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La Dolce Vita This Summer In The Heart Of Melbourne

Posted on: 20 October 2021

QT Melbourne and Dal Zotto transform the Secret Garden

QT Melbourne has taken inspiration from the land which coined the phrase ‘La Dolce Vita’. This summer, expect nothing less.

Opening from Friday 22nd October, every Thursday to Sunday from 2:00pm, enter the Secret Garden, which will be overflowing with prosecco and an air of La Dolce Vita. The designer hotel has revived the summer sojourn to embrace the sunshine with a fresh lick of artistic paint, and new menu in partnership King Valley’s Dal Zotto Wines. Bringing all the Italianate garden vibes and celebrating the finest produce of the region, the Secret Garden has picked the best of local vines and tastes of the neighbourhood trattoria with an all-Victorian line-up.

Thrive on a Rooftop oasis, sipping on Dal Zotto prosecco with sounds harking back to 1920’s Italia curated by vibe expert Andrew Lewis, Founder of DigitalWax and QT Music Collaborator. An all-Victorian menu providores; beers from Bridge Road Brewing Beechworth, salumi from The Meat Room Kilmore, gin and limoncello from Bass & Flinders Mornington Peninsula and local water from Capi. An ancient past-time from the Roman Empire, Bocce, will keep entertained those seeking a little competition.

Bringing a piece of King Valley to Melbourne CBD, for the first time Dal Zotto will showcase their exclusive reserve list, normally saved for their wine club members, making Secret Garden the first venue in Australia with access to these wines. Michael Dal Zotto, Chief Wine Maker and CEO said, “It’s a rare and special opportunity for Dal Zotto to be able to partner with QT Melbourne and share our Reserve List to the public, in particular our early 2000s Riesling which grow exceptional in the King Valley. Age has also been kind to our Italian Red varietals like our 2015 Limmigrante Barbera, which showcases softer tannins and add a hint of savoury to balance out the fruit in this bold red. All the wines available on the Reserve List are prime for drinking.

Breathing new life into the space, Jan-Juc based artist, Rowena Martinich, has transformed the Secret Garden with her bold work. ‘Chromaoasis’ is inspired by the element of surprise of the Secret Garden, which lives hidden behind the iconic Rooftop at QT. It shifts and evolves from every angle, promising to tell a new story at every glance. Enter into a luscious playground, full of vibrant colour, fluid and fierce providing a contrast against the industrial design and city skyline views.

Rowena Martinich, Jan-Juc artist says, “The rooftop springs to life with ‘Chromaoasis’; an oasis of colour amidst the hard edged and grey urban city-scape. It offers a deep immersion into the layers of luminous colour and liquid painted gestures, the organic sweeping lines of the painting softens the building structure and creates cohesion across the rooftop garden, transforming it into a place of imagination and playfulness and taking patrons outside the realms of their normal daily experience.”

QT Melbourne will be home to 12 new artworks from Rowena Martinich, guests can purchase to have their own piece of the Secret Garden at home.

Lee Davey, QT Melbourne’s General Manager said, “We took our time to find local suppliers that were inspiring and we believed in, to create a truly unique activation showcasing the very best of regional Victoria in the heart of Melbourne CBD. We’re obsessed with the new look and feel of the Secret Garden and cannot wait to see Melbourne come to life again.”

QT Melbourne’s revamped Secret Garden will be kissing guests on both cheeks (figuratively of course) every Thursday to Sunday from 2:00pm, from Friday 22nd of October.

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