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This family-owned winery specialises in Italian varietals and offers some of the best wine in the King Valley
The Pizzini family planted their first vines on their Whitfield property in 1978, initially growing grapes for nearby wine behemoth Brown Brothers. In the 1990s the Pizzinis decided to go into business for themselves, releasing their first wine under the Pizzini label in 1994.
The winery is still a family affair. As you can probably guess from the name, that family is Italian, and their specialty wines are too. The King Valley is known for its prosecco, and Pizzini makes a ripper one. The winery makes excellent riesling, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and merlot, but the Pizzinis' real passion is Italian varietals. There are numerous styles, price points and vintages of nebbiolo and sangiovese, all of them completely delicious. These are wines you don't usually find at Australian wineries, so settle in and make the most of a trip to the King Valley by tasting them all (and buying a few to take home; you won't regret it).
You can also stay at Pizzini (maybe the best option if you try a few too many of those Italian wines), with a self-contained two-bedroom cottage available for hire on the property. There is also a cooking school on site, A Tavola, run by Katrina Pizzini. Most classes focus on Italian cooking, but there are also sessions on pickling, pastry and tapas.