December 4, 2019 / By Rachael Kable
Earlier this year, I moved back to my home town in North East Victoria after 8 years of Melbourne life (bringing my fiancé and our two dogs with me!). While I loved my time in the city, I was really looking forward to being surrounded by mountains again and returning to a lovely, small community.
After 8 months of country living, we’ve decided we’re here to stay! We’ve explored waterfalls and gone swimming in the crisp river. I’ve planted dahlias with my mum and walked the dogs around the local lake. We’ve made wonderful friends and gone along to Saturday morning boot camp!
And to top it all off, we’ve just spent an incredible weekend at the La Dolce Vita Festival in the King Valley, visiting stunning wineries and meeting many of their proud owners. Be sure to add the La Dolce Vita Festival to your list of “fun things to do” because it’s such an incredible experience and a wonderful adventure. You’ll discover breath-taking sceneries, enjoy delicious food and drinks, meet fun and friendly people and listen to great music. Bring some good friends and you’ll be set for a truly great weekend!
Here is a little sneak peek of what we experienced at La Dolce Vita Festival in 2019.
The sun was out and it was a beautiful, warm morning as we arrived at Sam Miranda. We spritzed our own Prosecco at a beautiful refurbished street cart – with flavours like blood orange, passionfruit and green apple, it was a wonderful start to the day!
At Politini, we kicked off our shoes and relaxed on picnic blankets under the trees, Aperol Spritz in hand. The chocolate and vanilla cannoli were delicious and the atmosphere was welcoming and cheerful.
Ah, Chrismont. What an amazing surprise it was! Not only is the building absolutely stunning, but we also ate a beautiful lunch (and dessert!) of goat’s cheese and pesto ravioli, lemon tart and chocolate mousse, all while overlooking the vineyards with the mountains in the background. This is definitely a place you won’t want to miss!
Brown Brothers was the perfect place for us to relax in the evening. With a sparkling and seafood bar, Spanish bar, Italian bar, Modern Australia bar and dessert bar, there were plenty of food and drink options! We tested our wine knowledge in the fun Brown Family Wine Options Challenge and then relaxed on comfortable beanbags and sipped on dry rosé as the sun set.
La Cantina King Valley
At La Cantina, we wandered along the market featuring local produce and handmade goods (and left with a few jars of delicious olive tapenade!). Everyone at the free wine tasting was incredibly friendly and excited to share the stories of their preservative-free wines with us as well as some very delicious sips of wine.
We’re already planning our next trip to Dal Zotto after a wonderful food and Prosecco tasting experience with Michael and Christian Dal Zotto. It was clear how passionate they are about family, food and wine and we loved learning more about them and why they do what they do. We tried out the Prosecco fishing and while we didn’t successfully “catch” a bottle, we had a really fabulous time trying! Each of us left with a beautiful bottle of – a special Prosecco with a wonderful story.
The vibrant energy of Pizzini was obvious as soon as we arrived! With live music, a gnocchi rolling competition, a wine spitting competition (which we weren’t game enough to try but enjoyed watching!) and a wonderful hula hoop performer, we just couldn’t stop having fun! We enjoyed sipping elderflower mocktails and eating housemade gnocchi – all of which was delicious.
The La Dolce Vita Festival was an incredible experience and I’m so grateful for being part of such an amazing, local event. Everyone we met were friendly, welcoming and passionate about their work and we can’t wait to visit again soon!
The Tea Garden Creek Cottage was the perfect place to stay during the La Dolce Vita Festival. It was cosy, beautifully decorated, comfortable and quiet. The lovely hosts even took us to meet the lambs on Sunday morning! We highly recommend this accommodation, whether you’re visiting during La Dolce Vita or enjoying a weekend in the King Valley with friends.