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King Valley Winery

King Valley Winery

Dal Zotto Still Not In Border Bubble

A King Valley winery is still left out of the border bubble and has been struggling to dodge massive hurdles throughout the year.

Not only has the bushfires and COVID-19 impacted the Dal Zotto Wines, but now the border closure has seen a loss of tourism.

The winery was established in the North East's King Valley in 1987 and began as a small vineyard with chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

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Christian Dal Zotto says it has been a massive challenge navigating through the bushfires and COVID-19 - now the business is dealing with the NSW-Victorian border restrictions.

"When the border bubble was announced everyone was a bit excited because we thought it would be some good news after a challenging year, but then we found out we were not included."

"To be left out when it is literally 11km from our winery and cellar doors it just does not make any sense to us."

Christian says this would ultimately have been one of the busiest times of the year for the winery, but COVID-19 has put a stop to that.

"The border of NSW encompasses that Albury-Wodonga region so we usually have a huge amount of visitors to come through and many people have cancelled trips because they cannot get here."

"We have been serving customers with delivery but it still not the same as the experience you get when you come to the cellar door. It is just a completely different vibe when you are physically here."

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