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 bright, rustic, savoury, interesting and above all, delicious.
- VIC - King Valley
"Bright, light red; the blend works very well indeed, the symbiotic red fruit flavours showing no sign of green fruit; a delicious light-bodied palate ready and waiting for a dish of fresh pasta."90 Points - James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, July 2013
"A juicy, easydrinking number in a pleasing but undemanding combination of sweet fruit and more savoury elements making for a pleasantly versatile food
wine."Sunday Tasmanian, February 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Sangiovese and Merlot. Both widely planted in Europe. Sangiovese the native Italian, Merlot originally from France. In Australia very suited to the King Valley as well as the more maritime climates. A small addition of Tempranillo from our King Valley estate for a little more ‘Mediterranean’ feel.
Red with good garnet edge.
Complex, slightly rustic earthy aromas, autumnal, brooding.
Savoury palate with good texture and length. Dreaming pasta!
Enjow now or cellar for three to four years.
Spaghetti alla puttanesca.