Christian and Michael Dal Zotto are planning to increase production at Dal Zotto Wines after buying the business from their parents Otto and Elena.

The move sees the business move to its second generation of the Dal Zotto family, over 30 years since its first vines were planted. The two brothers have said that they will focus on expanding the Prosecco offering.

“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.

“The greatest lesson I have learnt about Prosecco is focusing on simplicity and minimising the process. Over the next three years, we want to see the Dal Zotto name become synonymous with Prosecco and vice versa.”

In 2017, Prosecco production accounted for 50 per cent of the Dal Zotto business with 40,000 cases distributed across Australia. There are plans to increase production by 30 per cent in 2018, and 15 per cent each year after that.

Otto and Elena will still play a role in the business but will now leave the major decision-making to sons Michael and Christian.

“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 as we celebrate 24 years of the winery next year,” said Otto.

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.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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