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King Valley and Surrounds

Situated in Victoria’s High Country, King Valley is a scenic 45 minute drive from Wangaratta and the Hume Highway at Glenrowan.

Stunning and picturesque, you can indulge in a lot or very little of the experiences on offer. Bushwalk, cycle, fish, take in the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and streams, enjoy wine tasting and indulge in gourmet food.

Visit local wineries & cafes or enjoy local natural wonders.

Paradise Falls: Spectacular 31m drop waterfall located 11km off the beaten track just out of Cheshunt in the Alpine National Park. Peaceful and stunning.

Lake William Hovell: Tranquil reserve. BBQ & amenities available. Kayak, fish, swim, walk. Located 16km from Cheshunt.

Power’s Look-out: Bushranger Harry Power’s hide-out. A short scenic drive from Whitfield and an easy walk to the viewpoint with a stunning view of King Valley and beyond.

Mt. Cobbler: 4WD access – campsites & walking trails.

Edi Cutting: riverside camping ground located at Edi.

For more information on King Valley and surrounds including accommodation see:

Visit King Valley      Victoria’s High Country      Wines of the King Valley



Salvatore (Sam) Politini was born in Francofonte, a typical rural Sicilian village surrounded by orange orchards and vineyards, where his father worked in a local winery. In 1956, at the age of twenty-one, he migrated to Australia with his brother. In Australia the two share-farmed tobacco. In 1959 they purchased their own farm at Cheshunt in the King Valley. Sam married Josie (Giuseppina), a girl from the Ovens Valley who was born in the Sicilian mountain town of Ramacca. While Sam and Josie initially grew tobacco on their farm’s river-flats, little did they know that the dry ridge above their home would be the future site of the Politini vineyard.

In 1989, together with their four children, Sam and Josie planted 12 hectares of vines to grow grapes for local wineries, later increasing this to 28 hectares. The first plantings were Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1997 Shiraz and Merlot were planted. The Politini family launched their own label with its 2000 vintage. Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 2003. Recent additions to the vineyard have been the Italian grapes Sangiovese and Nero d’Avola, as well as the Sicilian variety Grecanico.

Our Logo

The Politini logo on our label is a modified version of the Trinachria, Sicily’s ancient heraldic emblem. It has a blazing Australian sun, flanked by three running legs bent at the knee, which represent the three points of Sicily’s island. It’s been said that few places have quite so much naked, molten history as Sicily. The past informs the present, and our emblem reflects both our Sicilian heritage and the opportunities offered by a new land.