The King Valley region in Victoria's high country is one of Australia’s largest premium wine regions producing the full spectrum of wine styles. Apart from its scenic contribution as a grape growing region, the diversity of  growing conditions provides a range of products from sparkling wines to fortified wines.


The strong Italian farming and grapegrowing heritage in King Valley has  been a significant factor in shaping the vibrancy and direction of the region. The region is a wonderful destination in all seasons with cellar doors, restaurants and great outdoor activities all to be enjoyed. 

Total Vineyard Area
36° 70'S
Growing season rainfall


This continues to be the most widely planted variety in the King Valley. Ripening readily the resultant wines are soft but flavoursome with flavours are in the sweet berry spectrum, with just a hint of mint and more herbaceous notes.

Pinot Gris / Grigio

Both the Gris and Grigio style are produced in the valley.  The Grigio wines boast fresh aromas of citrus and pear, with a palate of distinct savoury characters and a crisp finish thanks to the cool climate fruit. The French Gris style on the other hand is richer on the palate with an exquisite tang of tropical acids.


Sangiovese (and other Mediterranean varietals) have been shown to be perfectly suited to the region’s cool climate, with the wines developing  distinctive varietal characteristics.


Prosecco is being developed as the region’s new flagship sparkling wine while Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are principally utilised by many of Australia's leading sparkling winemakers as blend components. Otto Dal Zotto was the first to source and plant Prosecco in the King Valley and since Otto’s initial planting, many growers and wineries have discovered the charms of Prosecco, and planted as well.

Top varieties grown in King Valley
  • The climate changes progressively and significantly from lower northern to higher southern elevations, with a progressive increase in rainfall and a decrease in heat summations. 
  • Ripening is progressively delayed; the style of wine changes, and at the highest altitude only the earlier ripening white varieties are suited to table wines.  
  • The soil types vary significantly throughout the valley, changing with altitude, slope and site characteristics.  
  • Deep red clay loams abound, at times veering more to grey or brown in colour but having the same structure.  
  • Drainage is good, fertility high, and vigorous growth is encountered in virtually all sites. 

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