Wine grapes have been grown on the Oxley Plains since last century, with the Brown family operating their well-known winery at Milawa from 1889. There are now over 70 families in the King Valley dependent on grapes as their primary source of income. The total vineyard area in the King Valley is 1800ha, representing half of all plantings in North East Victoria.
The King Valley produces many high-quality wines using traditional grape varieties, but also successfully produces Italian varietals such as Prosecco and Sangiovese.
King Valley is the birthplace of Australian-made premium prosecco. A number of styles are now produced within the valley - fresh, crisp styles displaying delicate citrus and apple characters are enjoyed in their youth, while more complex toasty styles are served after some time in bottle.
King Valley now leads the way as Australia's premier region for Sangiovese. The wine shows savoury, dark cherry flavours and earthy characters with fine tannins and cleansing acidity.
Climate – Warm days and cool nights, influenced by the katabatic breeze that sweeps northward down the valley from the high country. Ripening varies with climatic differences down the valley, influencing the styles of wine.
Soils – The variations in topography, soils and climate provide an ideal location for growing the world’s finest wine varieties, hailing from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia.
Harvest – Mid-March to late May
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Arneis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Marzemino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Tannat and Vermentino