Located in the state of Victoria in south-east Australia, Chandon Australia came into being at the end of the 1980s. Born of Moët & Chandon’s desire to explore the world looking for wine-growing terroirs capable of producing exceptional sparkling wines, the estate was set up in the heart of the Yarra Valley, in “Green Point”, where the humidity enables green, luxuriant vegetation to survive, even in the driest months of the year. This region with sandy-clay subsoil was the ideal place to grow the three grape varieties used in Champagne: pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. Its cool climate, due to its proximity to the ocean and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range, provides the estate with the ideal conditions for grapes with a wide variety of aromas and expressions. Fine and elegant, Chandon Australia’s sparkling wines are then made using the “traditional champagne method”. Since the end of the 1990s, the House has also produced still wines – whites, reds and rosés – from the best vineyards in the Victoria region.
Blended using grape varieties from different terroirs – Yarra, King Valley and Strathbogie Ranges – Chandon Vintage Brut 2010 is a sparkling wine that captures these exceptional regions' perfect blend of flavors. The fruit from each site is harvested at the coolest moment of the day to preserve its quality, then ferments separately before blending.
Located 100 meters above sea level, Domaine Chandon Australia offers an unbeatable view of the Yarra Valley and its countless vineyards. The winery houses the cellars, the Greenpoint Brasserie, a wine bar and a boutique, and by blending the modern with the traditional, reflects the House’s values. To construct the building, architects from the Allen Jack + Cottier architectural practice drew inspiration from the architecture of typical French villages in Champagne, but used contemporary Australian materials. For example, a large stone colonnade connects the vineyards to the property. The huge Riddling Hall hall with its vaulted ceiling also houses the estate’s 72,000 bottles: a tribute to the impressive limestone cellars found in the Champagne region. This exceptional place attracts over 200,000 visitors per year.
All Domaine Chandon Australia’s sparkling wines are made using the “traditional champagne method”. After the harvest, the grapes are vinified separately in large vats. Pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay are then blended to create the vintage. This then ferments a second time in bottles. During this phase carbon dioxide forms as the sugar is transformed into alcohol, producing fine, elegant bubbles, characteristics similar to those of champagne. In order to add balance and complexity to its sparkling and still wines, Domaine Chandon Australia draws on a wide range of vineyards with a variety of subsoils and climates. Since 1994, for instance, the estate has used grapes from Strathbogie Ranges, a site at an altitude of 700 meters that produces fruit with intense aromas. In 2014, the Whitlands estate, one of the highest vineyards in Australia at an altitude of 850 meters, also joined the list of Domaine Chandon Australia’s top suppliers.
- 30 hectares that make up the Green Point vineyard
- 200,000 visitors to the estate every year
- 5 stars The score given to Chandon Australia wines by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion for the past 10 years