King Valley is the self-proclaimed “Australian home of Italian wine styles,” thanks to the large population of Italian immigrants and their descendants. Like other native Italian vines, Pinot Grigio thrives here, thanks to the rich soils, bright sunshine and cool breezes from the surrounding mountain ranges and the King River. In short, there’s a reason winemakers like Bill were so determined to save this spot – it’s a serious grape-growing heaven.
Bill is a big cheese lover, so he suggests Piave (a firm cow’s milk cheese from Italy’s Veneto region) as a perfect pairing for his kingly Pinot Grigio. At meal time, serve it with simply prepared seafood dishes, such as baked white fish with a squeeze of lemon, or grilled calamari. As you’d expect, it’s also delightfully refreshing all on its own.