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Christmas and New Years hours

Pizza and Prosecco Bar:

Open from Thursday December 27th until Monday December 31st (inclusive) from 12pm until 4pm, Friday December 28th and Saturday 29th until 8pm.

Open again from Wednesday January 2nd until Friday January 4th (inclusive) from 12pm until 4pm, Friday January 4th until 8pm.

Cellar Door:

Closed, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

 Trattoria:

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Open from Thursday December 27th until Monday December 31st (inclusive) for lunch and Friday December 28th for dinner

Open from Wednesday January 2nd until Sunday January 6th (inclusive) for lunch and Friday January 4th for dinner

 

La Dolce Vita: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018

La Dolce Vita: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018

Prosecco – it’s carefree, refreshing and cooling – like a gentle Spring breeze and it’s consumed in nearly every Italian household in Italy. Victoria’s most renowned Italian winemaking family – the Dal Zotto’s – were the first to produce it in our beautiful country. To celebrate this Italian white sparkling variety, its versatility and the warmer weather, the Dal Zotto’s are hosting -Primavera del Prosecco – a weekend of activities for the whole family as part of the La Dolce Vita weekend –Sat 17 and Sun 18 November, 2018.

Visitors are invited to set their own pace over the weekend as they sip on Prosecco cocktails created by mixologist Tim Dundon, graze through a rustic Italian menu prepared by the talented chefs at Dal Zotto’s Trattoria, play a round or two of bocce and take in the stunning vistas that surround Dal Zotto’s property via foot or helicopter! Prosecco may be the hero of the weekend, but rest assured Dal Zotto’s full range of wines will also be available for sampling and purchase over the whole weekend.

Dal Zotto Wines have put together a killer line up of entertainment! Paris Zachariou will be rocking out between 11am and 3:45pm on both days and for those who like to kick on a little longer, DJ Em will be on the decks between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday evening for “Prosecco Nights” to welcome the sun as she sets over the picturesque King Valley – so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Everyone from the little to the big kids will find something to do at Dal Zotto Primavera del Prosecco from our popular kid’s corner (complete with Jumping castle), face painting, kids craft and Loopy the clown, to our helicopter joy flights. Last but not least, who could forget Otto Dal Zotto’s famous porchetta rolls? Served at 4pm on the Saturday, get in early to make sure you don’t miss out!

For a weekend packed with live music, amazing food and award winning wines, look no further than Dal Zotto Wines.

Purchase your tickets from www.winesofthekingvalley.com.au

Salumi Market: Sunday Oct 7th 9am – 1pm 2018 @ Dal Zotto Wines

Salumi Market: Sunday Oct 7th 9am – 1pm 2018 @ Dal Zotto Wines

We are keeping the salami festivities rolling with a Sunday morning market.

Come down to Dal Zotto Wines to sample and purchase some great local produce. From the artisan cheeses of Milawa Cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables from La Bella Rocca, to handmade pasta from Pasta Adele and ravioli from The Mill Inn.

Choose from pizza, pasta and Prosecco available outside from our Pop-Up Prosecco Bar, or a 2 or 3 course salami inspired lunch hosted in our Trattoria.

No admission fee for the market morning, however bookings are essential for the salami lunch in the Trattoria.

For more information or to book your table for lunch call Dal Zotto Wines on (03) 5729 8321 or email info@dalzotto.com.au.

2018 Victorian Salami Festival: Saturday 6th October 2018

2018 Victorian Salami Festival: Saturday 6th October 2018

The time of the year is upon us once again – Salami Season!

Join Dal Zotto Wines and The Meat Room as they bring you the 2018 Victorian Salami Festival.

The festival will get underway at 11am with a salami making demonstration from James Mele, bespoke butcher from The Meat Room. Throughout the day you will be entertained by live music, have a chance to participate in our charity auction and witness the crowning of Il Salame Perfetto (The Perfect Salami).

Limited tickets available so get in now before they sell out.

Ticket includes event entry, souvenir festival glass, three course lunch and a complimentary glass of Dal Zotto Pink Pucino (for all guests over 18).

