$15M GRAPES

King Valley wine grape production hits 16,000 tonnes

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THE King Valley is continuing to purify its brand as one of the nation’s best grape growing and wine making regions, with the National Vintage Report highlighting a massive $15 million of fruit production this year.

Italian varieties of grape such as Prosecco have helped elevate the region’s yield to 16,000 tonne in the 2017 vintage and the quality of the sought after flavour is “one of the best” nationally.

King Valley grape growers and winemakers have worked hard on the development of the white grape varieties with Prosecco valued at $2.92 million in the 2017 vintage report.

Wines of the King Valley president Dean Cleave-Smith said varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris have also brought growth to the local industry.

Some $3.59 million in these two grape varieties was achieved in the King Valley, according to the report.

“The King Valley has maintained its focus on its genuine Italian heritage and it is recognised nationally for this credibility,” Mr Cleave-Smith said.

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