Posted: 10 May 2016

5 of the best reasons to visit the King Valley

Katherine and Caroline BrownIf wine could find a way into human DNA, Katherine and Caroline Brown would be made of the stuff. As the fourth generation of the Brown Family, Katherine and Caroline play key roles in the 125-year-old wine making business, Katherine as an assistant wine maker and Caroline as public relations manager.

Their family business is based in Milawa, a beautiful town at the gateway to the King Valley in north-eastern Victoria. Brown Brothers’ popular cellar door offers one of Australia’s biggest range of wine varieties to taste, but Katherine and Caroline enjoy exploring the gourmet delights of the King Valley. These are their five favourites.

1. Milawa Cheese Company

17 Factory Rd, Milawa, 5727 3589

The Milawa Cheese Company is a must if you’re visiting the King Valley. Located in the historic Milawa Butter Factory, you can enjoy handmade cheeses and even make your own at regular masterclasses from Anna-Kate Pizzini. Don’t forget to visit the Cheese Company restaurant, where sourdough is baked fresh on-site and the wine list showcases the best of the region.Dal Zotto Wines Trattoria. Picture by Jamie Durrant

2. Dal Zotto Winery

4861 Main Rd, Whitfield, 5729 8321

The Dal Zotto family know good food and wine. For Italian-inspired dishes made from regional produce, visit their Trattoria. Family matriarch Nonna Elena works hard to provide the kitchen with the freshest ingredients from the property’s garden.

Chrismont Guest House3. Chrismont Guest House

251 Upper King River Rd, Cheshunt, 5729 8220

If you’re planning a King Valley stay, the Chrismont Guest House is unrivalled. The property features three bedrooms and a balcony with stunning vineyard views. On request, the team will prepare a gourmet basket filled with all the essentials you’ll need to cook up a delicious barbecue while you soak up the scenery. You’ll never want to leave.

4. La Cantina

54 Honey’s Lane, King Valley, 5729 3615 

Gino Corsini moved from Italy to Australia when he was just 19 and now runs his own winery, La Cantina. In 2015, La Cantina was chosen by Gourmet Traveller magazine as the King Valley’s best small cellar door. Visit the Tuscan-style cellar door for a cheeky glass of Gino’s Vino.

5. A Tavola Cooking School

Pizzini Wines, 175 King Valley Rd, Whitfield, 5729 8278

If you want to learn the art of Italian cooking, Katrina Pizzini teaches classes ten months of the year at Pizzini. If you’re lucky she might divulge the secret of her famous homemade gnocchi. It’s delicious and well worth the visit.

Christian Dal Zotto’s guide to the King Valley




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