Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

King Valley


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government policies and subsidies to the tobacco industry were phased out and the tobacco farms have steadily been replaced by vineyards.


Varieties

Prosecco, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Arneis and Barbera

Climate

Continental

International Airport

Melbourne

Distance from state
capital city

3 hours North East of Melbourne

Fact Sheet

For information on the wineries in this region, download the King Valley fact sheet.

Ultimate Winery Experiences

Our wineries have created a select series of iconic must-do experiences in Australia's wine regions. We've hand-selected this diverse range so you can discover more about what goes on beyond the cellar door.
A tavola! Cooking School

A tavola! Cooking School

Inspirational hands on cooking classes

Food & Wine Adventure

Food & Wine Adventure

Forage and dine

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Pizzini Overnight Wine and Food Escape

Pizzini Overnight Wine and Food Escape

Wine Tasting, fine dining and accommodation

Pop & Fizz

Pop & Fizz

Open your eyes and palates to the surprising potential of Prosecco

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Private Italian Cooking School Experience

Private Italian Cooking School Experience

Immerse yourself in fine Italian-Style food and wine

Prosecco Brunch

Prosecco Brunch

Enjoy your very own private Prosecco Lounge

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The Maker's Journey

The Maker's Journey

From grape to glass

Wine Blending at Brown Brothers

Wine Blending at Brown Brothers

Ever wondered how a wine blend is created?

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Hand-Picked Accommodation

Rather than rush through our wine regions, relax and take your time. Choose from a selection of places to stay on after sunset .
Mountain View Hotel

Mountain View Hotel

4 King Valley Road,
Whitfield, Victoria

Pizzini Accommodation

Pizzini Accommodation

175 King Valley Road,
Whitfield, Victoria

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Experience More

Our winery experiences work in well with many other types of tours and attractions. Read on for our recommendations on other things to experiences in Australia's wine regions.
Bullawah Cultural Trail

Bullawah Cultural Trail

Bickerton street,
Wangaratta VIC

Eating Travel

Eating Travel

Bespoke tours of the King Valley

Goldrush Ballooning

Goldrush Ballooning

Brown Brothers,
239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa VIC

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Guided Escapes

Our people know people. Read on to see how our touring partners pull it all together, picking you up from home then delivering you beyond the multiple cellar doors in our wonderful wine regions.
Acacia Luxury Private Tours

Acacia Luxury Private Tours

Luxury King Valley Touring

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Business Events

Professional Development Sessions

Professional Development Sessions

Memorable Meetings

Virtual tastings at Pizzini

Virtual tastings at Pizzini

Virtual tastings,
Pizzini Wines

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What's on in the Region


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