The Yarra valley-another famous wine region of Australia-best known for the house of Chandon (domain Chandon) the sister company of Moet Chandon-the Dutch/ French company that does posh sparkling wine!
We had a tour around the winery-looking at the season itslef, when they pick the grapes, where they harvest them from, and how long it takes to make a vintage wine. The vintage wines (vintage meaning the grapes used from that year) take around 3 months from beginning to end. During that the grape juice goes in with the yeast, then it settles for a while. It is then riddled, meaning the bottles are quarter turned every day to get the residue yeast down to the next of the bottle. After this it is opened under pressure to get the remaining yeast out-and then put back in storage until it can be sold....a long and laborious process!
We got to taste quite a few (red and white which was interesting) in the tasting room before heading off for the Barossa Valley, nearer to melbourne.