Kungadgee, Victoria. A weekend in late November, 2014.
At Hugh and Christine Cleary’s vineyard, Whipbird, generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide across Australia to celebrate the 160-year anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months – a chance to bring the extended clan together and to showcase Whipbird, his latest acquisition. Some of these family members know each other; some don’t.
As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.
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