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Published July 18th 2019
Go back to school and learn history and love of champagne
Surrounded by lovely vines through the valley - All photos by Tricia Ziemer
Do you love champagne and learning about how it is made? I certainly do. As the Sound of Music says, these are few of my favourite things. One is history, and the other is tasting stunning champagne that has been handcrafted by master winemakers. If any of this tickles your fancy, just as champagne bubbles tickle your nose, well, then you must make a day of it, and attend the best school ever - the Domaine Chandon's Sunday School.
Domaine Chandon is a sister of Moet Chandon in France, and the vines came from there and started this winery. You are going to love absorbing all this history just as your taste buds absorb the unique sparkling sensations.
First, get a friend to drive, or better yet, organise a group and a chaffer or bus. First of all, you are not want to concentrate on driving as you will want to look at the stunning views while travelling out to the Yarra Valley in Victoria.
Wine Tastings all the time, but Sunday School is so much more
This area is one of the major wine-producing areas in Victoria, so you will find top of the line wineries in idyllic locations and architecturally delightful buildings. You may want to plan a few winery stops along the way, as the climate is perfect and the wine makers some of the best in the world.
Sunday School starts at about 10:30, but get there a wee bit early to enjoy the scenery. Over the next three hours, the wine makers will share the 250 years of their wine history. They will teach you how to taste the exquisite and diverse flavours in their sparkling wines. You will be in a small intimate group of 12, so you can really get to know your the wine makers and each other. The last time we were there, the local cheese maker was there as well, and the cheeses were divine as well. All created from Yarra Valley milk. This was my kind of school and a taste sensation from beginning to end.
Fresh local cheeses made by the local cheese maker from local Yarra Valley cows
The first time I went to Domaine Chandon with my husband, it was just a vineyard with a front of house tasting facility and not much else. Now there is two different eating areas, a stunning tasting area, and a lovely bright bottle shop for you to explore and pick out your favourites.
Two large dining areas to choose from plus patio outdoors
The place is so popular now and it is lovely to go for a tasting, but the staff are so busy, you can't really learn deeper details behind the wines. And you don't get to meet the wine makers themselves. They are off creating new wine.
The Sunday School tasting includes an extensive range of wines to sample, taste, and canapés that the chefs have prepared to compliment each to perfection. You will be in heaven for 3 hours. Thus the need for a driver.
The Sunday School is $125 per person, but worth every penny.
I would love to go back and fill the whole group with friends as a birthday present or a wedding anniversary celebration. Then stay for lunch. Then enjoy a lovely walk around to soak in the fresh air, sunshine and views views views.
Join the wine club and Domain Chandon is delivered to your door
Now I am going to let you on a wee little secret, that not everyone knows. If you become a member of the Etoile Domaine Chandon Wine Club, you get tickets to Sunday School for FREE. This is the best type of school ever. That is like the first year of wine cost for free. Think about it. Made sense to me. So I signed up. Oh dear, I have to go back to Sunday School.