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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.
What's Happening at Clair de Lune
News from the Vineyard....
The 2013 grape harvest is over!
The general verdict was that this was a good growing season relative to previous years.
Nets are being bagged and stored away for next year. Preparations for pruning (the next major vineyard task) are underway. The compressor needs to be serviced, shears need to be sharpened and much housekeeping is still to be done.
News from the Winery....
2012 Mr Quincey - Quince Fortified
Now available to buy! Please check the Tasting Notes for more information on this popular drop.
2013 Vintage Report
A host of new wines, has gone into the Cellar and their fermentation and maturation are being monitored for the joy of my ardent customers! Keep a watch on the Tasting Notes page for new items as they become available.
A few wines - 2010 Pinot Noir, 2011 Blue Moon Oaked Chardonnay, 2010 Shiraz and 2011 Two Vineyards Rose - are now in short supply and it is advisable to order quickly if you want to stock up before they are gone forever.
Closed on Thursdays
Clair de Lune Vineyard advises that we are now closed for business on Thursdays.
In the Region...
South Gippsland Markets
South Gippsland has a wealth of markets to visit. As well as Farmers Markets, there are Art and Craft-themed markets, and those with a mixture of all kinds of stalls. Many of them operate year 'round and some are undercover in the winter months.
You never know what you'll find!
Loch Food and Wine Festival
Loch's 4th annual festival of local food and wine producers of South Gippsland is on again on the Queen's Birthday weekend and now in the week leading up to that holiday (1st to 10th June 2013). More information on the programs and dates is available on the Festival website.
Clair de Lune Vineyard will be there with tastings of some new releases, including Mr Quincey. Look forward to seeing you there.
Creative Gippsland Festival 2013
The program for this annual festival of artistic talent in the Gippsland region lists events throughout May. You still have time to catch some wonderful things, including the Great Gippsland Gatescape competition which is an online event to be judged on 6th June 2013. Check out the gallery of fabulously decorative gates!
Koonwarra Farmers' Market: 8am - 1pm every first Saturday of the month
Coal Creek Farmers' Market: 8am - 1pm every second Saturday of the month
Loch Food and Wine Festival: Sunday 9th June 2013 Clair de Lune will be there in the main street, Masonic Hall.
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.
Clair de Lune Vineyard
Phone: 03 5655 1032