For our annual Christmas lunch, my friend and I went back to Domaine Chandon. We were going to have lunch at another winery then dessert at Chandon but they had a set menu so we decided to have both courses at Chandon.
Melbourne’s weather in the lead up to Summer has been very average to say the least. We were really surprised to have a beautiful, warm day. It was perfect for sitting out in the sun, enjoying the excellent food and wine. We were there for two hours and were never made to feel uncomfortable for being there that long.
Afterwards we decided to take a walk around the property. The original homestead is still standing and is used as the Administration wing of the company. We were a little too late for the guided tour so couldn’t go inside but there is a self-guided tour allowing us to view something of the wine-making.
An impromptu lunch was called for on the last day of Winter. Although the calendar hadn’t flicked over to Spring yet, Mother Nature had decided it was Spring. She put on a gorgeous day. My friend and I decided to go out for lunch and chose this winery because it was one of the ones on our ‘to do’ list.
The winery is in Warragul which is 105kms from Melbourne but only about 35kms from where my friend lives. It’s a lush, green area of rolling pastures filled with olive groves and vines waiting to be filled with grapes.
We were really pleased with what we chose from the menu. The scallops I had for entrée were perfectly cooked. The Deconstructed lemon tart was very tasty. I love lemon tarts but they can be a bit heavy. Being able to mix each element myself on the plate was great. It kept the dessert very light.
And of course being at a winery we had to choose one of their wines. We both chose the Wild Dog 2011 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc. It’s a very light, refreshing sparkling wine in the traditional methode champenoise style.
The restaurant is featured in the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide having been given a rating of 14/20.
This dessert is called Candyland. It is made up of a variety of sweet treats such as bubblegum ice cream and other pieces of deliciousness. It’s their brand new dessert; it has only been on the menu for a few weeks.
My friend’s entrée. Roasted Root Vegetable Salad – sweet potato, dutch creams, baby carrot, parsnips, swede, fried garlic, onion, truffle salt, avocado oil, rosemary.
My entrée – Hervey Bay scallops, cauliflower puree, fennel, dill & cucumber, Yarra Valley salmon roe
Domaine Chandon would have to be my favourite winery in the Yarra Valley. I hate driving past without being able to stop off for a drink. The view is amazing and I find it so relaxing. I could sit and watch the nearby mountains all day. I always sit outside because the air conditioner is too cold. The Maitre’ d even recognises my friend and I now because we’ve been coming here for 3 years and I often come at other times as well.
The view I could sit and watch all day, everyday. One of the most beautiful places on earth (that I’ve seen).
The Greenpoint restaurant.
The grounds of Yering Station are simply gorgeous. Filled with beautiful gardens, buildings and art, it’s a place I love to visit. The grapevines are not here; they are scattered around other parts of the Yarra Valley. On the third Sunday of each month they hold a Farmer’s Market which is extremely popular.
It’s not everyday you see helicopter-only parking.
The old homestead contains the formal Eleonors restaurant, the informal Sweetwater Cafe (where I’ve eaten) before and luxury accommodation.
The grounds are perfect for weddings.
There is a pool and tennis court for guests.
Every year at Christmas time, my friend Mel and I drive the short drive to the Yarra Valley for a Christmas celebration lunch. It’s only about half an hour from my house so I’m very lucky to live so close, given that it’s one of the best wine regions in Australia. This was our third time in what has become an anuual event.
This year we decided to do a bit of winery hopping. Lunch was at the Wine Bar Restaurant at Yering Station. We enjoyed magnificent views of the valley while eating. I wasn’t well but somehow the view and the food made me feel a little better.
The view from our table. The wine is Yarrabank Late Disgorged Cuvee Brut Sparkling which was a lovely, light sparkling wine.
We shared an entree of Wagyu beef tartare, smoked beetroot and pickled onion. It was quite filling so we both agreed that it was good that we shared it.
Mel’s main meal of Hapuka, tempura zucchini flower and squid ink.
My main meal of Roasted pepper and herb tortellini with pecorino, sliced almonds and parsley oil.
Overall it was a beautiful meal but not cheap. However it is featured in The Age Good Food Guide as one of the best restaurants in the Yarra Valley so you can’t expect a cheap meal. We have now eaten at a few restaurants from the guide and look forward to eating at more.