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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.

Free salami demonstrations in the morning from 11am with 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

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

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


Prosecco and Chicken Picnic Pack for two – $75

 Savour a selection of delicious nibbles complemented with a bottle of Dal Zotto’s Pucino Prosecco NV. The picnic pack also includes mature cheddar and gorgonzola cheese, a tasty baguette with olives and homemade onion jam as well as Prosecco poached chicken and a garden salad.

 You’ll also receive a Prosecco tote bag to carry home your prosecco glasses and picnic rug.

 Prosecco and Salumi Picnic Pack for two – $55

 Shake out a picnic rug and settle in at the King Valley with a variety of fine Italian antipasto combinations and a bottle of Dal Zotto’s Pucino Prosecco. The picnic pack also includes mature cheddar and gorgonzola cheese, a tasty baguette with homemade onion jam and an assortment of fine Italian meats including a salumi pack and prosciutto.

 You’ll also receive a Prosecco tote bag to carry home your prosecco glasses and picnic rug.

 

This Easter Dal Zotto Wines will be serving up an Easter Eggstarvaganza!!!

Our Trattoria will be open – Thursday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday serving up a special Easter menu designed for those looking for that something eggstra! The Trattoria team will keep you entertained as you relaxed the day away.

Booking Essential – (03) 57 298 321 or Email – info@dalzotto.com.au

Pizza & Prosecco outside On the lawn – For those wanting a more relaxed Easter lunch. Our Prosecco Pizza Kitchen will be open over the weekend. With plenty of room for the kids to play as you enjoy our beautiful gardens whilst sharing a pizza with friends & sipping a prosecco? Perfetto!!

Booking Not Essential.

Cellar Door will be open from 10am – 5pm for tastings.

Dal Zotto Wines 4861 Main Road, Whitfield, Vic, 3733 www.dalzotto.com.au

NOTE: CELLAR DOOR & TRATTORIA WILL BE CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY

 

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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 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’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

November
January
March

A chance to take a stunning walk through the wonderful countryside of the King Valley, finishing at one of the oldest and well known wineries: Dal Zotto. The Dal Zotto family is a King Valley institution and were the first in Australia to produce Prosecco. Depending on the date there is either an al fresco lunch prepared by Hedonistic Hiking or lunch in Dal Zotto’s very own Trattoria. All dates will have a private visit to the winery and an opportunity to meet the wine maker.

Hike Dates

10th November 2012
Lunch at Dal Zotto Trattoria

3rd March 2013
Long Lunch at Dal Zotto’s Winery prepared by Otto Dal Zotto & Jackie Parsons

Itinerary

The day starts at the Dal Zotto winery at 10am.

There is a short transfer to the beginning of walk (15 mins) and then we follow a gravel road through native forest. Moving onto smaller tracks we pass evidence of former mining activity before coming out to open countryside. After a short climb we descend into the vineyards of the Dal Zotto estate where we meet a member of their family to talk about the Italian origins of Prosecco and explain how they grow it today in the King Valley. The full walk is 6.8 km.

Lunch is in the winery and depending on the date this will either be in Dal Zotto’s own trattoria or it will be one of Hedonistic Hiking’s famous picnics. Over lunch there is a chance to taste Prosecco and other wines from the Dal Zotto vineyards.

At around 3pm we transfer to the cellar door where the day ends.

More Information

Walking Gear

For helpful hints on what to wear, visit www.hedonistichiking.com.au and select Kit List page.

Accommodation

For a list of recommended accommodation in the local area contact Dal Zotto Wines
Telephone 03 5729 8321
info@dalzotto.com.au

  • Cost $165.00 per person

The price includes GST and represents the true cost. No hidden extras.

What’s Included

  • Transfers from King Valley accommodation
  • Guided walk with Hedonistic Hiking
  • Gourmet al fresco lunch at the Dal Zotto Winery created by Dal Zotto’s and Hedonistic Hiking
  • Private tasting at the winery

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.

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

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

Every Season
All Year Round

Everyday Prosecco

Prosecco ExperiencesDaily

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Supper. Prosecco is the kind of drink that is truly appropriate any time of the day. And that’s exactly when they serve it at Dal Zotto. Visit the cellar door at Dal Zotto at any time and you’ll be able to savour two difference styles of prosecco. As the pioneers of this variety in Australia, one of the Dal Zotto clan will be on hand to regale you with prosecco’s history and their deep family connection with this special drop.

  • Cost / Complimentary

Prosecco e Bocce

Daily

Ball in one hand; prosecco in the other. It might be some kind of magic, but a game of Bocce is always better with a glass or two of Prosecco. Rustle up some mates, acquire the accoutrements from cellar door (a bottle of Prosecco, glass flutes, the bocce set and the rule book) and assume the position for a game for fun or higher stakes – you choose. Salumi platters also available for purchase by prior arrangements (weekdays).

  • Cost / $7 to $28

Seasonal Prosecco Cocktails

Weekends

If you haven’t tried Prosecco front and centre in a cocktail, then you, my friend, haven’t lived. From the worlds famous Bellini to the ever popular Prosecco Spritz and some inspired concoctions in between, the Dal Zotto Trattoria serves up Prosecco cocktails that are befitting of the season, often available with a dish comprising seasonal delights and designed to show off the drink just that little bit more.

