Domaine Chandon – Established by French champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1986 and is dedicated to the production of Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wine and premium quality, cool-climate still Victorian wines. Set in the verdant hills of Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley, just a short drive from Melbourne, the winery attracts more than 110,000 visitors a year.
Domaine Chandon’s tour is one of the most outstanding wine-tourism experiences in the world. Guests can see winemaking in progress, visiting the barrel cellar and the riddling hall. Stunning photography and informative notes explain each step in the process. The tour concludes in the Green Point Room, where guests can enjoy Domaine Chandon’s premium sparkling and still wines by the glass.
We decided to have lunch at the recently revitalised Chandon Greenpoint Brasserie. Refurbished with an exciting and contemporary, provincial design, it is Yarra Valley’s leading food and wine destination. We tried the Pinot Noir Rosé and White wine and it was delicious.
To accompany our wine, we had a platter of Charcuterie – Pork and fennel terrine, rare beef, and smoked ham served with Chandon tomato and capsicum relish, whole grain mustard and cornichons.
Yering Station – Victoria’s first vineyard, Yering Station, was originally planted in 1838. This historical wine estate was purchased by the Rathbone family in 1996, marking the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award-winning wine tourism destination.
The self-guided tour allows visitors to explore the Yering Station property at their leisure. Wandering through the landscaped gardens, past the historic barn, the avenue of elms and arriving at the architecturally designed winery building. From the viewing window visitors are offered a multimedia experience of our winemaking practices. Strategically positioned, large glass panels allow visitors to view the winery and spectacular underground cellar.
Yarra Valley Dairy - A small family business started by Mary and Leo Mooney in 1995 on their dairy farm. The Cheese Shop is located in the original 100 year old milking shed, right beside the cheese factory. They offer complimentary cheese tastings of five cheeses selected each day, and Farmhouse cheeses are available to buy. Many of these are so fresh and fragile they are available only on the farm.
The property carries 200 top quality cattle. They are milked in a herringbone milking shed twice daily, in early morning and late afternoon, after which they are led to a fresh pasture to feed overnight. The milk is run from the milking shed directly to the cheese factory.
Healesville Sanctuary – Australia’s leading wildlife park, it is nestled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley. Koalas, dingoes, kangaroos and the unique platypus are just a few of the 200 species of Australian wildlife flourishing in the beautiful bushland environment. Although it was raining, we managed to a wide variety of native animals and birds.
The Dingo is Australia’s wild dog. It is found in Australia, in all states but Tasmania. They are not by nature a pack dog, but rather live and hunt alone or in pairs or as a small family group.
The Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) is a barn owl of Southern New Guinea and the non-desert areas of Australia. The population of the Australian Masked Owl on the mainland is declining and several states have placed this owl on the Species Conservation Status list.
This post is one of an 11 part entry of our trip to Victoria, Australia.
See all the places we visited on this trip below:
- Dandenongs – Sherbrooke, Puffing Billy, Sassafras
- Geelong – Wool, Waterfronts, Bollards
- Great Ocean Road – Gibson Steps to Bay of Islands
- Great Ocean Road – Lorne, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lightstation
- Melbourne – Gardens, Aquarium, Gaol
- Melbourne – MCG, Yarra River, Southbank, St Kilda
- Melbourne – QVM, City Sights and Streets
- Mornington Peninsula – Dolphins, Mazes, Vinyards
- Phillip Island – Chocs, Koalas, Penguins, Nobbies
- Phillip Island – Churchill Island
- Yarra Valley – Healesville Sanctuary, Wine, Cheese