"King Valley for a touch of Italy in a bottle" King Valley by pedroswift
King Valley Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 2 photos
Let me run a couple of names past you:-
Albarino, Arneis, Barberra, Brachetto, Cienna, Dolcetto , Flora, Furmint, Graciano, Lagrein, Marzemino, Meunier, Mondeuse, Moscato, Muscadelle, Nebbiolo, Nero D'Avola, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Orange Muscat, Picolit, Prosecco , Roussanne, Sangiovese, Saperavi, Tannat, Tarrango, Tempranillo, Touriga, Verduzzo, Vermentino, Viognier
Wine aficionados will immediately recognize some if not all of these exotic names as grape varieties or wine styles. All of them represent a step (or two) away from the familiar - good old shiraz, cabernet, merlot, riesling, chardonnay, and the ubiquitous sauvignon blanc. Did you know that over sixty percent of wine bottles opened in Australia these days are sauvignon blanc?
Arooogah! Arooogah! Alert! Alert! Don’t fall right into the rut of drinking the same drop every day! Give your taste buds a bit of an adventure every now and again. Go out of your way to try some of the varieties listed above: not all Italian by the way.
Better still, plan a trip to the King Valley where they are grown. They are just waiting for YOU to discover them. If you hail from Oz, in current times of financial uncertainty, such an adventure is guaranteed to cost you a little bit less than trying these wines in their originating countries - Italy, Spain, France. You'll taste in far less intimidating circumstance too. The hospitality at Cellar Door Sales places at wineries in the King Valley ( and most wineries in Australia) far exceeds anything you will find in Europe.
Historically the area specialised in tobacco growing. Hence the strong Italian heritage. When tobacco took a dive, vineyards of Italian varieties previously grown for home winemaking expanded to commercial size.
Now over a dozen and a half companies in the upper valley grow grapes in ideal cool climate conditions and make such a huge range of wine that King Valley has gained recognition as Australia's most dynamic and diverse wine region. We have personally visited just a few of those with cellar door tasting rooms -
Chrismont, Pizzini, King River Estate, Brown Brothers, Wood Park and John Gehrig Wines enjoying the wines sampled at all of the wineries visited. As a matter of fact, I've just finished off a bottle of Sparkling red from King River Estate purchased during the visit. Discover more King valley makers.
There are several places worthy of a stop for food as well. We loved our winter's lunch (in 2006) in the hotel at Whitfield and would not hesitate to return. Brown Brothers (at Milawa) and the Milawa Cheese Company have great food as well as wine and a little research will reveal other eating opportunities in/near the Valley. eg. I've read reviews of Rinaldos but will have eat there in the future.
- Pros:Welcome mat out wherever you go
- Cons:Too many wines to taste - too little time
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