“All I wanted to be was a chef - I started off in this tiny pizzeria and we ended up being extremely popular,” he says.
For Micallef, the Yarra Valley was a natural fit to expand the business.
After eight years, Zonzo’s landlords put the property up for sale and Micallef decided he wanted to take the next step.
“I want to create a beautiful experience when people visit Zonzo Estate," he says. "Our winemakers make wines to suit our food[and] just before harvest we take fruit samples and check baumé levels to make sure we're right on time for picking.”
Zonzo Estate has recently expanded their business into the ever-growing Asian exports business, sending products over to Shanghai and Hong Kong.
“While we were there we had an opportunity to showcase our products and we had a tasting of our wine that led to the first order of 580 bottles. Since then we've come back and they’ve recorded another 1,500 bottles,” Micallef says.
“There's a lot in store for Zonzo in the future.”
Leanne Giles is a brand performance expert at ANZ