Savoring the valley

Big crowds get a good taste of local wineries’ hospitality
Tim and Lisbeth Long and their children were among thousands at La Dolce Vita. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

WE’LL be coming back.

It was a phrase almost as free flowing as the Italian varietal wines being swirled around in thousands of glasses, at what was yet another hugely successful La Dolce Vita wine festival in the King Valley over the weekend.

Overcast weather on Saturday and Sunday provided the perfect climate for large crowds to savor the feast of local Italian wines, food fare and entertainment being offered at eight wineries dotted from Oxley all the way up past Cheshunt.

As if mother nature wasn’t doing its best to help complement the occasion in the picturesque valley, one of the heaviest rainfalls of the year was timed overnight so as not to interfere with the fine spectacle.

Sam Miranda chats with guests.

Enjoying Sam Miranda Wines were Carmel Bakker and Jacinta Scurrah.

Jay Livingstone with Oliver the dog.

Enjoying bocce at Dal Zotto Wines were Gavin and Kylie Hughes, Luke Clark and Jess Bussell.

Kevin McKinnon, Cheryl Ingram and Jennifer Jones enjoyed Dal Zotto Wines.

The wines spitting was a crowd pleaser at Pizzini Wines, with Elaine Maggs giving her best shot.

Local band Brick a Back made up of Kenny McAlpin, Ched Lemeledo and Sam Thorpe.

Kite flying a favorite of Linda and Scott Fraser and daughters Caitlin and Isabella.

Yarra Valley visitors Sinead and Josh Hall enjoyed Politini Wines.

avoring the proseco at Christmonts were Bridie Kennedy, Frances Ashby and Maryanne Kennedy.

Savoring some of Brown Brothers fare were Lisa Mandragona, Karli Astle and Sarah Wilson.

Julia and Felix Kline with Amelia and Max McKie.

Fiona and Jacqueline Coghill.

Kevin Arnold, Maddie Canning, Janine Arnold and Marie Arnold.

Having a bit of a dance at Brown Brothers were Charli Wright and Alice Vincent.

Tim and Lisbeth Long and their children were among thousands at La Dolce Vita. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

Wines of the King Valley events chairperson Luis Simian was very pleased with the overall success of the festival, hopeful the large numbers on both days may see wine glass sales exceed 3000.

“It has been busy, with around half those from the local area and the others from interstate and Melbourne,” he said.

“At our winery (Politini Wines) we were definitely up on last year…we probably had about 1000 people…we did 460 meals alone on Saturday.”

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