  • Cost / $12 to $15 per person

A Prosecco For All Courses –
Prosecco Mini Degustation

Lunch – Weekends only

Dal Zotto’s acclaimed Trattoria sources its produce from very nearby, either from Elena’s own kitchen garden or from some of the finest farmers that call Victoria’s north east home. The Prosecco mini degustation menu matches the brilliant versatility of Prosecco with three courses of classically rustic Italian fare featuring the stellar producers on Dal Zotto’s doorstep.

Must be booked 7 days in advance
Telephone 03 5729 8321
info@dalzotto.com.au

  • Cost / $60 to $75 per person

Walk The Prosecco Road –
Walk, Talk and Drink

Saturday 10th November 2012 
Saturday 19th January 2013 
Sunday 3rd March 2013

Join the Dal Zotto’s with Jackie and Mick from Hedonistic Hiking for a guided ramble through the magnificent King Valley. From its early tobacco days to a now thriving grape industry, take in the breathtaking views of the King Valley and listen to Mick as he weaves his vast local regional knowledge into some damn good yarns. Learn the history of Prosecco from its Italian origins to its more recent Aussie sparkle status from winemaker Michael Dal Zotto. As that piques your thirst, head back to the winery for a private tasting with patriarch Otto Dal Zotto followed by a wonderfully rustic lunch from Dal Zotto’s acclaimed Trattoria. Experience includes: bus transfers to hike site, guided hike with Dal Zotto’s and Hedonistic Hiking, private wine tasting and lunch. Contact winery for details or check our website www.dalzotto.com.au

Bookings Essential
Telephone 03 5729 8321
info@dalzotto.com.au

  • Cost / $140 per person

Prosecco Dolce

Lunch Weekends at Dal Zotto Trattoria

Prosecco’s not just for drinking! Dal Zotto’s Trattoria gets creative with Prosecco but keeps it authentic as it is plied to Italian dessert dishes such as Prosecco Pannacotta or Vanilla Brulee with Peach and Prosecco jelly.

Must be booked 7 days in advance
Telephone 03 5729 8321
info@dalzotto.com.au

  • Cost / $12.50 to $22.50

For more information on the above events
please contact Dal Zotto Wines

Telephone 03 5729 8321
info@dalzotto.com.au

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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

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!

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
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

Wrap Up 2012

Spring in the King Valley, for the most, is a pretty peaceful time. But this all changed on the 3rd weekend in November for our annual Primavera del Prosecco Festival. A Prosecco party like no other!  The region went into overdrive like Melbourne on Cup weekend and much like the races (minus the horses) bubbles were the order of the day! With condition’s that can only be described as ‘Prosecco Perfect’. DZ HQ welcomed day-trippers, locals and interstate visitors as well as friends and family for a weekend of festivities that will surely be remembered (by most anyway). This years Prosecco Party had it all. Even a pirate or two!!

The weekend kicked off on the Friday night, with our annual Tutti a Tavola dinner. Dean and the team from Oscar W’s came in to take on Michelle and Anthony from Dal Zotto’s Trattoria in a ‘Murray vs. Mountain’ old school cook-off. The dish of the night is still to be officially decided, but we’re a bit one-eyed so we’d have to say the Londrigan Blonde Eye Fillet was the standout (locally bred by the Andrews family in Tarrawingee and available to purchase at The Everyday Gourmet in Wangaratta – Phone 03 5721 3444. Or go to www.oldkentuckyblondes.com.au.

Wine of the night – when ever we do a wine dinner anywhere it is always interesting to see what wine will be the crowd favourite. Hoping that it’s a wine we heaps of! (Just kidding).

Usually getting a room full of diners to agree on one wine is not an easy task.

And in the past the cause of much debate or passionate debate. But not this year. This year the wine of the night was the Nebbiolo 2009. Which in recent weeks has collected some amazing results (see news section) and according to our wine maker – Michael will just keep getting better with age. And as with all wines that win these impressive awards stock is very limited so be quick!

Many thanks to Dean and his team for all the help they gave us in preparing for the dinner (and for injecting the kitchen with his cheeky antics). Make sure if you’re ever in Echuca, stop by Oscar W’s, or the soon-to-be-opened American Hotel (which we tip is going to be one of the hottest hotels in Victoria next year) for a quality bite to eat and a drink.

Musos Cam “The Voice” Tapp & Brad “Rumbles” Rumbelow got the crowd up on its feet and dancing away the day as they sipped away on Prosecco Mojito’s and grazed their way though a delicious menu selection. Thanks Cam & Brad!

As the sun started to set behind the King Valley hills, the stage was set for Prosecco Nights 2012 with our favourite DJ – DJ EM! And as usual he did not disappoint! Playing a unique mix of current tracks & old school classics that DJ EM simply calls his ‘Prosecco Nights Cocktail’. There was not a person in the crowd who wasn’t rocking out to his set. Thanks again DJ EM.

But once again the hottest ticket item on the menu and one of the highlights for many a pork fan was our now famous ‘Tuscan Pork Roll’. And Manning the spit for his 3rd consecutive year was Otto. It’s hard to say what Otto loves more about doing this. The cooking, the drinking or the photos taken by adoring pork fans. Perhaps it’s all 3! Either way the Old guy seems to have perfected his technique.

We’d like to send out a huge thank you to all visitors and staff who made this festival one of the best to date.

If you were too busy drinking Prosecco and enjoying the sun like many of us and you did not get a chance to purchase any of the CD’s on sale and you would like to. Email us here at the winery on info@dalzotto.com.au on the weekend For more information please check out Cam Tapps website – www.camtapp.com for more info on upcoming gigs. In particular his XMAS Show at The Toff in Melbourne December 16th. Tickets on sale now