The beautiful King Valley is home to some wonderful annual events with a strong focus around the lovely food and wine the region has to offer. Below are some of the regions events;
Weekend Fit For a King
The King Valley's annual winter wine and food festival held over the Queen's Birthday weekend 9-10 June 2012. Enjoy delicious food, premium wines, toe tapping music and warm King Valley hospitality.
There are many new release wines on debut this weekend showcasing the diversity of styles and flavours of King Valley wines, including Grecanico, Saperavi, Marzemino and Barbera. Sip and chat with the winemakers as they reveal the fascinating stories behind these diverse wine styles. In addition to new release and other wines on tasting, there is a fantastic diversity of food and activities available. Wineries will be serving meals during the day (no bookings required) or hosting special lunches and dinners (bookings essential). Choose from hot and tasty home cooking through to stylish meals prepared by talented chefs - meals as diverse as the wines on offer.
With ten wineries participating there is something to suit everyone. You can sample Italian and international wine varieties and enjoy a range of gourmet food influenced by the regions distinct Italian culture. There are also plenty of activities and entertainment including live music, pasta making lessons, helicopter rides, petanque, giant chess plus lots for the kids to do.
To participate simply purchase a festival tasting glass for $15 at any of the participating wineries over the weekend or at the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre. The souvenir glass provides entry and wine tastings at all of the participating wineries, along with access to the high quality entertainment and activities the festival offers.
Download the festival brochure here>>
King Valley Art Show
The King Valley Art Show is held on the Queen's Birthday Weekend each year in June (8-10 June, 2013). With a grand prize of $3000 sponsored by Dal Zotto Wines the show displays some quality works that are enjoyed by locals and the visitors enjoying the Weekend Fit for a King festival. The show is held at King Valley Cucina, 4515 Wangaratta Whitfield Rd, King Valley. The Gala Opening is on Friday 7th June at 7:30pm and the show is open from 10am - 5pm on 8-10 June, 2013. Entry is $3.
Reserve your return seat on the Wangaratta bus Tickets $6. For reservations and information phone Michael 03 5729 7552 or www.kingvalleyartshow.com.au
Taste of Two Regions
Tastes of Two Regions is returning to Canberra on Sunday 1 July, bringing together two outstanding wine growing districts, Rutherglen and the King Valley. Enjoy tastings of regional wines and delicious artisan produce from passionate wine and food entrepreneurs, plus wine theatre sessions and an opportunity to win a short break in our fabulous area.
Winemaking has been at the heart of the Rutherglen region since the 1850s; today it is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. Generations later, the families who founded Rutherglen are still making wine, joined by entrepreneurial newcomers bringing fresh ideas to build on the region’s history. Rutherglen offers a rich diversity of styles – red and white table wines, sparkling wines and its internationally acclaimed fortified wines, all produced with a unique regional character.
The King Valley also has a long grape growing history, but only in relatively recent times has its recognition blossomed for producing outstanding wines based on Italian and other Mediterranean varieties. Wines such as Sangiovese and Prosecco are two varietal highlights that are shaping the region’s burgeoning profile and popularity. Using Italian grape varieties may come as no surprise given the King Valley’s strong Italian heritage, however the match is serendipitous given the similarities in grape growing conditions between the King Valley and Italian wine regions.
Together under the one roof during Tastes of Two Regions, Rutherglen and the King Valley are an unbeatable vinous tour de force, complemented by a range of artisan produce such as farmhouse cheeses, preserves, olive oils and cordials.
Download the Taste of Two Regions brochure here>>
La Dolce Vita
On November 16-17, 2013 celebrate ‘the sweet life’ with 12 King Valley wineries at their annual spring festival, La Dolce Vita.
Visitors will not only be able to sample Sangiovese and Prosecco in its Australian home, there will be varieties such as Arneis, Pinot Grigio, Savignan, Verduzzo, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo and more mainstream varieties for a tasting experience like no other.
There will be plenty to see and do for all the family with a range of delicious food including breakfast crepes, handmade pasta and gnocchi, wood fired pizzas, cheese plates, antipasto platters, seafood and more... Not to mention delectable dolce prepared by Italian Nonna’s and great coffee! There will be live music and activities including gnocchi rolling and wine spitting competitions, bocce, kid’s areas and activities, a jumping castle, a giant sand pit and special lunches and dinners (bookings required).
The 12 participating wineries are Boggy Creek, Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Ciccone, Eminence & Redbank, La Cantina, Pizzini, Politini, Primerano and Sam Miranda; and each winery bring its own unique style and character to the event. Experience the true Italian spirit and the sweet life this November in the King Valley.
Participating wineries fly a red "Participating Winery" flag. Only at participating wineries will you be able to purchase and use event glasses. A tasting fee (including a souvenir wine glass) applies on Saturday and Sunday at all participating wineries. All proceeds to Wines of the King Valley to develop local wine tourism.
Moyhu Farmers Market
Held at the Moyhu Lions Park on the third Saturday of each month from 8am till 12noon locals and visitors alike can pick up the very best of local produce at the Moyhu Farmers Market. Organised by the Moyhu Lions Club you will find espresso coffee, hot farmers breakfast, plants, fresh local fruit and vegies, handmade preserves and jams, bread, olive and lavender products, local meat, seasonal produce and more.