For those who have not ever been, La Dolce Vita festival in the King Valley on the third weekend in November is something that tends to appear on wine lovers’ bucket lists. Translated as ‘the sweet life’ this festival is all about great wine, great food, great people and (hopefully) some fine rays of sunshine.
Eminence, albeit battling the wettest three years in winemaking history, has sadly not had good reason to be part of it in the past – but this year I will be hosting a little pop-up cellar door at King Valley Cucina.
King Valley Cucina is generally only open these days for private functions and festival weekends, but owner Barb Sartori is probably one of the best cooks (sorry mum) I’ve ever met in my life; this lady certainly knows her way around a wood fired pizza. And don’t even get me started on the cakes!
I am taking up residence in one end of the restaurant where I’ll be pouring the three wines we have available at the moment, in addition to a selection of the local Redbank Wines. There’ll be tastings and wine by the glass sales of the whole range, plus you can grab a coffee, pizza or dessert – and sit in the sunshine and forget about real life.
Also featuring at King Valley Cucina during the festival weekend (see below for more dates) is the hugely anticipated exhibition by local artist Michael Ashby. Not just an artist – Michael is our lovely neighbour, and also spends a significant amount of time working in our vineyard. When he’s not up at 7am lovingly pruning the vines, he is creating handcrafted images steeped in the impact and beauty of western art.
Michael’s annual exhibition this year also includes Connie Lichti (Ceramicist), John Kunert (fine woodwork) and Glen Mitchell (artist blacksmith) and our very own Eminence wines at the opening! It promises to be a real showstopper.
I’ll be at King Valley Cucina on the 17th and 18th from 10am – 5pm both days, so drop in and say hello, taste the new wines, check out the exhibition, grab a coffee, eat some pizza & maybe even a sneaky slice of cake…It’s not called La Dolce Vita for nothing!