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La Cantina Wines from the King Valley develop a following in Sydney

Written by Aksel Ritenis

La Cantina Wines from the King Valley develop a following in Sydney

I recently discovered a great range of Preservative Free wines in Victorias King valley

From my personal  experience, to wit,..  my recent  Tasting in situ in the stunning King Valley,…I can tell you that La Cantina , some great Preservative Free wines starting with a really good Pinot Grigio,..right through to their famous Dry Red blend and the Italian varietals that you will find below.Just in the last few days I tried their silky smooth and nicely perfumed   La Cantina Nebbiolo 2019 ,..with mature rustic flavours that you wouldn’t generally find outside of Italy!

Nestled in the heart of the King Valley, North East Victoria, is the Corsini family’s vineyard and winery. They use traditional methods passed down through the generations.
All of their wines are made with no preservatives added, retaining the full characteristics of each grape variety.
The first blocks of La Cantina’s  vineyard were planted in the early 1980s, with blocks of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Dolcetto. This was largely instigated by Brown Brothers of Milawa , to whom they were  contracted at the time.
In 1997 Gino and Carmel Corsini decided to release their own label after the popularity of their homemade wine grew amongst family and friends.This led to building and opening the Tuscan style stone cellar door of La Cantina King Valley.This was then followed by plantings of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Barbera, and more recently Saperavi,(the ancient Georgian variety)  with the vineyard being very well suited to these alternative European varieties.
Today three generations of the Corsini family run the vineyard and winery. The Family  are proud of the fact that all fruit is estate grown, with the wine being made and bottled on site, just behind their cellar door. 
Range of WINES

Their wines are beautiful, different to many modern styles but delicious! The Corsini family has a passion for making traditional, no added preservative and vegan-friendly wines.

La Cantina King Valley is a small family owned winery situated 42kms south of Wangaratta in the King Valley. Here, the Corsini Family, make wines using methods passed down through the generations. Our wines are made using estate grown fruit following traditional Tuscan processes retaining the full characteristics of each grape variety. All of their  wines have no preservatives added and are vegan friendly.

This method brings out the full characteristics of each wine, so you can enjoy the fresh, fragrant flavours of the King Valley. Their most popular wines is the  preservative free Dry Red. It is reputed to be one of the  the best preservative or organic wines around and they have  a good  assortment of both whites and reds, again preservative free. Apparently there is a  laborious  process the wines go  through to prevent oxygen from contaminating the wine through all the steps of the process and  their commitment to creating an old world wine making tradition and keeping it in the family is impressive!

Nice wines, with the practice of no added preservatives and not filtered, makes it very nice to drink for all! Highly recommend this beautiful Cellar Door visit! And their offerings are quite a wide variety, and well priced.

Wine Writer and Publisher Axel Ritenis with Peter Corsini in November 2021

The setting of his cellar is unique and stunning with a touch of Tuscany. By far La Cantina is the best winery in the King Valley. I will be ordering from Gino again very soon.


A crisp, well balanced wine, ideally paired with seafood or simply enjoyed by itself.

This pale straw coloured Pinot Grigio shows distinct characteristics. It’s slightly sweet on the palate with very soft acids.

A dry, pale-yellow Riesling balanced by a crisp natural acidity.


An unoaked vibrant and fresh Chardonnay, with good crisp acidity.


Vibrant peach colour with aromas of summer berries and roses.



First released in 2000, our Dry Red has become one of the most well-known and loved preservative free red wines across Australia.


A deep red, light-medium body wine supported by soft tannins.


Subtle characteristics of earth, leather and spice, supported by firm tannins.


A deep red colour, with a medium to full body and notes of dark fruits and spice.


Displays notes of cherries and red berries, supported by a good natural acidity.


Brilliant fruit flavours for this light to medium bodied wine, with a fresh smooth finish on the palate.You will love this wine its bold and no artificial additives to give to ultimate pleasure drinking wine and its troublesome free:)from nasties as I often get migraines when they add preservatives in other wines


La Cantina


54 Honey’s Lane, King Valley 3678



03 57293615

Business Hours

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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