New · Processco Road

I love roads. They take you to another place, and it's what you make of it when you get there that can create the magic. Well there's now a new road. It's call Prosecco Road, and, yes, as it's names suggests, at the end of it you're plunged into a fantastical world of bubbly white wine, Aussie-Italian style. 

We took the road last weekend with those arbiters of European-hospitality, the Dal Zotto's (oooh, and what a super new websitethey've got!). The road we travelled consisted of a hike through the hills of the stunning King Valley (on the perfect autumnal day, no less) to learn the history of the region. We then dropped down into the winery for a tasting of their very two differing style of prosecco (see further comments below).

Ready for lunch, the chefs at Dal Zotto's La Frasca trattoria generously delivered antipasto galore followed by a gorgeous bowl of house-made parpadelle with a rich veal ragu, keeping things perfectly rustic. 

And then we drank more prosecco. And a prosecco spritz - one for the road. Ah yes, the road.... on the King Valley Prosecco Road there's loads of other routes to travel and experiences to savour from a host of King Valley prosecco producers. Visit www.kingvalleyproseccoroad.com.au.

About the wines:

The Dal Zotto L'Immigrante Prosecco (RRP $36) was the first style of prosecco they produced and in fact, the Dal Zotto's were the pioneers of prosecco in the King Valley region (and in Australia for that matter), It's a style of wine made using the methodo classico technique. The secondary ferment in bottle delivers soft creamy bubbles with hints of apple and pear on the palate with a savoury edge. We had the 2008 and it finished with that lovely crisp acid that Prosecco is known for. 

The Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco NV (RRP $18.50) is made in the true Prosecco style using the charmat technique, and this latest Pucino is as close to the true Italian style as the Dal Zotto's have yet produced. The wine exhibits all those classic characters associated with Prosecco ~ lifted fragrances of jasmine and wisteria on the nose flowing through tocrisp apple and hints of lemon zest on the palate. It's loads of fun, this one.

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Llawela Forrest