Recently I had a sojourn in a little town near King Valley, Victoria. Gorgeous green fields surrounded by snow capped mountains – barely a house in site. Pure silence but for the distant and occasional plane flying high overhead.

King Valley is a wine region known for Italian and some Spanish wines. Christmont wines has some terrific Italian wines including Marzemino – the grapes are originally from northern Italy and Sangiovese.

Brown Brothers in nearby Milawa is worth visiting for a variety of wines to taste. They are one of Australia’s oldest wineries and the current generation of the Brown family have created the fun but definitely worthwhile tasting “Kid You Not” label of two wines – a Tempranillo blend and Vioginier blend.