Brothers Michael and Christian Dal Zotto have purchased the family’s Dal Zotto Wines from parents Otto and Elena, marking the first change of hands the winery has seen since the first vines were planted in Victoria's King Valley over 30 years ago.
Patriarch Otto Dal Zotto, born in the village of Valdobbiadene, is the pioneer of prosecco in Australia.
He was the first to commercially plant prosecco varieties in the country, beginning with cuttings from his hometown – a cool climate, wine-producing village in the Veneto region and the heartland of prosecco.
Otto Dal Zotto says the transition of the business to the second generation will ensure a smooth succession plan for the family-owned winery, as the two brothers focus on expanding the business’s prosecco offering.
“This changing of hands is a natural progression for our family business and the journey we have been on since we first released our wines in 1993 and planted prosecco in 1999 – and it comes at a perfect time,” he said.
Otto and Elena will still play a role in the business but will now leave the major decision-making to sons Michael and Christian. Christian will continue to oversee the marketing and sales for Dal Zotto Wines, while Michael will continue in his role as chief winemaker and CEO.
“Prosecco is part of our family history – I learned the art of making prosecco from my father, and he learned it from his father, so we’re really proud of our heritage,” said Michael.