If your level of wine knowledge starts and stops with whether or not you like the drink in your glass, that’s perfectly alright. But if you want a deeper understanding of winemaking and the intricate process that turns grapes into vino (and air into bubbles), this is for you.
Yarra Valley winery Chandon has introduced a new hands-on experience called Behind the Bubbles, taking guests behind the scenes of the sparkling winemaking process. It starts with an intimate session with one of Chandon’s experts, who’ll talk you through how the team makes its flagship Vintage Brut blend. Then, it’s the fun part – roll up your sleeves and try to recreate it yourself.
It costs $85 per person to join the experience, but we’ve teamed up with Chandon to give one lucky reader and a friend the chance to experience it for free – along with brunch before the session, an overnight stay in the Yarra Valley and transfers between your accommodation and the winery.
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Chandon’s Sparkling Brunch starts with a Mimosa in the restaurant, overlooking the vines and rolling mountains. On the menu: smoked salmon, prosciutto, potato rosti, coddled egg and croissants, plus fresh fruit and an orange and almond cake to finish. They all pair well with a selection of Chandon’s top sparkling drops, naturally.
The winner will get to stay the night at Yering Gorge Cottages, which has secluded self-contained cabins nestled amongst the wildlife and greenery of the Yarra Valley. Each cottage includes separate living areas, woodfire heaters, fully equipped kitchenettes, large private decks with barbeques and bathrooms with spacious corner baths. The large floor-to-ceiling windows also mean you feel surrounded by nature, even indoors.
The Behind the Brunch experience is only available on Saturdays; your voucher for the Sparkling Brunch and Behind the Bubbles will be valid for one year.
This competition has closed. Terms and conditions apply.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Chandon.