In 1994, the De Bortoli family planted the BellaRiva vineyard on the King River at the base of the Victorian Snowfields. With strong Italian heritage of both our family and region, Mediterranean varieties were chosen and planted.
This new range of wines celebrates both the natural beauty of the King Valley and the vibrancy and innovation of this emerging wine region. BellaRiva in Italian means beautiful riverbank - a fitting description for the spectacular location of De Bortoli’s picturesque vineyards on 3.5 kms of King River frontage.
This wine is more about style than variety. It is meant to be light, faintly aromatic, dry with texture and above all, delicious.
- VIC - King Valley
"A field blend (ie interplanted varieties) hand picked and tank fermented. The vermentino adds a dimension to the citrus-accented finish with perfectly balanced acidity and sweetness."90 Points - James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, July 2013
"I find pinot grigio a bit one dimensional on its own but here it struts its stuff in a duet with vermentino creating the perfect foil. The palate is broader and more interesting, not to mention food friendly. The grapes are a field blend, meaning they are grown together as well as blended in the winery – which is probably why they get on so well. Not a wine for the ages but very drinkable and very moreish. It can be easily found well discounted below the recommended retail price."Peter Hay, Medical Observer, August 2013
"Fresh and zippy, this De Bortoli King Valley is a pale staw and has passionfruit scents. Pear flavour shows on the front palate and gooseberry, sherbet and lime zest characters chime in on the middle palate. Flinty acid comes in at the finish..."John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, January 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Pinot Grigio and Vermentino. Both Italian origins with Pinot Grigio mainly in the North and Vermentino closer to the Mediterranean.
Light straw in colour with a green edge.
Complex, faintly aromatic.
Pear like fruit, nutty undertones and a clean but good texture and complexity. Quite fine and very drinkable.
Enjoy now or cellar for two to three years.
Caeser salad or grilled sardines.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy & Gold Medal - Melbourne Wine Show 2013
Bronze Medal - National Capital Wine Show (Canberra) 2013