Meet Warren Proft from Chrismont
To celebrate Chrismont’s La Zona Prosecco being our Wine of the Month for September, we caught up with winemaker, Warren Proft.
You’ve made every Chrismont wine since it began in 1999 – what major changes in Australian wine tastes have you seen during that time?
Australian wine consumers in the last 20 years have made a quantum leap from what was really just 6 varieties and styles to being interested in wines from all over the world. People are more interested in trying different styles and varieties and celebrating the diversity that is wine.
What made you decide to stay in the King Valley?
King Valley is a beautiful area close to all the places I like to hang out. But ultimately the local community is incredibly warm, generous and hospitable which made us feel at home the minute we moved in.
Prosecco is a style that’s really taken Australian wine-lovers by storm – what do you think makes it so appealing?
Prosecco is a very friendly wine to drink unlike other sparkling wines that are traditionally more acidic. Prosecco also has an image of being fun and unashamedly promotes itself with mixing cocktails as well as being great on its own.
What makes the La Zona Prosecco stand out from the crowd?
Coming from the King Valley, The La Zona Prosecco inherits the regions strong expression of varietal fruit which is an aspect we try to preserve. A well balanced level of dosage to complement the acidity and a dry finish makes the wine memorably moreish.
What is your all-time favourite wine memory (other than a wine itself)?
When I was working in Spain, the local community held their ‘fiesta del vinos’ which was an eye opener and experience. The main parade involved everyone, children to grandparents, all dancing and squirting each other with wine having a great time. It really drove home the point to me how wine is so integrated into their society and way of life.
Other than your own wine, what is the wine that you like to drink at home?
I like to try everything. We are always bringing home different wines.
What is your ultimate food and wine match?
Seafood pasta with a crisp white like Riesling or Arneis.
What do you do to relax away from the winery?
Chill out with my family and friends, and make (real) cider.
What is your favourite…
Into the void
Pulp Fiction – all time classic
No time for TV
Rinaldos – Wangaratta
Provenence – Beechworth
Fruit, yogurt, muesli
Slow cooked lamb
Time of day/night?
Dawn and dusk
Daughters’ netball teams
Bridge road ‘Robust Porter, King River Brewing ‘Saison’