This image is one of ten photographs of Katrina and Natalie Pizzini of Pizzini Wines at Whitfield in the King Valley, Victoria, taken by Catherine Forge on 21 July 2017 as part of the Invisible Farmer Project, which included two oral history interviews with Katrina and Natalie.
The image depicts Katrina Pizzini conducting a pasta-making demonstration at Pizzini Wines, in Whitfield, King Valley, Victoria. Katrina's interest in Italian cooking was greatly inspired by her mother-in-law Rosa Pizzini (1924-2017).
Katrina was born in 1954 and became involved with farming when she married Fred Pizzini in her late teens and became an integral part of the Pizzini family farm and business in the King Valley, which at this stage was producing tobacco. Over the years Katrina and Fred had four children, and Katrina balanced domestic work, motherhood and on-farm labour. In the 1970s to early 1980s the tobacco farm gradually ceased production and the tobacco was replaced with wine grapes. Katrina describes her work on the vineyard as 'hands on'; her responsibilities included outdoor work planting poles and training vines as well as indoor work such as accounting and bookkeeping. In 1994 Katrina and Fred purchased the Mountain View Hotel in Whitfield, a short drive from the Pizzini vineyard. Katrina worked alongside her daughter Natalie Pizzini to cook, clean and maintain the hotel, eventually leading to the development of a cellar door and B & B. In recent years Katrina's main duties have focused on bringing tourists to the King Valley region with cooking classes and gourmet food offerings such as homemade passata, raspberry jam, popcorn and chocolate.
Natalie Pizzini was born in Canberra in 1972 and worked on the family farm as a child and teenager. She studied environmental science at university before finding herself back in Whitfield working at the family's restaurant, the Mountain View Hotel. It is here that she began honing her skills in food tourism and marketing, which has continued to be her main role with Pizzini Wines.
Throughout both interviews, Katrina and Natalie reflect on their roles in the family business, the importance of value-adding and tourism, the influence of their mother and grandmother Rosa Pizzini (1924-2017) and the highlights and challenges that they've experienced as women working in a male-dominated wine industry.
This photograph is part of Museums Victoria's Invisible Farmer Project Collection. The Invisible Farmer Project was the largest ever study of Australian women on the land, uncovering the histories and stories of Australian women in agriculture. It began as a pilot project (2015-2016) and evolved into a three year (2017-2020) nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academic, government and cultural organisations, funded by the Australian Research Council.
Description of Content
Woman making tagliatelli in a kitchen. She is wearing a 'Pizzini á tavola!' apron.
Place & Date Depicted
Digital Still Image, Colour
Type of item
Women Farmers, Women in Agriculture, Women's Issues, Women on Farms, Rural Women, Agriculture & Farming, Farmers, Cooking, Wine, Wineries, Viticulture, Viticulture & Winemaking, Tobacco Industry, Tobacco Farming, Immigration