Potato and leek tart with Yarra Valley Persian Feta, roasted tomatoes and roquette.
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.
Tempura Zucchini flowers filled with goats cheese and lemon
Pumpkin salad with pancetta and roquette My friend was really surprised to see such a large piece of butternut pumpkin
The view from where I sat. I couldn’t decide which wine to drink with my meal because there are so many beautiful choices. I decided to try the Blanc de blanc selection and wasn’t disappointed.
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.
After we walked through the market and made our purchases I walked up to the gallery part of the Station. They often change their sculptures and I’d noticed a different one from the barn where the market is held. We wandered up their to have a look.
This well-known market is held on the third Sunday of every month in the Yarra Valley. I haven’t been there for just over a year and had well and truly used up everything I’d bought there. I was able to stock up on my jams and sauces. A lot of stalls had changed and unfortunately some of the ones I loved last time were no longer there but there were some great new stalls. You can buy all types of fresh produce; filled pastas, fruit, vegies, meats, cheese as well as the normal cafe-style cakes and biscuits.
I was able to find some Boysenberry Jam. It’s very hard to find it in any shops and markets so I was really pleased to come across it at one of the stalls. I find it hard to by things like that in the supermarket these days. I tend to buy them from markets because they have so much taste.
The gallery is an open-air gallery with a few exhibits indoors.
Looking from the gallery to the barn where they hold a Farmer’s Market one Sunday each month. In my opinion the market is one of the highlights of visiting the Yarra Valley. I can’t wait to go back. I’m hoping to go quite soon.
Domaine Chandon is my favourite winery in the Yarra Valley. I first went there a few years ago on a beautiful summer day. Summer is the perfect time for visiting a winery. Most of them have an outdoor area where you can sit and enjoy the weather, the food and, of course, the wine.
The winery is part of the international operations of Moet & Chandon who began producing wine outside France in the 1960’s. This winery was established in 1986 on the site of an old dairy farm called ‘Green point’. They have named their bar and brasserie after the old farm.
After the walk around the Heide Museum gardens (we didn’t go into the museum itself) we drove around 40 minutes to the Yarra Valley to the Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. It has only opened fairly recently, in summer I think). A lot of people are raving about how good it is so we decided to check it out for ourselves.
We were surprised how big the place is. It has opened on a very large scale. It’s one very large, open room that serves as both the shop with hundreds of chocolate products and the cafe that serves both savoury and sweet foods.
We ordered a Triple Choc Mousse and White Chocolate and Raspberry Flan. We normally choose one item each and share it but neither of us could finish our share. It was fun to try them though. There was nothing wrong with the taste, they were just too filling.
We both chose the Real Hot Chocolate from the drinks menu. They came served in these large glasses with the smaller cup of melted hot chocolate and a whisk so you can mix a much or as little chocolate as you want. It’s a very cute idea. Again I was unable to finish it though. It was just too big a glass and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to digest it even though it was skinny milk, no matter how yummy it was.
These handbags are such a good idea. I wouldn’t buy one at $59.95 but they are great to look at. I took these photos through the window to the chocolate-making room. It was great to be able to watch the craftsmen and women at work.
They have a 5ft long counter full of different varieties of bite-size chocolates. There were so many flavours to choose from. I chose these three: Baileys, Orange and I can’t remember what flavour the third one was but they were all delicious.