Thousand Candles is a farm in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, the southern most state of Australia. The farm was purchased for the purpose of producing a remarkable wine. The brief accepted by William Downie, our winemaker, is to produce a wine that will change the conversation about Australian wine. It is our belief that how we farm will define our success, much more so than any processing aids or method.

Thousand Candles essence is good farming. Although we have space to do more (we are working on a beef project, and may well find other things to do as well) the purchase of the property was made in order to produce a remarkable wine. It is our contention that farming for biological mass and complexity is an elemental factor for quality.

We see farming as respect for place and caring for soil. This is the same wether rearing beef of growing grape vines.

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Cooking on the farm

Cooking on the Farm – Brawn Brawn is frequently on the menu at thousand candles farm. Made traditionally (but not exclusively) from an ungracious cross section of a pigs head. Age old traditions and skills required once hidden are being re-discovered to turn unpopular and frequently discarded cuts of a beast into something spectacular. I Read more >

A place called Thousand Candles

Thousand Candles Farm is a meeting place of mountains, rolling hills, bush, pasture, flood plain, creeks and river. It is a place of abundance, pre-dating European settlement with eel, roo, cray and waterfowl staples of the local food bowl. The property has a 150 year history combining horticultural and pastoral farming. There is a hill Read more >