Dally in the valley

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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28th February, 2013
Take Ewen “the Westie” Gilmour as a laugh-a-minute MC, add spit-roast lambs, swirling kolo dancers and freely flowing wine and you have the recipe for a great day out. Dallies in the Valley, held each February at the Artisan winery in Oratia, West Auckland, is a celebration of Croatian culture. Where else can you settle down to watch a tug of war between the “ichs” and the “non-ichs”? “Oratia was a great place to grow up,” recalls Rex Sunde, “with a tight Croatian [mostly Dalmatian] community.” Sunde and wife Maria produced their first vintage at Artisan in ...

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