King Valley Prosecco Road
The Road to Prosecco
Venture to the King Valley in Victoria's High Country and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported to the picturesque hills of northern Italy. For the vineyards, perched on the fertile slopes that rise above the King River, are home to great wines and their makers. First, second and third generation Italian migrant families continue a tradition, today treating the Australian palate with their Mediterranean-inspired wines. Pinot grigio, arneis, verduzzo, sangiovese, tempranillo and barbera formed their first wave.
Then in 2000, inspired by a childhood growing up in the town of Valdobbiadene, the birthplace of prosecco, Otto Dal Zotto planted the first prosecco vines in the King Valley. Its fresh, crisp, palate proved instantly popular with those seeking a relaxed yet stylish, celebratory drink. Since that first planting, four other King Valley winemakers have followed suit - Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Pizzini and Sam Miranda. In 2011, all five joined forces to create an exciting new food and wine trail especially for lovers of the sparkling Italian white.
A unique prosecco experience that captures the heart of the King Valley, Prosecco Road is an exciting food and wine trail that includes intimate tastings with the makers. Savour rustic Italian cuisine and learn about the region over bocce, food and wine while stopping at five prosecco producers in the valley.
The wineries of Dal Zotto, Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Pizzini and Sam Miranda have created the self-drive prosecco and food trail, which highlights the region's Italian heritage and its claim as being the home of Italian bubbly in Australia.