Guidebook King Valley: From Italy with love

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King Valley: From Italy with love

The King Valley is inhabited by Italians who arrived to plant tobacco after World War II, “and their surnames and their grapes suggest that this part of northeast Victoria should really have been called La Valle del Re,” says the British wine magazine Decanter. “So plentiful are these winemakers, and so keen on the grapes of the old country, that several have banded together to form a 50km-long wine and food trail called the Prosecco Road … At Brown Brothers, we tasted through a vast array of wines at the gigantic cellar door. Brown Brothers doesn’t do minimalism: by far the largest of the King Valley wineries, it produces about a million cases a year from around 45 grape varieties. Many pay homage to Italy, and the roll-call of Italian grapes includes Arneis, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Vermentino – and, of course, Prosecco, or Glera.” Decanter also visited the Sam Miranda winery, “folded gently into the hillside,” who is trying to make a top-tier Nebbiolo, and the larger Pizzini winery located in a “gorgeous repurposed tobacco shed,” where Fred Pizzini is a “Nebbiolo obsessive.”

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