La Dolce Vita Festival

18th & 19th November 2023

We have always enjoyed showing you the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families as we celebrate La Dolce Vita - come join in the fun!

18th & 19th November 2023

La Dolce Vita wine

Wine

Enjoy both new and museum release poured by the winemakers, along with prosecco cocktails and wine spritzes for fun. Salute!

La Dolce Vita food

Food

From nonna’s gnocchi to delicious dishes from renowned chefs, the festival is the ultimate gourmet weekend with something for everyone. Buon appetito!

La Dolce Vita festival

Festival fun

Much more than great food and wine, there’s live music and local produce markets for grown-ups, as well as face painting, fun and games galore for little ones.

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Festival Program

Discovery Tasting Zone

Join us in Milawa for our annual Spring Wine and Food Weekend, featuring two full days of tastings, live entertainment plus delicious wine and food as part of the 2023 ‘La Dolce Vita’ Festival.

‘Discovery Tasting Zone’ – our new immersive tasting experience where we introduce you to our family of wine brands! Featuring four exciting tasting experiences never offered before – Innocent Bystander, Taste Tasmania (featuring Devils Corner, Tamar Ridge and Pirie), Flavour Innovation and Patricia in the Family Cellar.

Free wine tastings in Cellar Door for all ‘La Dolce Vita’ ticket holders

Live music in the grounds:

  • 11:00am – 1:30pm – talented musicians ‘Tommy Gun’ take the stage to showcase their distinctive voice and catchy melodies
  • 2:00pm – 4:30pm – house vibes by ‘DJ Beauy’

A variety of delicious food options including:

  • 4 course Set Menu with matched wines in Brown Brother’s hatted restaurant $120/pp for adults. Bookings essential.
  • Grazing Menu from the Barn including cheese and charcuterie

Experience the warmth of Sicilian hospitality during the June Long Weekend.

Don’t miss the captivating performance by Salvatore Politini on the piano-accordion, sure to be a highlight of the event!. On Sunday enjoy live music with Luke Dewing and his smooth vocals.

Our friendly cellar door team will be there to guide you through a special festival wine tasting selection. Enjoy breathtaking views and a relaxed atmosphere at Politini, the perfect destination to indulge in beautiful wines, savor antipasto, sip on a delightful “Sixpence” espresso, and treat yourself to homemade sweets, including Nonna Josie’s renowned cannoli!

Join us for quality time with loved ones, with food and beverages available at affordable prices, including antipasto boxes, cannoli, dolce plates, local “Sixpence” Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and wines by the glass.

Buses strictly by appointment – [email protected]

Discover The StillHouse, a hidden gem nestled in the picturesque King Valley, just a short 6km journey from Milawa. This extraordinary venue, once a simple farm shed, has been lovingly transformed using reclaimed materials into a captivating distillery.

Weekend Fit for a King guests will experience a guided tasting showcasing a delightful array of regular and seasonal gin with a side of tonic, our luxurious Dark Cacao liqueur and our Pastis – immerse your senses in the exquisite aromatics and tantalising flavours.

Be captivated by the mesmerizing sight of the still in action, engage in stimulating gin conversations with the distiller, and relish the opportunity to savor these remarkable flavors firsthand.

Due to a road closure please use the Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road when visiting Hurdle Creek Still – we are just 6km down the road from Brown Brothers.

A quintessential Tuscan experience

Join the Corsini family at La Cantina King Valley on the 18th and 19th November to celebrate La Dolce Vita in the beautiful King Valley at our classic Tuscan style cellar door.

Here you can taste our vast range of preservative free and vegan friendly wines, including our many Italian varieties and popular 2023 Sangiovese Col Fondo and 2021 Saperavi.

We are very excited to announce the return of the long-awaited Nonno’s Fortified.  Named after Gino (Nonno means grandfather in Italian), our Nonno’s fortified dessert wine made in the tawny port style. It is a blend of 4 red varietals and late-harvest Chardonnay, where the fruit is picked late in the season at very high sugar levels, giving the wine its richness of flavour and sweetness. The wine is then aged in 25-year-old French oak barriques for a minimum of three years, allowing it to develop its classic “plum-pudding in a glass” rich flavour.

Enjoy delicious home-made Italian food made following Nonna’s secret recipes including our popular Arancini, Nonna’s Lasagna, Falsomagro, Tiramisu and much more.  Be entertained with live music by family member Leticia Box-Corsini.  Stroll through our market brimming with homemade products and local produce and a wonderful family friendly atmosphere.

