If you’re hitting the road and heading our way for the Easter weekend, relax, we’ve done the hard work for you by rounding up our favourite places heading down through the King Valley from our Cheese Factory.

We’ve got plenty going on over the long weekend with some ‘Factory Only’ aged Capricornia and Tomme available exclusively for Easter customers! The shelves are well stocked with hampers and preserves and the fridges are laden with our handmade cheese. We are trading as normal, every day from 9am-5pm.

The King Valley is one of Victoria’s most picturesque spots and is well worth the drive for the scenery alone – the vineyards and great local produce make it a ‘must see’. Here are our top picks in the region.

Pizzini

The Pizzini’s and the King Valley go together like wine and cheese! Pizzini is a family owned vineyard run by Alfredo and Katrina Pizzini and their four adult children. Their winemaking dream began in 1978 when Alfredo and Katrina planted their first vines in the King Valley. By way of honouring their Italian heritage, the pair chose to plant only Italian wine varietals and have been at the forefront of the King Valley’s distinctly Australian-Italian wine industry ever since.

We’re big fans of their Sangiovese.


Image Credit: James Williams

Dal Zotto

We can’t mention Dal Zotto without mentioning Prosecco. Patriarch Otto Dal Zotto was born in the Veneto region of Italy. After settling in the King Valley, Otto established the Dal Zotto vineyard and pioneered the development of the Prosecco grape in Australia, converting Australian hearts and palettes to Italy’s popular sparkling. With the business steeped in tradition and family, dining at Dal Zotto is like pulling up a seat at a family table, with authentic and comforting food made by Nonna Elena.

Try the cellar door only Pucino Col Fondo, a cloudy, handmade prosecco with a lovely sour, savoury palate.


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Mountain View Hotel

In the tiny hamlet of Whitfield you’ll find the Mountain View Hotel. The Pizzini family have run this popular gastro-pub since 1995 so you know you’re in good hands here, with a lengthy wine list that boasts the best of the region. The menu has been designed with a please-all approach, with dishes ranging from steaks to risotto. We can definitely recommend the 1KG Pork Knuckle, served with a dark beer jus, smashed potatoes and German sauerkraut!


Image Credit: James Williams

Chrismont

Chrismont opened the doors to a beautiful new wine, food and events complex in 2015. When stopping in for a tasting at the cellar door, you’ll first be struck by the stunning views over the vineyard. If you’ve got time to stay for lunch you’ll be treated to a seasonal, Italian-leaning menu, with time-honoured family recipes thrown in the mix. If you’re lucky enough not to be in the driver’s seat, treat yourself to a glass or two of their signature Barbera.


Image Credit: James Williams

* Special mention to King Valley Dairy that has launched (relocated from Myrtleford) since our eating, drinking and photographic reconnaissance mission of the King Valley. Naomi is at 107 Moyhu-Meadow Creek Rd

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