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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – Dal Zotto Wines

In Australia there are over 2,400 wineries. In Victoria alone there’s just over 700 wineries – the most of any state in Australia. Go Victoria! (Sorry other states!)

So many wineries, so many wines to taste!




Thankfully, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival helped us out in tasting some of Victoria’s best wineries in a one-stop-shop at the City Cellar showcase, on the banks of the Yarra River. While there were many brilliant wineries on show, there was one standout for me – Dal Zotto Wines.



Dal Zotto Wines is located in the King Valley region of Victoria. This region is approximately a 3 hours drive from Melbourne up the Hume freeway, nestled at the base of the Alpine National Park .

What makes King Valley unique is not only the amazing mountainous region it’s surrounded by, but also it’s migrant heritage. Many Italian migrants settled in the King Valley back in the 1940’s and 50’s. Along with the migrants came many European wine varieties including Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Barbera, and the infamous Prosecco. In fact, the King Valley can be considered Australia’s home of the Prosecco.


There’s no place like home for Prosecco than the King Valley 


Dal Zotto Wines prides itself on its family values and heritage. With Dal Zotto founder Otto Dal Zotto being the planter of the first vine of Prosecco in the country, why wouldn’t you be?!

Who better to shine through these family values than Patrick, Dal Zotto’s colourful salesman. As soon as you meet Patrick, his energy and love of wine is infectious. Not to mention his love of food. He took us through each of their wines they had for tasting, and explained the flavour and characteristics of each. He even recommended using their Prosecco to make a mojito! Wow this guy loves to experiment. Something I’ll need to try out.




If you do ever see the Dal Zotto Wines stand at any of the numerous wine shows that pop up in and around the country, be sure to drop by and say hi to Patrick!



My final take home picks of the day were:

Dal Zotto Wines Rosato 2013

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When you come across a Rosé as good as this one, pick it up and take it home with you. You’ll have no second thoughts or regrets.


Dal Zotto Wines Pinot Grigio 2015

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A classic Italian variety that stays true to how a Pinot Grigio should be – Crisp, fruity, with a clean refreshing finish.


Until next time winos,




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A couple of filly’s on field at Melbourne’s Food and Wine Flemington Grazing Trail

It comes around once a year. The Melbourne Food and Wine show. In its second year running the Flemington grazing trail lays itself out on the grass at Flemington racecourse. Coincidently it also happens to fall on the same day as the Super Saturday horse race.

While it is a race day, dress code is a little more relaxed, taking on a smart, yet more casual style. Basically, anything goes when wandering around in the grazing trail enclosure. As long as you arrive thirsty, with an empty belly and happy vibes you’re in for a great day.

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It’s Phar Lap!


On arrival you can kit yourself up with a tasting glass for $20. Getting this little glass in your hand is like getting a pan ready to sift for gold. With this little baby you can wander around freely, tasting whatever you like.


If you do come across a fabulous drop of gold, and want to drink the whole bottle, you can! Yep. You can buy the whole bottle to sip on with your friends in the sun, and watch the horse races go by. Brilliant!


If you’re looking to buy a few bottles to take home with you from the racetrack, you will have to settle for a ‘buy now, have delivered to your door later’, due to racecourse alcohol restrictions. With the luxury of not having to lug your cartons of wine home yourself, and wineries offering special discounts on the day, it’s a win-win situation really.


My Tip the Bottle trifecta of winning wines for the day:

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  • With First Place going to Olivers Taranga – Vermintino 2014.  I sneaked in a quick tasting of this wine while I was waiting for my pizza. Refreshing, slight sweetness with citrus tasting notes.


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What a winning hand!

I only wish they had this grazing trail at every racing day.

Until next time winos,




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