Nov 21, 2011

Saturday Morning Sparkling. Domaine Chandon, Coldstream, Victoria.

After a week back in the trenches of Sydney traffic, I realize just how much I loved driving in the country.

There were no traffic (or traffic lights) and a very generous speed limit of at least 80km/hr.  The roads unfurled in front of me as far as the eye could see and they didn't have a single pot hole in them.


When I did have to stop driving, it was usually to do a right turn to a fun place like a winery or the house of Chandon.  For readers from overseas, Domaine Chandon is a property owned by Moet and Chandon.  The sparkling wines made here are true to the heritage of the French company.  Domaine Chandon incorporates beautiful gardens, a restaurant, a cellar door and the Greenpoint bar.  Organized tours are also available.


After my right turn, it was more cruisy driving down tree lined avenues.  I didn't even have to stop for a parking coupon!!!!!

Isn't it beautiful?  The Great Dividing Range forms a dramatic back drop for the acres of vineyards that spread out in front of you as you walk to the main building.
It was lucky I was standing here BEFORE we hit the bar otherwise I would have burst into 'The Hills Are Alive...' in my infamously bad singing voice....
Mr SSG and I arrived at around 11am on a Saturday.  I think we just missed the first thing in the morning crowd as well as the lunch time rush.


The aesthetic at Domaine Chandon is all airy, modern and sleek. 


It's a sharp contrast to the ornate and decadent plushness of the mothership Moet & Chandon house in Epernay.


The marketing was equally slick with house merchandise including a baby barbecue and this roomy wine tote.


It will come as no surprise to anyone that I wasted no time in making myself at home and pointing myself in the direction of the bar.



Whilst the adjoining cellar door offers free tastings, the bar area combines a menu of light snacks and the opportunity to sample either a range of sparkling wines exclusive to Domaine Chandon or else a whole bottle to share.



I decided to go try a range of sparkling wines for morning tea.


The tasting cost $28 for 4 generous pours.  The wines I sampled were the 2008 Classic Vintage Brut, a 2005 Yarra Valley Brut, a 2007 Tasmanian Cuvee and the 2002 Prestige Cuvee.  My favourite was the Yarra Valley Brut.  I am kicking myself I didn't bring a bottle home with me.

Nifty combined ice bucket and flute holders.  I would have bought one if they were available for sale.

The outdoor area was a popular place for a bit of sunny Saturday morning sparkling.


The bar area featured a high arched ceiling and this was the view from the inside looking out.  The rose bushes bordering the vineyards are such a romantic touch.

The gardens are a popular place for events and a marquee was being set up as we left.



I now leave the sun of these photos for the rains and cloudy skies of Sydney today.  So much for the burst of summer we had last week.  This weather has a mind of its own.  I think I'll be back in my woolen sweaters tomorrow.

4 comments:

  1. Looks amazing, both the scenary and the vineyard and its surrounds (oh and the traffic rules or lack thereof).
    Have you been to Epernay? I absolutely loved it when I visited in 2009. x

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  2. Very jealous!! What a perfect way to spend a day after a relaxing drive in the country. Cheers!

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  3. I love the Domaine Chandon winery, just gorgeous. It was there that I fell in love with the super dry ZD (I love that it comes with a bottle cap not a cork) and my Dad discovered the sparkling shiraz. I have such wonderful memories from my visit there.

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  4. what perfection! This is now on my 'must do' list for our next Australia trip.

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