Ticket Prices:

Adults $75

Children (8yrs to 12yrs) $25

Children 7yrs and under FREE

Purchase your tickets by calling Dal Zotto Wines on (03) 5729 8321 or email info@dalzotto.com.au

Proudly sponsored by My Slice of Life, Cleaver Salumi Cabinets and Ducky’s Murdoch Road Butchery.

Father’s Day: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Father’s Day: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Dads rock!

They drive you to the footy, netball and sometimes to dance comps… Some will even stay to watch! So why not show Dad how much he means to you with a trip to Dal Zotto Wines Trattoria and Cellar Door this Father’s Day?

This year, we are offering a special father’s day menu:

2 courses for $45 says “I love you dad!”

or

3 courses for $60 says “I really love you dad!”

or

Order form our delicious a la carte menu.

To book your table, please call:

Dal Zotto Wines on (03) 5729 8321 or email info@dalzotto.com.au

Trattoria Closing for Winter

Dal Zotto Wines will be closing our Trattoria for a winter break from Thursday the 16th of August to re-open on Thursday the 30th of August.

Cellar door will remain open during this period! 🥂

Sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

From Dal Zotto staff and family.

Mothers Day 2018 – May 13th

Come and spoil mum on mother’s day at Dal Zotto Wines’ Trattoria. We have a delicious menu created by new head chef Matthew Borserio to celebrate the day. Bookings are recommended, get in soon it will definitely book out.

($50 for Main and Dessert or $60 for 3 courses)

Includes a glass of Dal Zotto Pink Pucino

Primi Piatti

Balsamic glazed duck breast, thinly sliced with salad of flash fried radicchio, mizuna, fennel and citrus segments, roast sesame dressing. (Gluten Free).

Our house antipasti, San Danielle prosciutto, bresaola, olives, pickled organic garden vegetables, polenta chips, aioli, taleggio and buffalo mozzarella, garlic croutons with white anchovy.

Salad of chargrilled butternut pumpkin, toasted pinenuts, parmesan, pesto with mesculan. (Gluten free, vegetarian, can be vegan).

Caramelized onion tartlet, goat’s cheese, olives, roast beetroot with pea puree and Nebbiolo jus. (Vegetarian).

Secondi Piatti

Our house made gnocchi, mushroom mix of swiss, inoki, porcini, creamy white wine sauce, parmesan tuille.

Grilled Atlantic salmon, roast beetroot croquette, parsnip puree, lemon butter sauce.

Milawa chicken breast, stuffed with sundried tomato, buffalo mozzarella, spinach, crusted with sourdough herb crumb and skordalia mash.

Crispy saffron tempura eggplant wedges, mild spiced cauliflower rizzo, house napolitana, chargrilled lemon cheek, topped with black sesame, fine julienne of shallot, chilli and coriander. (Dairy Free, Vegan).

Dolce

Affagato – coffee shot, Frangelico liquor, house biscotti, vanilla bean ice cream.

Baked cheese cake, tequila lime syrup, and toasted meringue.

Warm sweet puff pastry, filled with ricotta, raisins, topped with cream, warm honey drizzle and pistachio dust.

Flourless orange almond cake, Grand Marnier glaze, almond tuille.

Bambino $25 (Children under 12 years)

Includes a soft drink or juice

Main

Ham and pineapple pizza.

Fish and chips.

House made gnocchi with bolognaise sauce.

Dolce

House made ice cream with chocolate sauce.

 

June Festival

According to the Dal Zotto family, a generous dose of family and friends, a finely crafted drop of wine, and a few plates of delicious homemade food are all you need to have a good time.

This Queen’s Birthday long weekend escape the doldrums of city life and travel to Italy without stepping foot out of Victoria. Dal Zotto Wines will be hosting their annual June Festa.

The Dal Zotto winery will be transferred into its own ‘little Italy in Whitfield’. Enjoy your long weekend sipping on our gorgeous new release wines and feasting on our famous pizza and cicchetti!

You can experience the:

Kings and Queens of the Valley Long Lunch; 9 course long lunch matched with Dal Zotto and other wines with a focus of Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco. $130 per person. 12:00PM welcome for a 12:30PM sharp start on either Saturday or Sunday

Or spend the time outside taking in the beautiful scenery with food, wine and fun. Paris Zachariou will be the MC.

