Wine­mak­ing fam­i­lies wel­come win­ter

North East Tourist News - - Wine Country -

THE an­nual Weekend Fit For a King Fes­ti­val is hosted again this Queen’s Birth­day Weekend by wine­mak­ing fam­i­lies of the King Val­ley.

At a time when we start to think about com­fort food, con­vivi­al­ity and lus­cious red wines, the re­gion wel­comes vis­i­tors with open arms.

Vis­i­tors can talk di­rectly with the wine­maker and be amongst the first to taste the new vintage.

A $20 tast­ing glass, pur­chased at any of the nine par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies, be­comes a ticket to taste.

If san­giovese is not your favourite, ex­plore the breadth of the re­gion’s of­fer­ings, from prosecco, pinot gri­gio, arneis, Ries­ling, chardon­nay, shi­raz, caber­net and neb­bi­olo.

Tast­ings are matched by a feast of Ital­ian style rus­tic fare.

Im­mi­grant farm­ers and wine grow­ers have shaped the val­ley’s food cul­ture, and passed down be­tween the gen­er­a­tions recipes for lasagne, can­noli, salami and other spe­cial­i­ties, avail­able for pur­chase across the weekend.

Fam­i­lies and chil­dren will find plenty of rea­son to linger, with live mu­sic, bocce and craft ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event is an an­nual high­light for wine­mak­ing fam­i­lies of the King Val­ley, from small op­er­a­tors such as La Cantina and Dar­ling Es­tate, to in­ter­na­tional brands such as Brown Broth­ers.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies are Brown Broth­ers, Dar­ling Es­tate, Poli­tini Wines, Chris­mont, La Cantina, Sam Mi­randa, Dal Zotto, Pizzini and Sym­pho­nia.

For fur­ther de­tails, see www. wine­soft­hek­ing­val­

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