My North Easter – Prosecco Queen Melissa Brauer
Melissa Brauer, aka ‘The Prosecco Queen’ has been extolling the virtues of Prosecco, the world’s most popular, yet most misunderstood sparking wine for many years. She’s spent countless hours in both Italy and the King Valley, the home of Australia’s first Prosecco, learning all about this gorgeous drop.
Melissa is Australia’s greatest advocate for Prosecco, and loves to share her passion with others through masterclasses and dinners around Melbourne and beyond. She’s also recently launched Australia’s first mobile Prosecco Bar, Van Di Vino. Her day job involves PR, digital marketing, photography, social media, and organising food and wine events.
I’m known as ‘The Prosecco Queen’ because of my love of Prosecco which started over 13 years ago, on my first trip to Italy. When we discovered that Prosecco was being made in the King Valley, we quickly made it our home away from home. It’s funny, we’d been visiting Bright for years and even Milawa, but hadn’t ventured to Whitfield!
We have now fallen in love with not just the wine, but the local produce, the scenery, and the warm hospitality of the locals, many of whom we now call friends.
We love the area so much that we have bought a house, in Whitfield, called Whitty Cottage which we are gradually renovating, and which is rented when we are not using it. As I’m also a professional photographer (amongst other things including social media marketing consultant) I’ve been able to showcase the region through social media taking photos of my favourite place, creating the hashtag #kingvalleylove with a group of others on a media tour back in 2013, which is now being used by visitors and locals alike.
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