Early Bird Tickets at $20 each . The price will go up to $25 at 1st of June.

Please bring proof of ticket purchase to gain entry to the event

Tickets include:

Dal Zotto wine glass to keep

Complimentary glass of Dal Zotto Pink Pucino

3x Food/Wine tokens (to the value of $15)

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Easter Trading Hours

Easter 2018

Trading Hours

Good Friday 30th March – Closed

Easter Saturday 31st March– Cellar Door 10am to 5pm, Trattoria 12pm to 3pm

Easter Sunday 1st April – Cellar Door 10am to 5pm, Trattoria 12pm to 3pm

Easter Monday 2nd April – Cellar Door 10am to 5pm, Trattoria 12pm to 3pm

Easter Eggstravaganza

 

Come along to Dal Zotto Wines in Whitfield this Easter from Saturday 30th March to Monday 1st April.

Bookings are essential for a la carte in our trattoria, or just turn up and enjoy a pizza outside and some Prosecco from our Prosecco bar. We will have an outdoor wine tasting bar as well and plenty of outside seating.

Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny. He will be here handing out goodies on Sunday between 10.30am and 11.30am, and again from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

For more information or to book your table call us on

03 5729 8321, or email georgia@dalzotto.com.au

Dal Zotto Prosecco Festival

November 18th and 19th 2017 Dal Zotto Prosecco Festival as part of

Wines of the King Valley’s – La Dolce Vita Festival

Our Spring Prosecco festival held in conjuction with Wines of the King Valley’s – La Dolce Vita Festival.

Buy your souvenir festival glass from any of the participating King Valley wineries for $25, this gets you in and allows you to taste wine at all of the participating wineries for the weekend.

At Dal Zotto we will be showcasing new release wines, prosecco cocktails by mixologist Tim Dundoon, delicious cicchetti (Italian style tapas), as well as North East Victoria’s best pizzas and gnocchi. At 5pm on Saturday we will be serving Otto’s famous Tuscan pork rolls.

To see the new menu for the Trattoria please click Nov Fest Menu 2017

For our loyal wine club members we will be bringing back our VIP members only lounge where you will be able to relax away from the crowds, have a private wine tasting (bookings essential), and have a few extra culinary delights to choose from.

Live music by Paris Zachariou on both Saturday and Sunday, and on Saturday evening we will have a DJ on the decks for Prosecco nights until 8pm.

As usual we will have loads of kid’s entertainment including a jumping castle, Loopy the Clown will be back to entertain the kids, there will also be face painting and craft activities. We will also have helicopter joy rides on both days where you will get stunning views of this beautiful region.

For winetasting bookings in the members lounge, or more information phone or email David Parfait on 03 57298321 david@dalzotto.com.au

Where: Dal Zotto Wines Main Road Whitfield.

When: Saturday November 18th 2017 10.00am to 8.00pm

Sunday November 19th 2017 10.00am to 5.00pm

 

Victorian Salami Festival

Saturday 7 October 2017 from 11:00 am to 4:30pm

Location: Dalzotto Wines

4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd Whitfield, VIC 3733

For centuries, one question has plagued the people of the Mediterranean; it’s a question that, for generations, has pitted countryman against countryman and sparked spirited debate across dinner tables, over neighborhood fences and in sun-drenched piazzas. It’s a question that has even followed the Italian community Down Under …

Just who makes the best salami?

In a pitch battle reminiscent of the height of the Roman empire, Dal Zotto Wines and The Meat Room will host the ultimate contest of salami styles to decide once and for all – which region is worthy of the title Il Salame Perfetto (The Perfect Salami).

Will it be The North or The South?

The long-raging salami debate will finally end with the Salami Smack Down at Dal Zotto Wines Trattoria on October 7.

Mark that day in your diary – it will be significant.

Do you have what it takes to make Il Salame Perfetto?

Are your salamis the envy of your friends?

A conversation starter during canapes?

Do they attract strangers off the street, following their noses?

Then this could be the competition for you.

Salami Making demonstrations in the morning at 11am by James Mele of The Meatroom. Learn how to make the perfect salami from the man who has been to Italy to learn from the masters how to do this better than anyone.

Also there will be charity auctions, live music, and plenty of delicious Italian food for all!

