Domaine Chandon, located within the Yarra Valley, Victoria (just 50km or one hour east of Melbourne), was established by French champagne house Moët and Chandon in the mid-eighties after the successful establishment of estates in Argentina, Brazil and the US. The winery specialises in méthode traditionelle sparkling wine and cool-climate still wine working with over 30 grape growers from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
“The geographical diversity of the grape sourcing helps produce complexity and structure, trademark characteristics that have seen Chandon become recognised as Australia’s benchmark producer of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines”.
Chandon sparkling wines are made with the same grape varieties used in the Champagne region in France: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The sparkling pinot shiraz also features shiraz.
We picked up a bottle of the 2011 Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé which is a méthode traditionelle sparkling blended from chardonnay and pinot noir. So delicious, dry and creamy, with hints of berries.
There is so much to experience at Domaine Chandon. Aside from the amazing view of the vines from the well-appointed tasting bar, you can enjoy a meal from the adjoining Greenpoint Brasserie (named after the original dairy farm where the winery now sits). For those that are wanting to learn a bit more, there is a self-guided tour route around the winery as well as wine discovery classes that delve deeper into the tasting the Chandon selection.
Visit www.chandon.com.au for more information about Chandon wines, the Greenpoint Brasserie, wine tours, and other special events.