Italian Varieties In King Valley
It's a shame the King Valley in northern Victoria hasn't been renamed ‘Re Valle’ (King Valley in Italian), in honour of its deep Italian heritage. Plenty of workers of Italian descent finished their time on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Scheme then decided the King Valley was a great place to settle. The wine world is better off for it.
Amongst the rolling hills and dales of the King Valley lies some of Australia's most exciting wineries and vineyards. It's a verdant, attractive region that once played host to Australian bushrangers and broad acre tobacco plantations, now, food and wine come together with a focus on hospitality and ‘alternative’ Australian grape varieties.
On of the reasons the King Valley is special is it holds court to some of Australia's best Italian-Australian wines – Sangiovese, Arneis, Verduzzo, Prosecco and Nebbiolo are all grown very successfully here.
Meanwhile, the evolution continues, more obscure but rapidly popular varieties like Barbera and Vermentino have been coming on board and the King Valley seems again to be a powerhouse of inspiration.
The King Valley's climate and soils, plus hard work from vignerons, has given birth to a wealth of food friendly, medium to full bodied reds and light to medium weight white wines. The wines are accented by frisky acidity and savoury flavours, perfect when matching with some of Australia's favourite Mediterranean inspired meals.
At WineMarket we've been known to crack a Sangiovese with a pizza, that's for sure, and who doesn't like Bolognese and Nebbiolo? Meanwhile, Prosecco has been hitting our radar – a great alternative to Australia's normal sparkling wines and as refreshing as many of the imported styles.
Let's all join in and say ‘King Valley, me gusta!’ Or something like that…