Category Archives: WINE & FOOD

Dal Zotto Wines & Trattoria

The Dal Zotto family blends generations of Italian wine making expertise and hospitality with a contemporary Australian touch. The result is the essential King Valley experience. Converted tobacco sheds house the cellar door, enjoying stunning views over the vineyard and the valley.

Our acclaimed traditional Italian varietal wines can be tasted with family or savoured with the exquisite menu of local produce at our Italian Trattoria open weekends from 12noon-4.30pm. Visit the website for information and a calendar of events.

Open 10:00am – 5:00pm

4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Whitfield

Phone: 03 5729 8321



Chrismont Wines & Restaurant

Located in the higher reaches of the scenic King Valley, Chrismont’s thirty years in vineyard management combined with an innovative approach in winemaking, delivers wines of uncompromising quality and distinction.

Awarded a five star rating and highlighted as one of the best ten “dark horses” in James Halliday’s “Australian Wine Companion” 2010 Edition, Chrismont is passionate in showcasing diverse wine varietals the Australian lifestyle continues to embrace.

Open 10:00am – 5:00pm

251 Upper King River Road, Cheshunt

Phone: 03 5729 8220



Wines of King Valley

Cellar door, restaurant & accommodation
251 Upper King River Rd, Cheshunt
03 5729 8220
11am – 5pm 7 days

Cellar door
Whitty Ln, Whitfield
0487 298 396
By appointment
Cellar door, trattoria & accommodation
4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield
03 5729 8321
10am – 5pm 7 days
Cellar Door
4 King Valley Rd, Whitfield
03 5729 8270
Open from 11am 7 days
Cellar door, Cooking School & accommodation
175 King Valley Rd, Whitfield
03 5729 8278
10am – 5pm 7 days
Cellar Door & accommodation
65 Upper King River Rd, Cheshunt
03 5729 8277
11am – 5pm 7 days

Hurdle Creek Still – Gin Distillery

THE first gin distillery in the King Valley is tapping into renewed interest worldwide in the spirit.

FRESH APPROACH: Simon Brooke-Taylor makes his own spirit from barley and oats and infuses it with botanicals such as citrus, pink peppercorns, hops, coriander and fennel.

FRESH APPROACH: Simon Brooke-Taylor makes his own spirit from barley and oats and infuses it with botanicals such as citrus, pink peppercorns, hops, coriander and fennel.

Hurdle Creek Still operators Simon Brooke-Taylor and Wendy Williams opened the stillhouse at their Bobinawarrah property on March 12 after three years of research.

English-born Mr Brooke-Taylor said gin – a spirit that derived its predominant flavour from juniper berries – had gained in popularity in England, Europe and the US.

“Three years ago gin was being rediscovered in the UK and we thought it was something that could go well here,” he said.

“We were starting to see signs of it happening in Australia last year; we were seeing new gins appearing.”

With a background in the food safety regulation industry and craft brewing, Mr Brooke-Taylor tested many recipes before they settled on their New World Gin and Aniseed Gin varieties.

“We make our own spirit from barley and oats and infuse it with light, fresh flavours in our botanicals,” he said.

“We try to use local products like citrus, pink peppercorns, hops, coriander and fennel.”

The process takes 10 days from grain to gin before it is bottled about a week later.

Corryong-born and bred Ms Williams said it was important the venture was sustainable.

“Our grain is also used to feed cattle and we are growing what botanicals we can,” she said.

“We hope to have our own lemon myrtle and fennel.”

Mr Brooke-Taylor said the stillhouse complemented the other food and wine ventures dotted throughout the King Valley.

“We sell at 42 per cent alcohol like the other premium brands in Australia,” he said.

They produce 700ml and 350ml bottles, packaged in a traditional label bearing the catchcry: “Somewhere in the world it’s gin time”.

The stillhouse, 216 Whorouly-Bobinawarrah Road, Bobinawarrah, opens weekends 10am-5pm and week days by appointment. Phone:  0411156773 or 0427331145


Stockists include the Moyhu Hotel, Wangaratta-Whitfield Road Moyhu open Wednesday to Sunday; also the Cellar Door for Merkel Wines

In part reproduced from The Border Mail 

Merkel Wines

Merkel Wines is an emerging label from a family with long history in King Valley. Young winemaker Glen Merkel has taken the exquisite fruit produced in the vineyard at Myrhee, crafted elegant cool-climate wines and bottled it under the family’s name for the first time in 2015. This is single-vineyard wine, proud and true to the region, exciting and dynamic.

Not just that, Glen and his family have also transformed the Moyhu Hotel, adding a cellar door to the beer garden, dining room and accommodation on offer.

Visit the cellar door Wednesday to Sunday, and watch the website and Facebook page for opportunities to view the stunning vineyard overlooking King Valley.

Merkel with text

11:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday – Sunday

or by appointment

Moyhu Hotel, 16-18 Byrne Street, Moyhu

Phone: 03 5727 9333