Book Tickets by clicking HERE

For accommodation information please Contact US

We will also be opening the doors of our Trattoria from 6pm until 9pm for pizzas in the evening. Please contact Dal Zotto Wines on (03) 5729 8321 to book your table.

2017 Weekend Fit for a King Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June

2017 Weekend Fit for a King Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June

According to the Dal Zotto family, a generous dose of family and friends, a finely crafted drop of wine, and a few plates of delicious homemade food are all you need to have a good time.

VINO, PASTA E BASTA 2017

‘Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare!’ or in English ‘eat to live and not live to eat!’

This Queen’s Birthday long weekend escape the doldrums of city life and travel to Italy without stepping foot out of Victoria. Dal Zotto Wines will be hosting, over the long weekend, ‘Vino, Pasta e Basta’ or in English ‘Wine? Pasta? Enough!’ as part of the King Valley’s Weekend Fit for a King celebrations.

The Dal Zotto winery will be transformed into its own ‘little Italy in Whitfield’ complete with Italian-style events. Sip on new-release wines, feast on hand made pasta and let the kids play until they drop! : Loopy the Clown will be back to make sure all the parents can relax and enjoy a vino or two. There will a jumping castle, and a kid’s corner with face painting and craft activities where the kids can decorate their own teddy bear.

Prepare your senses for a traditional Italian celebration or ‘celebrazione’.

The annual event kicks off with new release wines such as the 2015 Insieme, 2014 Nebbiolo and the return of Dal Zotto’s L’Immigrante Barbera – 2013 L’Immigrante Barbera.

Tutti a Tavola – “Everyone at the Table”

For lunch on Saturday & Sunday join patriarch Otto Dal Zotto for an insight into the 2017 vintage as you indulge in a five-course long lunch in Dal Zotto’s Trattoria with dishes matched to some of Otto’s favourite wines.
Venue: Dal Zotto Trattoria
Time: 12:30pm for a 1pm start

Bookings essential, $135 pp. (03) 57 298 321 trattoria@dalzotto.com.au

“Tutti a Tavola” Menu

On arrival: Non-Vintage Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco

Crispy polenta with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and capsicum sauce
2016 Vintage Pucino Prosecco – Prosecco of the Year – Australian Sparkling Report: Tyson Stelzer

Gnocchi in tomato broth with fresh basil
2015 Insieme

Pork scotch, with braised fennel & cabbage, roasted vegetables and cannellini beans
2013 L’Immigrante Barbera

Lamb leg with braised chickpea & cavolo nero, roasted capsicum and polenta
2014 Nebbiolo

Chocolate and hazelnut tartufo, zabaoine meringue tart & baci di ricotta with espresso custard
2015 Elena

If you haven’t already got one, get a 25% discount on your Festival glass – just $15 if you book for the lunch.

In The Warehouse

On Saturday & Sunday: For those looking for a more relaxed or rustic experience. Join the Dal Zotto family in the ware-house for a selection of bowls of hand-made pasta including gnocchi with pork salsiccia or slow roasted lamb shoulder.
Other dishes include our world famous pizzas, delicious desserts & coffee.

So if you don’t have plans yet for the Queen’s Birthday Weekend say ‘ciao’ to Melbourne’s dreary weather and head over to Dal Zotto.

Warehouse Menu:

Feature dish and wine match: Lamb shoulder with roasted vegetables on polenta $25 try it with a glass of 2015 Barbera $9.

House made gnocchi $21 and pasta Adele fettucine $19 with a choice of sauces:
Ragu a la Bolognaise, Napoli, mushroom & pesto, and pork salsiccia. (GF add $3)
Vegetarian lasagne $19.

Pizza Menu:

Margharita – Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil oil. $16
Proscuitto Crudo – Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, San Danielle shaved prosciutto, fresh rocket & basil oil. $19
Tropical – Tomato, Gamze smoked ham, pineapple & cheese. $16
Funghi – Garlic & rosemary oil, caramelised onion, porcini and field mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella, & truffle oil. $18
Pumpkin and chorizo – Pumpkin, red onion, Gamze chorizo, mozzarella cheese. & rocket. $19
Potato and pancetta – Garlic and rosemary oil caramelised onion, potato, pancetta, & smoked mozzarella. $19

Dessert Menu:

Apple strudel with vanilla ice cream $12
Chocolate torte (GF) $12
Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce $13
A selection of Gundowring ice cream $7.50

Entertainment:

Enjoy entertainment by Paris Zachariou who will undoubtedly set the mood. Your musical taste buds will be satisfied while you boogie the day away with a selection of tunes from Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Jack Johnson all the way through to today’s hits and everything in between. Great entertainment guaranteed.

