Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

Goldrush Ballooning

Brown Brothers, 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa VIC

Ballooning across north-east Victoria's high country with Goldrush Ballooning is nothing short of magical.

The picturesque King Valley offers fantastic panoramas and Goldrush Ballooning, together with Brown Brothers, have created the perfect premium ballooning experience. From the vineyards and patchwork of fields, the views expand to the Ovens River, spectacular Mt Buffalo and the high country beyond. Glide across Mansfield and take in epic vistas of Mt Buller, Mt Timbertop and glittering Lake Eildon.

Your experience begins with easy parking at the meeting points in Mansfield and Milawa; transfers in the 4WD Sprinter to the launch site, and return from the landing.

Enjoy a spectacular one-hour sunrise balloon flight across the Victorian High Country, hosted by an expert team who keep you informed throughout. Finish off your experience with a delicious post-flight breakfast - optional and highly recommended.

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Pizzini Vineyards
A three hour drive north of Melbourne, discover the King Valley, one of the most picturesque and unspoilt valleys in Australia

Victoria’s stunning King Valley is located at the foothills of the Alpine National Park, approximately 3 hours North East of Melbourne. The King Valley wine region has become known as Australia’s home of Italian wine varietals, including Prosecco, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Arneis and Barbera, although King Valley varietals also include premium traditional cool climate wines.

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. The region takes advantage of a range of microclimates, from the slightly warmer valley floors to the bracingly cool upper slopes, enabling production of a wide range of wine styles.

The valley follows the King River which flows from the mountainous ranges all the way down to the city of Wangaratta.

HISTORY

Winemaking in the King Valley dates back to the late 19th century with the Brown family planting their first vines in Milawa in 1889.  The prominence of Italian wine varietal production in the King Valley reflects the region's relatively recent history as well as the favourable climate. For many years the area was occupied by numerous tobacco farms and many of the tobacco farmers were of Italian origin. From the late 1970's favourable government policies and subsidies to the tobacco industry were phased out and the tobacco farms have steadily been replaced by vineyards.