Prosecco, pinot Grigio, gnocchi and cannoli, right on our doorstep – what could be better? The winemaking families of the King Valley celebrate Spring in the Italian Spirit during La Dolce Vita Festival, on 17 & 18 November.
La Dolce Vita sees ten participating wineries welcome visitors for tastings of new and museum release wines, authentic cuisine prepared by Nonna or a renowned local chef, live music, roving entertainers, competitions, kids’ activities, masterclasses and more.
Marketing Officer for Wines of the King Valley, Alison Lloyd says La Dolce Vita is a truly immersive experience for visitors, keen to explore new wine styles, and indulge in some tantalising food along the way.
“This is an opportunity to experience life in the King Valley the way we know it – time with friends, family and great food, in a beautiful setting,” Alison said.
“The chance to discover a new favourite wine is always exciting. Here you get to speak to the person who grew the grapes and made the wine.
“It’s such a lovely day out. I highly recommend making two days of it, actually – use your festival ticket across both days and try to visit every one of our unique wineries.”
Festival highlights include:
Local produce and handmade goods market at La Cantina
The Corsini family, including grandchildren of winemaker Gino, host local makers and producers. Stroll through and browse the stalls of local fruit, preserves and craft, with a good espresso coffee.
Sicilian seafood feast at Politini Wines
Nonna Josie, daughter Bianca and local chefs serve up seafood the Sicilian way, matched with savoury wine styles in pink, white and red! Booking required Bianca 0427 567 377.
Prosecco Party at Dal Zotto
Otto Dal Zotto serves up his famous Tuscan pork rolls on Saturday evening, to match with Prosecco cocktails, live music by Paris Zachariou and a DJ set running until 8pm.
Gnocchi Carnevale at Pizzini Wines
The Pizzini family serves up a feast of gnocchi, to match with new release Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese tastings. Children are invited to make their own kites and fly them over the valley, or indulge in the ice cream bar!
Participating wineries include:
Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Dal Zotto, Darling Estate, King River Estate, La Cantina Pizzini, Politini, Sam Miranda, Symphonia
Entry to the Festival is $25, which includes a souvenir tasting glass. Children play free. Book tickets online in advance at http://www.winesofthekingvalley.com.au/
Produced by Border Cafe in partnership with Wines of the King Valley.