WELCOME TO KING VALLEY
The beauty of North East Victoria
King Valley is a wine-producing and agricultural region between Wangaratta and the Alpine National Park in North East Victoria. King Valley has one of the greatest varieties of any wine region in Australia, and is the home of Redbank. We combine Italian heritage and cool climate styles to produce wines of finesse.
Only a three hour drive north-east of Melbourne, "the region is now a thriving network of cellar doors and tasting rooms dedicated to celebrating the finer things in life: food, wine and company" - Linsey Rendell, Broadsheet.
The King Valley follows the King River, which flows from its upper reaches in the Alpine National Park, due north to the Rural City of Wangaratta. The valley ranges from a broad river basin in the north around Milawa and Moyhu, to the ranges in the extreme south, peaking at over 800m.
Redbank’s vines are located on top of the western range of the King Valley, which is also the western side of the Great Dividing Mountain Range, Australia’s only mountain range. Our vines sit between 600 and 700 meters above sea level making the wines produced from these high altitude, ultra premium wines.
A Rich History
The King Valley has a history which includes bush rangers and Chinese and Italian immigration.
The Chinese migrants came from the Goldfields in the mid-19th century and brought with them a rich heritage as market gardeners, tobacco growers and merchants.
Italian migrants came to the region in the 1940s and 1950s and following the Chinese migrants grew tobacco but it was not long before they realised the enormous potential of the region to produce European wine varietals.