155 - 860m
The valley’s continental climate provides warm days and cool nights, influenced by the katabatic breeze that sweeps northward down the valley from the high country. A range of microclimates are available from the slightly warmer valley floors to the bracingly cool upper slopes. This variance in elevation is why the King Valley region can produce such a wide range of wine styles.
The King Valley in North East of Victoria follows the King River, flowing from its upper reaches in the Alpine National Park, due north to the Rural City of Wangaratta. The valley ranges from a broad river basin in the north around Milawa and Moyhu, to the ranges in the extreme south peaking at over 800m.
There is an abundance of suitable land, with most vineyards established on relatively gentle slopes, typically facing north and north east. Notably, the King Valley is one of the highest altitude grape growing regions in Australia. The soil is mostly a deep red clay loam, at times tending more to grey or brown in colour, but having the same structure.
Relatively new to the valley, producing an un-oaked wine with a profusion of flavour possibilities including citrus, ripe pears, apple and lime.
The valley’s most widely planted and popular white grape variety, used for sparkling wines and wood aged dry whites, varying from rich and opulent through to the more restrained styles.
PINOT GRIGIO / GRIS
One of the newer varieties in the valley, producing a delightfully spicy wine with flavour nuances varying from pear to spiced apple custard to toasted almonds.
An Italian variety from northern Italy used for producing a much loved aromatic sparkling wine.
An aromatic Italian variety from Liguria and Sardinia. Reminiscent of Riesling with lemon citrus characters.
Just when we were getting used to enjoying Albarino, DNA testing revealed the true identity of this white grape. Still tastes just the same – fresh and zippy with a citrus expression on the finish – but the pedigree has moved from Spain to France.
There are more plantings in the valley of this variety than any other, and for good reason. The wines display classic mint and blackcurrant flavours and blossom beautifully with ageing.
Distinctly Italian, of savoury blackberry and herb flavours with natural acidity.
A spicy Italian with a hint of violets behind the summer berries.
A wine with generous tannins and acid underlying the cherry, rose, and strawberry tart flavours. A reputation for being a long-lived wine.
The upper reaches of the valley in particular provide fruit that is steeped in flavour to provide the basis for the valley’s remarkable sparkling wines.
The valley is nationally acknowledged for its high quality Sangiovese, a medium to full- bodied red that resonates with flavours of aniseed, prune and dark cherry.
A Georgian variety of deep red colour, with blackberry, mulberry, and ripe cherry flavours. Plush tannins and good grip are indicators of ageing potential.
The French variety that Australia has made its own. King Valley styles display white pepper and spice with lifted berry and ripe plum flavours.
A full-bodied French variety richly textured with a dense red colour. Spicy and mouth filling.
The main variety of Spain and one of the world’s classic grapes. It produces deeply coloured and highly flavoursome wines on a medium palate.