The small settlement of Edi is encountered approximately 22km from Wangaratta, with a nice rest area (on the left) as you enter the settlement. The rest area has river frontage, with tables, chairs and plenty of shade, making for a nice morning tea stop.
King Valley Estate Winery is diagonally opposite the rest area, and is a noted leader in the production of biodynamic wines. Trevor loves a chat, makes exceptional wines and now offers wood fired pizzas, so definately worth a stop!
Just beyond Edi, an unsignposted (and unsealed) slip road to the left leads to Edi Reserve, a popular camping area on river flats alongside the King River. There are many excellent campsites here, with toilet facilities being provided at each end of the Reserve. Expectedly there is plenty of shade, and it is easy to avoid the neighbours and to claim your own section of river beach. The Reserve continues for about 2km, and reappears further down the Whitfield Road. If you by-pass the Reserve, the roadway now climbs up on the side of a ridge, passing through an area known as Edi Cutting.
Hyem Railway Station is a few kilometres beyond the Cutting, with La Cantina Winery being a right turn a few kilometres beyond the station signage.
Jarrodd Railway Station is about three kilometres up the Valley from Hyem, and in the same area, Gracebrook Winery is a right hand turn; the Winery is set in an old horse stables and has a great location on a hillslope, making it a popular venue for a relaxing lunch overlooking the valley and wines. An amazing family, they are all involved in the business in some way, shape or form. Be sure to meet their pet deer, feed the farm animals, sample some of their wines and enjoy their ever changing menu featuring produce from the farm. If you’re visiting with friends – be sure to have a friendly game of bocce before lunch arrives. A great way to pass by the afternoon.