Sparkle it Your Way

Cosmo Wines

Yarra Valley

Winery Cosmo Wines

Region Yarra Valley

State Victoria

Cosmo Wines is the epitome of small, boutique and independent winemaking. Operating out of a small winery on the edge of the Yarra Valley & Melbourne CBD, Cosmo makes a range of wines, but it is sparkling wine that is the true passion of founder, grape grower, winemaker, and cellar door manager, Lindsay Corby.

Did you know that liqueur is added to most sparkling wine? Or that sparkling wine is stored upside down and the neck frozen to removing yeast cells through a process call disgoring? Learn all that and more while you create your perfect sparkling wine under the personal direction of Lindsay himself.

The Experience

In this unique, two hour experience, Linday shares with you over 20 years of sparkling winemaking knowledge and helps you learn the basics of the traditional sparkling winemaking process.

Did you know that liqueur is added to most sparkling wine? Or that sparkling wine is stored upside down and the neck frozen to removing yeast cells through a process call disgorging?

As part of this experience, you will undertake a liqueur addition trial to determine the level of addition you like in your wine, and go through the disgoring process, including top, seal and labeling your wine ready for consumption.

You also receive comprehensive notes on the winemaking process and 3 bottles of finished wine, exactly to your taste, per person, to take home.

The People

Lindsay Corby

Winemaker

Early forays (while still at High School) into fruit winemaking kindled Lindsay's interest in winemaking, but it was not until 1985 when he encountered his first vineyard did he develop his passion for grapes and grape wine.

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This led to study at Charles Sturt University gaining qualifications in Viticulture and Wine Science. Employment in various roles including cellar door sales, laboratory, and vineyard management, has given Lindsay an understanding of the complete ‘paddock-to-palate’ requirements of wine production.

Since 2001 the main focus has been developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses and teaching the art and science of the vine and wine at La Trobe University. Managing the small campus vineyard, and making and supervising student project wines, allowed Lindsay to keep in touch with the seasons and winemaking trends.

The opportunity to use the winery at Bianchet in the Yarra Valley presented itself just prior to Christmas 2008. Some quick decisions were made and a busy couple of months ensued, winding down his work at La Trobe and gearing up for vintage. With ten vintages under now under his belt, Lindsay now thinks he is starting to get the hang of it!! To quote Lindsay directly, “I look forward to enjoying with you the fruits of my labour…“.

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