Kids Entertainment: Loopy the Clown will be back to keep the kids entertained. There will be a jumping castle and a kid’s corner with face painting and craft activities including decorate your own teddy bear.

Enquiries Ph. 03 57298321 or email david@dalzotto.com.au

Festa Menu

combined

Cicchetti

Lemon and chilli squid with aioli and rocket salad $9

Pork salssice with a cabbage and almond salad and topped with onion jam $12

Myrrhee goat slider with pickled fennel and a beetroot aioli $12

Zucchini flowers with ricotta and mozzarella $14

Garlic and rosemary infused lamb on a fregola and raisin salad served with a mint yoghurt $12

Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella drizzled with pesto and served with a tomato and basil salad $12

Mushroom and Taleggio arancini $12

Gnocchi primavera with goats cheese $10 (Gluten free $2 extra)

Milawa free range chicken gnocchi with fresh tomato and basil sauce $10 (Gluten free $2 extra)

Polenta chips with aioli $8

Kids Gnocchi – Napoli sauce $10

Pizza menu

Prosciutto Crudo: Shaved prosciutto, tomato, basil and rocket $19

Fungi: Mushrooms, garlic and rosemary oil, caramelised onions, mozzarella, truffle oil and rocket $18

Tropical: Ham, pineapple and tomato and cheese $16

Diavalo Gorgonzola: Hot salami, mushrooms, tomato and blue cheese $19

Margherita: Tomato, mozzarella and basil oil $16

Capriciossa: Ham, olives, mushrooms, anchovies, tomato and mozzarella $19

All pizzas are available gluten free for $4 extra.

Dessert and Ice cream bar

Raspberry and Prosecco panna cotta $12

Peach and mascarpone mousse with almond meringue and berries $12

Individual Tiramisu $12

Large Ice Cream – Various flavours $10

Kids Ice Cream with topping $6

Great Wine Drives

Great Wine Drives by Campbell Mattinson
Gourmet Traveller Wine
June / July 2010

“Whitfield is the ‘hub’ of the King Valley and Dal Zotto is a leading light. It is the chief pioneer of Prosecco – Italian styled sparkling wine – and you can taste both dry and slightly sweeter versions as well as excellent Sangiovese and Barbera. The trattoria (weekends only) attached has a great vibe – bookings are most definitely advised.”

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

Italian styled sparkling wine

Price $18.50

We Love Awards

We’re pretty chuffed at the number of awards the business has received this year. It is testament to the hard work and passion the winery, the Trattoria, the office and cellar door staff put in to making the Dal Zotto experience one to remember.

Here’s what’s now sitting pretty in the trophy room:

 The AGE Good Wine Guide 2013 – Nick Stock

    • Five Start Winery Rating for the second consecutive year in a row – 2012, 2013
    • Dal Zotto Nebbiolo 2009 – 94 Points
    • Best of The Rest Wines – Dal Zotto L’Immigrante Prosecco – 93 Points
    • Best Value Wines $25 and Under – Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV – 91 Points
    • Dal Zotto Pinot Grigio 2012 – 91 Points –
    • Dal Zotto Riesling 2010 – 90 Points
    • Dal Zotto Riesling 2012 – 91 Points
    • Dal Zotto Rosato 2012 – 91 Points
  • Dal Zotto Nebbiolo 2009 – GOLD Medal Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2012

Australia’s Top Cellar Door

Dal Zotto named one of Australia’s Top Cellar Doors

Gourmet Traveller WINE has named Dal Zotto Wines; a premium family run winery and pioneers of Prosecco in Australia, one of the country’s best cellar doors. They are also the only cellar door in the King Valley, Victoria to make the list.

