October 19, 2019 / By The Weekender Travel
Ahh, Bellissimo! With their rich cultural heritage, and exceptional wines, no one loves a celebration of all things Italian more than folk of King Valley, Victoria. And on November 16 & 17, the Italian Spirit will reign supreme at their fun and family- friendly wine festival La Dolce Vita in Victoria’s High Country.
Drink in the big, blue skies, mountain views and lush green vineyards of the region as you enjoy the generous hospitality of the area’s winemaking families. Festival tickets are $25, and offer access to events at participating wineries, festival menus, entertainment, and a souvenir wine glass to keep.
Wondering where to start? Let us break it down.
Brown Brothers are celebrating La Dolce Vita with live music all weekend, alongside a multitude of food bars offering Spanish, Italian, Dessert, Modern Australian, and Sparkling + Seafood options. Caravana Sun headline the music program on Saturday evening from 5:30pm, plus there are workshops, games for the kids and private Prosecco pods and lounges to book, so you can settle in for the day or the weekend.
Sam Miranda lets you personalise your premium Prosecco at a refurbished street cart, Il Carello, that offers fresh fruits, syrups and sorbets. Enjoy platters of local produce on the lawns, or tapas in the cellar door restaurant. Enjoy Prosato slushies, Allegra’s Corner for the kids, plus wine and cheese pairing sessions with Sam Miranda and Donovan Jacka of Tolpuddle Farm.
Prosecco Nights ease you into the evening at Dal Zotto Wines, with DJ Emmillion getting you in the mood from 4.00 – 7.00 pm Saturday. Patriarch Otto Dal Zotto serves up his famous Porchetta rolls at 5.00 pm Saturday, and there are private wine flight tastings available to book all weekend. Try the Prosecco cocktails carefully curated by mixologist Tim Dundoon.
Keeping it authentic, Pizzini Wines' weekend-long activities include Ms Gnoccha gnocchi rolling competition, wine spitting competitions, plus cheese and antipasti plates, wine cocktails, spritzers, and non-alcoholic cocktails on offer. For the kids, there are giant lawn games, face painting, circus workshops, and more!
All weekend at Politini you can enjoy a Prosecco and Spritzer bar, free tasting of their Italian wines, and Lunch at Nonna’s, with a Sicilian style menu. The espresso bar works perfectly with their homemade cannoli, while live music from Scott Solimo and Amanda will take you from the 80’s to today!
Over the 2 days La Cantina King Valley are offering antipasti, lunch and desserts, plus free tastings of their Tuscan-style range of wines. Enjoy a market under the trees, with coffee, produce, and local goods to browse and buy.
And don’t forget Symphonia – a little further up the hill, with spectacular views, and free tastings of single-vineyard alternative varietals, lawn games, kid’s meals and light lunches overlooking the vines.
Very clearly a weekend to be shared with family and friends, we recommend getting a group together and hiring out a place to stay, to laugh, to eat, to drink and to revel in the Italian spirit!