There's a poetic story behind the name Thousand Candles, it comes from a 19th-century account by a European settler, who witnessed an ancient indigenous ceremony that granted free passage into the lands around the property to various tribes. Describing the tribesman dramatically holding aloft their firesticks, he remarked that it was as if the ‘twilight of the evening had been interrupted by a thousand candles...’. It's a beautiful property that stretches over 450 hectares in the heart of the Yarra Valley, incorporating vineyards, pastureland, and native bush.
The estate is overseen by Stuart Proud, a viticulturist by training, who takes a holistic approach. Farming is biological and the focus is placed on soil health and biodiversity in the vineyards. The wines are made with minimal intervention; the goal is always to allow the vineyard to shine through. ‘The way we see it,’ Stuart says, ‘we have this amazing vineyard, we’re managing it honestly, and all we’re trying to do with it is nurse it into the bottle.'