PAGE 32 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE KING VALLEY The bountiful King Valley is a long, narrow and picturesque valley located at the foothills of the Alpine National Park. It runs the length of the King River, surrounded by mountains, rivers and rolling hills, dotted with vineyards and old tobacco kilns. This delightful valley scenery can be enjoyed as you drive from the town of Milawa to the tiny hamlets of Whitfield and Cheshunt. Winemaking family The Pizzini winemaking family – known for producing Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio and Prosecco – has called the King Valley home since 1960, when the Pizzini Brothers purchased 100 acres of land to support their tobacco producing business. In 1978, Alfred and Katrina Pizzini began their diversification into wine production, and have since created a 'little piece of Italy', where fine food, wine, laughter, conversation and al fresco dining are the order of the day. Set in beautiful garden surrounds, with the vineyards and mountains as a backdrop, Pizzini Wines is a very special place. Cellar door Pizzini's cellar door is warm and welcoming, surrounded by gardens and hills, and is the perfect place to taste specialty Italian wine varieties that you might not be able to taste anywhere else in Australia, including Teroldego, Per Gli Angeli the winery's highlyacclaimed Sangiovese. Guests can enjoy a cheese or salumi plate with their tastings, or simply sip a glass of wine in the grounds, while taking in the beautiful views. Seated wine tastings are available every day from 10am. Tastings start at $10 per person. Bookings can be made online or by calling Pizzini on (03) 5729 8278. Pizzini Wines is located at 175 King Valley Road, Whitfield. To find out more, visit pizzini.com.au A little bit of Italy in the King Valley Pictured clockwise from top: Sharing fine food, wine and laughter, in a picturesque al fresco setting, is encouraged at Pizzini Wines. The winery is nestled among lush greenery, vineyards and mountains. Wine tasting is a real treat at Pizzini Wines. Rustic buildings and gardens add a European flavour to the winery. The popular Pizzini cellar door.