Touted as Melbourne’s best-kept secret, the King Valley is the epitome of #getawaygoals

Only a two-hour drive from Melbourne’s norther suburbs, the lush greenery, crystal-clear rivers and jaw-dropping landscape is enough to transport you to a world far away from the big smoke of city living. I set off on my journey armed with a vague geographical direction and images of wineries in mind. What I found was much more than that.

Once a tobacco hub, the King Valley is now home to award-winning wineries, pubs and fine dining restaurants. When the tobacco industry slowed, the Italian immigrant tobacco farmers turned to wine and food from their homeland, and helped propel the valley into the thriving gourmet destination that it is today.

CHRISMONT

“Set on an architecturally awarded site, with 360-degree views of the King Valley region, lunch at Chrismont is an experience that cannot be missed.

Owner Arnie Pizzini and his wife Jo dish out a Sicilian-inspired menu, inspired by Jo’s southern roots. With an emphasis on fresh produce and homestyle cooking techniques, the fare at Chrismont is set to impress. You cant go past the sardines beccafico, cured kalamata olives, oven-baked quail with cauliflower mash, pinenuts and raisins, and orecchiette with mushrooms. Wash it all down with a glass of Chrismont’s own King Valley Riesling 2016 and you’ve got yourself a meal fit for a king (all puns intended).”

Read the full article here by Manveen Maan, Urban Life Magazine

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