A Taste of Italy Down Under

A Taste of Italy Down Under

If ever you pay a visit to the beautiful King Valley in Victoria you would be forgiven for thinking that the place has a distinctly Mediterranean feel, especially when visiting the multitude of vineyards and wineries which the region plays host to. This is because many dynamic Italian migrant families established wineries that continue to innovate through the generations. You'll taste increasingly well-known Italian wines, including (controversially) Prosecco, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Arneis and Barbera.

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The wines featured in this months case are a bright and lively blend of predominantly Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc. The red blend typifies the regions shared Italian and Australian heritage; combining the Aussie classic Shiraz with the old Italian favourite Dolcetto. This is a vibrant wine with black cherry and black forest gateau aromas which are backed up by a juicy moreish palate with fine supple tannins and a slightly spicy finish. Bellisimo!

Grape Profile: Dolcetto

Dolcetto is predominantly grown in the North Eastern region of Piedmont. In Italian the word Dolcetto translates to “little sweet one” but it is not known whether this is a reference to the grapes high levels of residual sugar.


Key Countries and Regions

The vast majority of plantings occur in Italy, specifically around the towns of Dogliani and Diano d’Alba, Also numerous Dolcettto vineyards in California where it was introduced by expatriate Italians. Australia is home to the oldest Dolcetto vines with some dating back to the 1860’s. 

Climate Suitability

The best Dolcetto is grown on soils rich with white marl which are especially prevelant on the right bank of the River Tauro. Whilst not being the most difficult to cultivate, Dolcetto can be susceptible to fungal disease, so care must be taken in the vineyard.

Colour and Flavours

Dolcetto tends to be drunk young as it has low tannin and acidity. The wines are however rather fragrant and fruity and with a hint of almond.


Acqui, Bignola, Cosset, Gros Plant, Nibio, Picot Rouge, Plant de Savoie and Promotico to name but a few!


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