Discover a selection of the top Australian wineries in your state and find something sensational to sip this weekend.
The Pizzini family migrated from Italy to Victoria in the 1950s and originally forged a new life cultivating tobacco. Alfredo and Katrina Pizzini’s winemaking dream began in 1978 when they planted their first vines in the King Valley wine region in Victoria’s north east. The first Australian wine under the Pizzini label was produced in 1994, and today their four adult children all work in the business alongside them.
The Pizzinis have a strong connection to their Italian heritage and work hard to ensure that all aspects of their business focus on the tre armore of wine, food, family and friends. Italian varietal wines are a cornerstone of the business with red classics sangiovese and nebbiolo growing alongside the elegant white grapes verduzzo and arneis; and the sweet, frizzante pink brachetto playing a supporting role to prosecco.
Pizzini also produces a selection of more traditional varieties including sauvignon blanc, riesling, merlot and shiraz all of which are a testament to Australian winemaking.
At the cellar door, located in the original building that once housed the tobacco drying kilns, you can taste a large selection of Australian wines. You’ll also find the A Tavola! cooking school, where Katrina’s homemade produce range and Italian pantry staples are available to purchase. There’s a guesthouse for those planning a more relaxing stay, with sweeping vineyard and King Valley views.
A combination of Italian knowhow and an ideal climate culminates in a great pinot grigio. It is light and bright with flavours of fresh pear, straw, gooseberry and citrus.
The nose has lifted exotic spice and bright brambly red fruits (cherries and wild raspberries) with savoury undertones. The palate is soft, juicy and fleshy with flavours of cherry and plum. Soft, chalky tannins provide a lingering finish.