Wine {Domaine} FAQ, Geelong

Wine {Domaine} is proud to be the premier wine cellar and whisky store Geelong relies on for the highest-quality local and international labels.

Owner Dale Cooper has almost 30 years’ experience in the wine-making industry, including time spent under the tutelage of the grand champagne houses and Hennessy Academy in France. He’s happy to share his unparalleled knowledge to answer your most common FAQ.

Where is Wine {Domaine}?

Our boutique wine store in Geelong is located conveniently close to the city, at 66 Garden Street. When you step inside, prepare to be transported back to the glory days of silver screen glamour and old-world charm. We’ve created a sumptuous setting full of antiques, bespoke pieces of furniture and fine wine accoutrements.

We also hold a number of wine tasting masterclasses in Geelong. These are fast to sell-out, so please reserve your spot quickly if you’re interested in attending.

What’s the difference between whisky and whiskey?

Apart from the spelling, very little. Generally, it’s agreed that Ireland and the US are proponents of ‘whiskey’, while the remainder of the whisky-producing countries use the more common ‘whisky’.

Whisky represents liquor produced in Scotland and according to the Scottish method.

Whiskey tends to have looser regulations, as per American (bourbon), Canadian (rye whiskey), Irish (Irish whiskey) or other methods of production.

Whether you’re after whisky or whiskey, at Wine {Domaine} we have the range and expertise to help.

What’s the difference between whisky and Scotch whisky?

As one of the oldest and most revered liquors, whisky has developed to feature many regional variations over the years. The defining factor of all whiskies is the fermented grain mash as its base, which is then typically aged in wooden casks.

Scotch (or Scotch whisky) is a variation of whisky. There are strict rules and regulations regarding its appellation – the most obvious being it must be produced in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be produced using malted barley, aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks.

Are champagne and sparkling wine the same thing?

Champagne has long been considered one of the finest, if not the finest of the rare wines, attaching an old-world glamour and instant class to any event.

Similar to the whisky and scotch debate – champagne is sparkling wine made exclusively in the Champagne region of France. There are very strict laws around the production and distribution of champagne, including very particular grape composition and fermentation techniques.

There are a wide variety of similar wines made across the world. Commonly called sparkling wines, and produced using similar grapes and techniques, these include asti, lambrusco and prosecco in Italy, cava in Spain and sparkling shiraz in Australia.

What liquors do you sell?

At Wine {Domaine} we specialise in acquiring and selling fine wines and rare spirits.

Our wine selection includes:

We also stock our wine cellars with a variety of exclusive spirits, sourced locally and globally, including:

Can I buy online?

Yes. We have a wide range of wines, cognacs, armagnacs and whiskies available through our online wine store.

If you have further questions, please feel free to visit our store for a chat with Dale, or contact us.