Hundreds of cellar doors across Australia were reviewed by a highly respected panel of judges including Nick Stock (author of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald Wine Guide), Jeni Port (wine writer), Tyson Stelzer (multi-award winning wine writer), Ken Gargett (wine columnist), Nick Ryan (wine judge and writer), Peter Bourne (wine educator, trainer and writer), Mike Bennie (wine writer) and Peter Forrestal (wine writer). A total of 71 cellar doors across Australia have taken out the gong including some other big names like Oakdene (Geelong), Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander (Yarra Valley) and Curly Flat (Macedon Ranges).

It was no easy feat to win over these eight critics, so the Dal Zotto’s are honoured to be a part of this winning group.

“To be recognised and selected as one of Australia’s best cellar doors has to be one of the proudest moments of our 24-year history – especially for Otto, our patriarch, who made the big trip over from Italy in 1967 to start a life in the King Valley. We pride ourselves on giving every visitor a world-class experience whether it’s a simple tasting with a new wine drinker or a more in depth conversation with a serious wine-lover, we thoroughly enjoy every interaction,” said Michael Dal Zotto, winemaker, Dal Zotto Wines.

The dedicated and renowned team of judges spanned the country in search for cellar doors that had everything – quality tasting experiences, great wines and presentation and staff that created an unforgettable experience for their visitors from those new to wine and those who consider themselves a wine buff all needed to feel welcome. At the end of the day it was about finding those special cellar doors where day-trippers, locals and tourists would want to spent time and feel at ease.

When visitors walk into Dal Zotto’s purpose built cellar door nine times out of 10 they will be greeted by a Dal Zotto family member – an element that makes visiting Dal Zotto so unique. Visitors are engaged with wine tastings, plenty of family anecdotes, and even a game of bocce, with a glass of Prosecco in hand of course. The weatherboard cellar door is light-filled and cosy. The tasting experience can also be heightened with a rustic Italian meal at the Dal Zotto Trattoria, affectionately known as the ‘Tratt’. At this regional restaurant tradition rules, regionality is central and taste – thanks to Italy’s colourful culinary history – is paramount.

Visitors to Dal Zotto can also experience a number of events at the winery such as Primavera del Prosecco in November, Hedonistic Hiking tours with the Dal Zotto’s through the King Valley, and coming up on 9th June Tutti a Tavola – a five course degustation matched to Dal Zotto’s new release wines ($135pp).

Check out www.dalzotto.com.au for further details.

Best Australian Wineries

By Nick Stock
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald
Good Wine Guide 2012

Dal Zotto Wines

A new feature in this years Good Wine Guide, this is a collection of the best Australian wineries, arranged state-by-state. In order to qualify for the five star rating, a winery must demonstrate a proven ability to consistently hit the right quality parameters.

  • 5 Stars

Best Value Wines $25 and Under

By Nick Stock
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald
Good Wine Guide 2012

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

This bell-shaped botte of fresh, vibrant sparkling goodness is a triumph for the Dal Zotto family, making the best of their King Valley location and Italian heritage. It’s a brilliant aperitif-style sparkling, with plenty of chalky lemon and apple. The palate delivers some gentle nutty, savoury flavours with fine, smooth and creamy-texture.

  • Price $18.50 / Score 91 Points

Great Wine Drives

Great Wine Drives by Campbell Mattinson
Gourmet Traveller Wine
June / July 2010

“Whitfield is the ‘hub’ of the King Valley and Dal Zotto is a leading light. It is the chief pioneer of Prosecco – Italian styled sparkling wine – and you can taste both dry and slightly sweeter versions as well as excellent Sangiovese and Barbera. The trattoria (weekends only) attached has a great vibe – bookings are most definitely advised.”

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV
Italian styled sparkling wine

  • Price $18.50

Road to Prosecco

The sun dipped below the mountains drawing to an end a long harvest and we sat around the dinner table enjoying a bottle of Bellussi Prosecco. Otto, reminiscing about his youth in the Italian town of Valdobbiadene (considered the ‘home’ of this famous variety), said to his wife Elena and four boys.

