Real Italian hospitality

10 wineries offer a feast of fine wine, food, music in the King Valley

READY TO GO: Francesco Ciccone, of Francesco Wines, is looking forward to greeting visitors to his winery this weekend. PHOTOS: Kylie Wilson

THOUSANDS of people are expected to head to the majestic King Valley to savor new release Italian wines and authentic nonna food at 10 cellar doors for the annual Weekend Fit for A King over the next few days.

And no one is more excited about it than boutique winemaker Francesco Ciccone.

The owner of the quaint Francesco Wines, pocketed in a picturesque farmlet at the top of the valley, has a new appreciation of life, given a ‘near death’ experience several months ago.

He is happily back at home and on the mend after a car accident in March left him with a broken hip, neck injury and six broken ribs.

Now mobile with the aid of a walking stick, Mr Ciccone is keen to get back in the swing of cellar door sales and winemaking, excited by the propsect of his cellar door humming with activity.

“They wanted to hold me longer, but I told them I wanted to go,” Mr Ciccone said of his hospital stay.

“It is a miracle to be alive.”

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