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"Clair de Lune" when translated from its original French means "Light of the Moon".
The late French composer Claude Debussy created a magnificent piano piece, Clair de Lune. It has a beautiful, timeless and enduring quality and consequently was the source of inspiration for naming our vineyard and wines.
Clair de Lune's goal is to create wines of great finesse and elegance that will be enjoyed and celebrated by the wine and food fraternity thereby promoting our future.
Clair de Lune Vineyard and Winery is located not far from the ocean but far enough inland to experience a continental climate ideal for grape-growing.
What's Happening at Clair de Lune
News from the Vineyard....
The 2015 grape harvest was completed successfully in April/May.
The amount of rain we had this vintage was unseasonal and created a lot of extra work in the vineyard, in terms of slashing, mowing and spraying for mildews.
The cropping was excellent and some lovely wines are in the barrels, maturing nicely.
Pruning of the vines has commenced and is virtually fifty percent complete. I'm very happy with the current progress.
News from the Winery....
Clair de Lune's new sparkling wine, a Shiraz/Merlot, will be part-disgorged and bottled (maybe four dozen bottles) to check its progress. The remaining stock will be disgorged and bottled this coming spring.
Closed on Thursdays
Clair de Lune Vineyard advises that we are now closed for business on Thursdays.
As is the case for other wineries, Clair de Lune Cellar Door now has a tasting fee. It is $5.00 per person and is totally refundable on any bottle purchase. There is no fee at Farmers' Markets and festivals.
Duo with Dinner
Prior to becoming a Winemaker, I was actively involved as a member of the Bundaburra Wine and Food Club in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. They intend to celebrate their 50th anniversary in July with a wine and food dinner. They have decided to include my Duo (Sauvignon/Chardonnay blend) in the menu. I am looking forward to attending and seeing how they pair my Duo with their menu.
In the Region...
Coal Creek Farmers' Markets
Held on the second Saturday of every month, Clair de Lune's stall is open for tastings and purchases of the full range of our products.
The winery is closed until 1:30pm on those Market days.
2015 Inverloch Jazz Festival Picnic Day
I attended the Festival Picnic Day and the wines tasted were well-received and appreciated.
We all had a great time and look forward to attending the next Festival.
Hope to catch you there!
Coal Creek Farmers' Market: 8am - 1pm every second Saturday of the month
Inverloch Jazz Festival Picnic Day: 2016 event details to be announced.
The Cellar Door is generally open for your convenience every day from 11:30am to 5:30pm (except Thursdays, Christmas Day, Good Friday and times when I am attending markets, as per the calendar on the home page).
If you are just passing by and the gate is open during the usual opening hours, then the winery is open. Please enter!
However if you know you want to visit, please ring to make a time so you can guarantee a tasting.