“I would like to plant some – I want to plant and make Prosecco just like we used to do back home in Valdobbiadene”

We had always known that this was a long held dream of Otto’s, still Prosecco had never been grown and produced in Australia before! Had Australian wine drinkers even heard of Prosecco, much less want to drink it? But as a family business, we have always strived to make a new home for Italian varietals like Sangiovese and Barbera, so we thought “why not?” Thus we began the journey to create Australia’s first ever Prosecco.

We had heard on the grapevine (so to speak) of some Prosecco vines making their way to Australia. After some investigation, we eventually made contact with an older Italian man in Adelaide who had imported some Prosecco vines many years ago for his own private use. (Trust the Italians. If it’s not here, we will bring it over!). But with hundreds of grape varieties, how could we be certain that it was indeed Prosecco?

We acquired some cuttings and had Yalumba Nursery conduct some DNA testing. When the results came back we were over the moon. It was the real thing. We had found Prosecco!

Though the exact origins of this variety are unclear, it has a long history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, when it was known as ‘Pucino’. It is rumoured that the wine made from this variety was a favourite with the Empress Livia Augusta and was credited with her living to the venerable age of 82.

What is certain however, is that the foot hills of Conegliano in Valdobbiadene (pronounced Val-do-biad-en-ay) have proved the ideal environment for the cultivation of the Prosecco grape. And it was amongst these hills that a young Otto Dal Zotto learned his craft, tending vines that his father and grandfather had tended before him.

But it’s here in the King Valley (with such similar ‘terroir’ to that of his home in the north-east of Italy) that Otto’s passion for Prosecco is finding its full expression. His careful cultivation of these few vines we discovered has seen him become the first producer of this little-known variety in Australia, and one of few outside of Valdobbiadene.

Sparkling Prosecco can be made in many styles. Those being; Brut, Extra Dry, Dry and Cartizze, (which is a style made from the Cartizze area which exists in the commune of Valdobbiadene, Otto’s hometown). Traditionally Prosecco in made using the charmat method, which involves the secondary ferment process being undertaken in a pressurised tank, this style is all about encapsulating the primary fruit character of the wine, lovely aromas of wisteria, jasmine and orange blossom and flavours of crisp apple and lemon zest.

However, those of you fortunate enough to try our first vintage (released in 2004) would have experienced our Prosecco made in the classic sparkling style; extra dry. Pale, straw-yellow in colour, followed up with apples and pear on the nose and a touch of citrus fruit. The mouth feel is soft, finishing clean and dry.

And we’re not the only ones enamoured with Prosecco. Critics have responded with gusto to this newcomer, Tim White describing our maiden vintage as a “lovely, frothy fruit sparkler” and awarding it 91/100. Max Allen agrees, writing that “this highly quaffable bubbly… starts crisp and appley – like biting into a cold Granny Smith”.

We’ve been thrilled with the fruition of our ‘labour of love’. From the exciting discovery of Prosecco vines here in Australia to the cultivation and production of our first vintage, the bottle that you see on the shelves is really the expression of who we are and what we are trying to achieve. Like other Italian varietals, we have taken a great ‘old world’ wine and nurtured it here in the ‘new world’ that we now call home.

It’s a unique interpretation of the grape of our patriarch, which Ben Canaider (quite rightly) encourages the wine drinker to “enjoy in the Italian manner – at any time!

Best Value Sparkling Wine

The Age Good Wine GuideBy Nick Stock
The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald
Good Wine Guide 2011
Best Value Sparkling Wine

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

In a refreshing development for the locally made sparkling, the lads up in the King Valley have tackled this style with immense success, and there’s already evidence to suggest that it’s capturing market share.

James Halliday Winery 4.5 Stars

James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Winery Rating – 4.5 Stars

Dal Zotto Riesling 2009

Light straw-green; has excellent varietal expression on bouquet and palate alike, with ripe citrus flavours backed by good acidity.

  • Price $18.00 / Rating 93 points

Dal Zotto L’Immigrante Barbera 2006

Good colour; has developed slowly in the bottle, the fruit is still very fresh, sustained in part by distinctive acidity that also underpins the length of the finish.

  • Price $65.00 / Rating 92 points

Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV

Super-abundant mousse; the wine is fruity but dry, and ticks all the boxes for the style: long, clean and crisp.

  • Price $18.50 / Rating 90 points