Dal Zotto – Primavera del Prosecco
Join the Dal Zotto Family as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of producing Australia’s first prosecco! There will be new-release prosecco, the Prosecco Cocktail Bar will be open again all day – and into the evening on Saturday. DJ Emlyn Andres will be spinning cool tunes to dance to until 8pm and there’ll be fantastic live music throughout the days from local artists Tom Kline and Paul William Ray & Band. We’ve got kids’ activities & entertainment lined up, and there will be delicious homemade pizzas and seasonal Italian fare. And who could resist Otto’s famous Tuscan pork rolls? New release wines on offer will include prosecco, barbera frizzante, garganega, arneis and riesling. You can indulge in helicopter flights, superb gelato by Messina (as seen on Masterchef) and there’ll be a photobooth to capture the moment. New release wines on offer will include prosecco, barbera frizzante, garganega, arneis and riesling.
Food & Wine
You have to try the Tuscan pork roll: Pork, spit-roasted with herbs and love by Otto Dal Zotto, carved from 5pm on Saturday and served on a fresh bread roll with a helping of Italian slaw – a perfect match to the returning favourite of our sparkling family, the new release Barbera Frizzante!
4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Road, Whitfield
Open Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Tel 03 5729 8321
La Dolce Vita is the perfect time to visit John and Christine at Darling Estate. The Dream Team has returned to help us make our delicious Koombahla sausages, served as part of a tasting plate, to match the launch of two new wines. The 2012 Koombahla Gold is a late-picked riesling (it’s a fabulous vintage) and the 2011 Petit Verdot is a big red that goes beautifully with food. You can also sample snails from Yarra Valley Snails, or enjoy the Dolce Trio. Take some time to sit back among the vines and enjoy what spring has to offer at the Koombahla Vineyard in the beautiful King Valley.
Food & Wine
Try our Dolce Trio with an Aussie twist: mini pavlova, lemon tart and ANZAC ripple cake. Perfect with our Koombahla Gold.
Whitty Lane, Whitfield
Tel 0487 298 396
Brown Brothers – Wine & Food Festival
Join Brown Brothers in celebrating 125 years of winemaking at our 28th annual Spring Wine and Food Festival. Experience some fantastic matched wines and food at Patricia’s pop-up bar, visit the Epicurean Express for mouth-watering dishes direct from our award-winning kitchen, or simply grab a picnic basket and get comfortable on the lawns as you enjoy some wonderful live acoustic music. You’ll also be one of the first to take a peek inside our beautiful, newly restored historic barn, the place where the King Valley wine adventure started. Drop in, relax, explore.
Food & Wine
Our Montepulciano is an elegant, medium-bodied style of wine with savoury notes and mixed berry aromas. It is a perfect match to our slow-cooked, Abruzzo-style spiced lamb ragu.
239 Milawa Bobbinawarrah Road, Milawa
Tel 03 5720 5434
Chrismont – Viva la Vita
Live the King Valley life at Chrismont’s Viva La Vita as you soak up breathtaking views, crisp Mediterranean whites and our menu inspired by a southern Italian summer: marinated octopus, Sicilian-style mussels, spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed conchiglioni, beer-battered flathead fillets with chips, and oven-baked capsicum stuffed with beef and pork meatballs in an authentic Napolitana sauce. Experience a taste of Venice at the Bellini Bar with La Zona Prosecco cocktails or step up to the Riserva Bar for new-release tastings, including arneis, pinot grigio and sagrantino. Great coffee by Cloud 9 and entertainment by cover band Groove Star.
Meals $16-$20, desserts $8, with kids’ serves available. No bookings required.
Food & Wine
The delicate flavours and effervescent finish of Chrismont’s La Zona Moscato makes it an ideal companion to mini fruit pavlova and raspberry semifreddo – two deliciously fresh highlights on the dessert menu. It also features zuppa inglese and a chocolate mousse, each served with raspberries and cream.
