Pizzini Wines

~ The King Valley ~

The King Valley wine region produces a broad range of grape varieties, from traditional French to the more intriguing Italians.

Pizzini Vineyard Sites

Pizzini's 170 acres of vineyard plantings span both the gentle slopes of the King Valley hills and the second terrace flats leading to the King River. Pizzini vineyards have a well-drained north easterly aspect, with red volcanic soils containing decaying basalt on the slopes and gravelly, sandy clay loam soils on the second terrace.

Riesling was the first variety planted in 1978, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc followed soon after. In the late 1980s, Alfredo began to experiment with Italian varietals Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. After establishing that the King Valley terroir was very well suited to Italian varietals, Alfredo planted Verduzzo, Arneis and Picolit.

Over the past decade Alfredo and Joel have worked intensely with their land to identify sites that best suit particular grape varieties. They have grafted one variety to another in some areas and re-planted others with new varieties. The mosaic of vineyards created, each with its own unique characteristics, now produce exceptional fruit quality. They especially like some of the micro sites they have identified through this process

- certain little gullies and areas at the top of the hills that consistently produce reserve-quality Sangiovese and Nebbiolo grapes. But they haven’t finished yet as they identify and plant out new sites with new clones of Italian grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and Moscato as these become accessible in Australia. The evolution of Pizzini Wines vineyards will be continual.

 

Discover our King Valley vineyard

Over the past decade we specifically set out to rearrange certain areas of our vineyards, we worked intensely with our land to identify sites which would best suit particular grape varieties.

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Over the past decade we specifically set out to rearrange certain areas of our vineyards, we worked intensely with our land to identify sites which would best suit particular grape varieties.

After years of grafting one variety to another and re-planting other sites with new varieties, we now feel our mosaic of vineyards with their unique characteristics

can produce exceptional fruit quality, especially those running down the little gullies and at the top of the hills.

We haven’t finished yet, with newly identified sites along the top of the vineyard to be planted out and new clones of exciting Italian grape varieties becoming increasingly more accessible, our vineyard upgrades will be continual.

 

- Discover our King Valley Vineyard -

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The King Valley

It is these Italian varieties that put the King Valley in a class of its own
in the Australian wine industry. No other region is growing the diversity
and quantity of Italian grape varieties, backed up by a wine community
with deep roots in Italy.

Viticulture


It is these Italian varieties that put the King Valley in a class of its own in the Australian wine industry. No other region is growing the diversity and quantity of Italian grape varieties, backed up by a wine community with deep roots in Italy.

Many producers came to Australia as children from Italian birthplaces with centuries’ old wine industries and traditions that they are passing onto subsequent generations and sharing with the communities they are now an integral part of.

The King Valley wine region stretches north from the Whitlands/Cheshunt/Whitfield area, loosely following the line of the King River, up to the townships of Oxley and Milawa and surrounds. Current plantings of approximately 1800 hectares represent half of all vineyard area in North East Victoria.

About 70 families make their living from growing grapes in the cool climate King Valley. They produce over 18,000 tonnes of grapes annually, with some sold locally and some going to other Australian wine producers. There are over eighteen family-owned wineries in the King Valley who use a proportion of what they grow for their own wine labels.

 
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