Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 34 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE KING VALLEY The King Valley is a place to live la dolce vita with fine food, wine and accommodation in one of Australia's oldest gourmet regions. When travelling across Milawa and the King Valley, you will be visiting the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung People. Here you can grab a glass of prosecco and look out over the lush valley slopes lined with grape vines, a place where the Italian migrant history complements the region's natural beauty. Spend some time here and you can discover scenic lookouts and misty waterfalls, breathe in the fresh alpine air, and watch the sun set over this special part of Victoria. Mountain View Hotel The Mountain View Hotel in Whitfield is an ideal spot to fill the belly and nourish the soul. Nestled in the centre of the tiny hamlet of Whitfield, in the King Valley, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens. In fact, the building is so well hidden, it is easy to miss as you drive through the town! The hotel has been owned by the Pizzini family since 1995. The Pizzini family also owns and runs Pizzini Wines (see previous pages for a feature on the winery) and the 'A tavola! Cooking School'. Pizzini Wines is just two kilometres from the hotel. The kitchen at the Mountain View Hotel is open seven days for both lunch and dinner, serving-up a varied menu that includes Australian favourites, Italian-inspired pastas, modern styled dishes and locally sourced meats. Best of all, there is something for all – including children – and the ingredients are always fresh and the service is always welcoming. The wine list includes a range of local and international wines and of course, a good range of Pizzini wines. There are a number of different areas for you to enjoy a drink or a meal at the hotel, including the lounge area, bar and beer garden. As you walk from the carpark to the beer garden, take time to admire the established trees that shade your journey, some of which were planted more than 100 years ago. The gently babbling Jessie's Creek runs around the perimeter of the beautiful old gardens and – if you're lucky – you might spot the resident platypus that has made the creek its home. The hotel also offers accommodation, with four newly-renovated motel units on site, each with an ensuite. The Mountain View Hotel is located at 2-4 King Valley Road, Whitfield. To book a meal, accommodation or find out more, call (03) 57298270 or visit A place to experience the sweet life Pictured clockwise from top: A view of the rolling vineyards and mountains of the beautiful King Valley. At Mountain View Hotel you can enjoy a plate of fresh oysters and prosecco in the beer garden. Open for lunch and dinner, the hotel offers varied menu that includes Australian favourites, Italian-inspired pastas, modern styled dishes and locally sourced meats. All photos: Visit Victoria