This has been such a long summer, our Late Summer Menu (available on Fridays and weekends) has been changed and re-launched! Of course it includes our figs, old favourites like carpaccio ciprani and our house made cassata. View it here.
We successfully released a number of wines in December, and all are selling well. They include the 2013 Barbera, a semi-sweet white wine Allegro and our first Vermentino Reserve. The di Lusso Estate range is close to complete as we head into Autumn.
In our last update, we wished for a dry hot summer. Now I regret that the universe listened – and delivered without mercy! As a result of record temperatures and near-record drought, the harvest will be small, early and a relief to see the end of. But our sympathy goes out to the REAL farmers around here. I’m thinking it’ll take a decade to recover from the last three months.
Our di Lusso calendar for 2014 events is detailed in the What’s On section of our web site. The first event is an Emilia-Romagna Regional Dinner on 15th February. (Then follows the “Wedding Season” part one through to Easter – when we’re hosting a Cinema di Lusso on Easter Saturday.
We previously reported that we were on the lookout for fruit to replace some of our farm’s shortfall.
So we headed down south on a ‘busman’s holiday’ to Orange and north-east Victoria to check out the scene.
I must say I struggle a bit with appreciating Orange…but I won’t go on! King Valley, on the other hand, was a joy to visit! Icons like Fred Pizzini, Arnie Pizzini, and others were just so generous with their time and advice; the valley is beautiful, full of little hamlets, rivers, country pubs etc. no fruit or juice (they too were frost affected), but tourism appeared to be thriving. (Rutherglen, on the other hand, was hot, dry and very thinly populated by wineries (although they were of a high standard).
But east-west Mudgee’s best, and we arrived home to a broken water pump – as one does. Back to work with a crunch!
At di Lusso Estate vineyards, we specialize in Italian varieties and blends. We grow eight varieties of grapes;
Dry white varieties, Arneis and Vermentino.
Dry red varieties Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Lagrein.
At any one time, we might have seventeen wine styles on offer. White wines Pinot Grigio and Vermentino (two styles each), a varietal Arneis, two white blends Adagio and Allegro, and a sparkling Vivo!
We usually have two rosé styles in our range (both ‘dry’ but with a small amount of residual sugar)
Our red wine range includes Sangiovese, Lagrein and Barbera (sometimes two styles of each), a premium red blend (‘il Palio’) and a ‘ verandah’ Rosso version
Dessert wine varieties are Aleatico and Picolit (and we use Vermentino as a source grape for our sweet Appassimento style wine).
Restaurant: open Friday to Sunday 12pm-2.30pm for a la carte and pizza menu. Other weekdays our Chef’s Special, Antipasto & Cheese Platters.
Welcome to our Summer menu! It’s intended – in both the pizza and a la carte versions – to be a blend of some traditional favourites and a few dishes we haven’t offered before. We invite you all to come out, taste some, and give us your thoughts!
We are pleased to present our new Wedding e-brochure – with all the information you need to plan a beautiful wedding at di Lusso Estate. Imagine your special wedding day in our vineyard setting with the gorgeous lake as a backdrop! Click here to go to our Wedding page.
We’ve thought long and hard about ways to offer more and better Loyalty Club options and service, and here is what we’ve come up with!
Existing Comune members may of course remain where they are…receiving a 10% discount on purchases, free freight for case purchases and the opportunity to increase their discount through frequent (uncommitted) purchases. ‘New’ Comune membership is available to those who purchase a case or more at cellar door, other locations or on our webshop.
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