A 1986-established winery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is currently refurbishing its hospitality centre.
Designed by interior design practice, Foolscap Studio, the new designs for Domaine Chandon pay homage to the brand’s French heritage while emphasising its Yarra Valley context.
“Foolscap Studio’s brief [was] to overhaul the site and create a new brand immersion across [Domain Chandon’s] bars, dining, tasting and retail experiences,” reads a design statement.
Estate director of Domaine Chandon Australia, Shaine De Venny, explains that the architect-designed overhaul is intended to fill a gap in the market.
“There are many cellar doors or lunch venues in the Yarra Valley, but very few options where you can sit down with friends and relax with a glass of wine in a lounge atmosphere,” he says.
“We wanted to fill this gap by creating a relaxed space in the heart of the hospitality centre for visitors to enjoy a drink with an unparalleled view.”
The new renovations incorporate “luxurious banquette seating” and a “playful kinetic mobile centrepiece”. Material choices – such as Australian-sourced spotted gum timber and Chillagoe Dreamtime marble – were inspired by the surrounding natural landscape and colours of the Chandon wines.
“The hospitality centre offers sweeping views of the estate and vineyards, so it was important to draw on the colours in the landscape to unify the inside and outside elements,” says Adele Winteridge, architect at Foolscap.
Other selected materials include timber floors, leather, velvet, timber veneer and fibreglass.
“We also utilised a mixture of different metals in various textures, like solid, mesh and perforated, referencing the alchemy involved in creating a bottle of sparkling,” says Winteridge.
The refurbishments at Domaine Chandon are set to be complete by the end of the year.