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Escape to North Eastern Victoria this November for gnocchi and prosecco in the sunshine.
‘The Italian Spirit’ is the tagline of the King Valley, nestled in North Eastern Victoria, and for good reason too.
The King Valley’s unique climate and high elevation (up to 800m) were recognised by Italian migrants in the 1940s for their potential to grow delicious cool-climate wine varietals from the old country. Fast-forward 80 years and the region is famed for its pinot grigio, sangiovese and nebbiolo, as well as warm, generous hospitality across the region’s cellar doors, cafés and restaurants.
The gem in the King Valley crown is their La Dolce Vita food and wine festival, held over the weekend of 18 and 19 November. Celebrating the King Valley’s Italian roots (literally), the festival includes markets, degustations, tasting showcases, kids activities, live music and master classes all wrapped up into one delicious weekend. And the best part? It’s just a four-hour drive from Canberra.
Participating wineries include Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Dal Zotto, Pizzini, Symphonia, Politini, La Cantina, Francesco, Sam Miranda, Politini and Darling Estate all putting on events – a delizioso 11 producers in total who together represent a blend of Italian heritage and the Australian setting of the region.
To whet your appetite, we’ve served up our shortlist of events not to miss.
Feast on seafood, Sicilian style, at Politini Wines
By mid-November, the King Valley will be a delightful 22 degrees on average, meaning that you can enjoy fresh seafood in the late spring sunshine.
Nonna Josie Politini, daughter Bianca and local chefs will serve up seafood the Sicilian way, matched with savoury wine styles in pink, white and red. Be sure to try some of their unique Grecanico and Nero d’Avola styles at the cellar door, too.
Politini Wines, 65 Upper King Road, Cheshunt, Victoria | Bookings required, call Bianca on 0427 567 377 for more information.
Destination delicious: Adam Liaw visits Brown Brothers
Everyone’s favourite traveling chef, and host of SBS hit series Destination Flavour, Adam Liaw, will be popping into Brown Brothers to show you how to whip up a simple wine-matched meal.
Learning, wine and food? It’s a win/win.
Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm | Brown Brothers Wines Milawa Cellar Door, 244 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, Victoria | Bookings required brownbrothers.com.au/events
King Valley Prosecco producers have come together in what might just be spring’s most popular collaboration – Prosecco Pops.
Pairing up with Bright Pops, King Valley Prosecco producers have added a splash of alpine strawberries and white peaches to their frozen bubbles – perfect for enjoying in the sunshine.
Available at Dal Zotto, Brown Brothers and Sam Miranda from festival opening (10am Saturday 18 November) until sold out.
Taste and shop local at La Cantina
The Corsini family of La Cantina are throwing open their doors during the festival to host local makers and producers for visitors to discover.
Grab an espresso or a cheeky tasting glass and stroll through stalls of craft, local fruit and preserves.
Saturday and Sunday | La Cantina, 54 Honey’s Lane, King Valley, Victoria
Porchetta, Paris and Prosecco at Dal Zotto
On Saturday 18 November, Otto Dal Zotto will be serving up his famous Tuscan pork rolls to accompany Dal Zotto Prosecco cocktails. The evening will also feature a soundtrack of live music by Paris Zachariou and a DJ set running past sunset into the night.
Saturday 18 November from 5-8pm | Dal Zotto Wines, 4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Whitfield, Victoria
A family Carnevale at Pizzini Wines
Truly a rambling family feast, Katrina, Fred and the Pizzini family invite you to indulge in homemade gnocchi paired with their crisp new release white wines as well as vintage release regional reds.
Kids can run amok with a giant sandpit, roving circus entertainers, giant Jenga, kite making and face painting, and sample their very own ice cream bar!
Saturday and Sunday | Cellar door 10am-5pm | Bus bookings required for 12 or more people, call 03 5729 8030 | Pizzini Wines, 175 King Valley Road, Whitfield, Victoria.
This is just a small taste of the delicious experiences being dished up at La Dolce Vita—get the full menu at winesofthekingvalley.com.au.
What: La Dolce Vita 2017
When: 18-19 November
Where: Various locations around the King Valley, Victoria – approx. a four hour drive from Canberra
Cost: festival ticket $25pp, children play free. Winery shuttle bus and transfers from $35pp.
More information: winesofthekingvalley.com.au.
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