Cellar door is open from 10am to 5pm daily.  We look forward to seeing you over the weekend.

Dal Zotto Wines King valley

Join us at Dal Zotto Wines to celebrate the June Long Weekend in style. Relax and unwind with your loved ones as you savor your favorite DZ wines, accompanied by the melodic acoustic covers performed by Ash Kennedy. The kids will be delighted with face painting activities too!

Indulge in our delectable wood-fired pizzas available daily from 12pm to 3pm, and treat yourself to antipasti platters and chips from 11am to 4pm.

No matter the weather, we have you covered. Our Cellar Door awaits you from 10am to 5pm both days. Visit us to enjoy a wine tasting of five thoughtfully selected wines, or upgrade for just $10 to immerse yourself in a seated tasting of our complete premium range.

Perfectly matched food & wine

Join us at John Gehrig Wines, this is our first time being part of the festival, so come and say hi to our fifth-generation winemaking family. Experience the wide range of wines we have to offer, from French-style sparkling to our exquisite fortified wines.

Make your way to our Cellar Door, open from 10am, where tastings and sales await. For larger groups, we highly recommend booking in advance to ensure the best experience.

Showcasing our family wines and the King River cafe catering share platter style boxes for 2 people $30 ( antipasto and famous flourless chocolate cake to match our great range of fortified wines )

Engage in friendly competition with lawn games on our riverfront lawn, while inside, a mini kids corner awaits to keep the young ones entertained.

Experience the ultimate fun-filled weekend at Pizzini during the King’s Birthday Long Weekend. Join us in our beautiful grounds to dance, sip on exquisite wines, and indulge in a feast celebrating the winter season and the beloved Sangiovese grape variety.

From 11am to 4pm, Paris and Co. and Bric a Brac will keep your toes tapping and get you up dancing. Pinchos will tantalize your taste buds with delightful Italian dishes, ice cream, and sweet treats, available from 11am to 3pm.

Visit our wine bar where our talented team will craft wine cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, and serve wines by the glass. Your entry also includes a wine tasting at our festival tasting bar.

Please note that outside food, alcohol, and pets are not allowed.

If arriving by bus, please book in advance by emailing [email protected].

New release Aligoté and Gamay Await

Sit back and relax in our garden under the shade of the walnut trees, where you can savour the simple pleasures of life. Enjoy great food, great tunes, and superb wines in a laid-back and picturesque setting in the middle of our vineyard.

We will be cooking up a storm with our homemade Italian-style sausages (perfect any time of day but a particular favourite on Sunday mornings), crispy polenta chips and a special springtime dessert.

It wouldn’t be La Dolce Vita without our homemade wine spritzers: grapefruit cordial, wine, mint, and soda over ice. The perfect refreshment to sip and share with friends before enjoying a wine tasting.

We will be showcasing our new releases including Pinot Blanc, Aligoté, and Gamay. These wines are a testament to our commitment to excellence in winemaking and we can’t wait to share them with you.

We’ve also selected a back vintage gem, a wine that’s been aged to perfection to open over the weekend. This is a special opportunity to taste history in a glass.

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Getting here

The Hume Freeway, the Maroondah and Midland Highways, and the Great Alpine Road feed into the region – the journey from Melbourne is a comfortable 3 hours, or 4 hours from Canberra. All roads leading to the region are sealed, and offer spectacular views.

Albury Airport facilitates daily flights between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, operated by Qantas Link, REX, Virgin Airlines and JETGO. All major rental car agencies are based at the airport. Wangaratta railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail link.

Staying here

If you'd like to stay in the valley, look for accomodation in Milawa, Oxley, Moyhu, Myrrhee, King Valley, Whitfield or Cheshunt.

Check out local options

Or, if you'd like to explore one of the other beautiful towns of the High Country when you visit, try Wangaratta, Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth, Bright, Myrtleford or Porepunkah.

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Getting around

There are lengthy distances between many of our wineries. We recommend planning your itinerary in advance and carpooling with a group of friends.

Local operators offer shuttle services, public tours and private hire for our festivals. Search for North East Coachlines, Warrawee Busline and King Valley Winery Tours.

Something else?

If you have a question about planning your itinerary, distances between wineries or anything else, please get in touch via the 'Send us a message' button at the bottom of this screen - we would be delighted to help.

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