Pizzini – Gnocchi Carnevale
Feast on homemade gnocchi, Katrina’s desserts and crisp, new aromatic whites. Kids will love making a kite, the giant sandpit, a balloonist, the facepainting, sports and roving circus entertainers.
Lunch is $16-$25 (vegetarian and gluten-free available). Enjoy your gnocchi with duck ragout, Nonna’s bolognaise, puttanesca or blue cheese sauces, try a King’s platter (cured meats, duck-neck sausage and three cheeses), Asian-style pork belly, BBQ’d salmon, or vegetarian cannelloni filled with caramelised onion and roast pumpkin. Katrina’s desserts include ice creams, chocolate mousse, panna cotta with caramel popcorn, ginger pudding, pavlova and lemon tart.
Gypsy jazz band Bric a Brac will roam the grounds, Maurice Milani will cover your favourites and there are market stalls, coffee and cocktails!
Food & Wine
If only life was as sweet as Nonna’s gnocchi! Dive into a plateful with a puttanesca sauce (caramelised onion, olives, capers, tomato & anchovies). Pair it with our mouth-filling White Fields pinot grigio or crisp verduzzo.
175 King Valley Road, Whitfield
Tel 03 5729 8278
While enjoying the King Valley during
La Dolce Vita weekend, visiting the Corsini family at La Cantina, King Valley, is an absolute must. We are very proud of our heritage and traditional winemaking techniques. At our classic Tuscan cellar door you can taste our vast range of wines (unfiltered and preservative-free), including many Italian varietals and our popular saperavi. There will also be a range of activities for the children, delicious home-made Italian food, live music from noon both days, and a market brimming with homemade goods and local produce.
Food & Wine
Our lasagna consists of layers of homemade egg pasta, sprinkled with a trio of cheeses and a traditional bolognese sauce. Enjoy with our Tuscan varietal, sangiovese, which has a good balance of fruit and oak, and a dryness and acidity that make it a perfect match.
54 Honey’s Lane, King Valley
Tel 03 5729 3615
Live the sweet life at Sam Miranda King Valley! Taste new releases including old world obscurities to modern day favourites. It’s all about the sizzle with Sam’s estate grown Angus beef traditional Italian sausages on the barbeque as well as our Mediterranean tapas menu on offer. Along with our La Dolce Vita ‘Long Lunch celebration’ on Saturday – a five course ‘Italian Rustica’ extravaganza! Bookings essential. There will be live music performed by Jeff Cabalar to kick back and relax to. It’s going to be an amazing weekend of fantastic wine & food!
Food & Wine
Beetroot fettucine with Persian fetta, walnut crunch & micro herbs. A vegetarian dish that uses the subtle flavours of local heirloom beetroots, balanced by Yarra Valley Persian fetta and housemade pasta using eggs from our free-range chickens. Perfectly matched with our 2014 Arneis.
Politini Wines – Bella vita! Dolce vita!
‘Bella vita! Dolce vita!’ Join us to celebrate the sweet life! Enjoy Nonna Josie’s home-cooked Sicilian food, including the popular amici platter of her treasured favourites. The team of ‘Rinaldo’s casa e cucina’ join us again to create a delightful selection of Mediterranean style seafood dishes. Indulge in Nonna’s delicious Italian sweets – traditional Sicilian cannoli, biscotti plus other fabulous treats. Team with wonderful Italian wines from the cellar door and relax amongst the garden and vineyard. Entertainment by Covers duo “Scott Solimo & Amanda”, plus Salvatore on piano accordion. Supervised art/craft for the kids. Great food, fine wine, music & friends – ah the sweet life!
Food & Wine
Amici platter – Nonna’s Sicilian favourites – arancini filled with mozzarella & ragu, pork and fennel salsicce, eggplant parmigiana, polpette, Mediterranean summer salad & crusty bread perfectly paired with our Sicilian white wine, Grecanico.
65 Upper King River Road, Cheshunt
Tel 0427 567 377
Got the talent and the style: Sam Politini entertains guests with his accordion at Politini Wines.