Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. It is best known for its Riesling wine, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling. Its Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. The Clare Valley has more than 40 wineries, most of which are small and located along a 40 kilometre corridor between the towns of Auburn and Clare. Walk or cycle the Riesling Trail which connects many of the region's major attractions and cellar doors, or travel in style and explore the region by limousine. Clare Valley
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The Clare Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. It is best known for its Riesling wine, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling. Its Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. The Clare Valley has more than 40 wineries, most of which are small and located along a 40 kilometre corridor between the towns of Auburn and Clare. Walk or cycle the Riesling Trail which connects many of the region's major attractions and cellar doors, or travel in style and explore the region by limousine.

The Clare Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. It is best known for its Riesling wines, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling. Settlers from England, Ireland and Poland first moved into the region during the 1840s and left a rich heritage of villages and architecture which remain largely intact. Many of these buildings are now used as guest houses, premium restaurants and art galleries in the area.

Clare Valley, SA. © SATC & Mike Annese

Clare Valley, SA

The Clare Valley’s Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of high quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes.

The region has more than 40 wineries, most of which are small and located along a 40 kilometre corridor between the towns of Auburn and Clare. The Clare Valley Riesling Trail runs for 36 kilometres between Auburn and Clare and passes through all the major towns of the Clare Valley including Leasingham, Watervale, Penwortham, and Sevenhill. The trail can be cycled in under three hours and connects many of the region's major attractions, cellar doors and gourmet food producers. Several cellar doors offer home-grown seasonal produce, restaurant dining and tapas-style feasts. The Riesling Trail is part of one of Australia’s premier long-distance cycling trails, the 800 kilometre-long Mawson Trail which traverses the Mount Lofty and Flinders Ranges.

Clare Valley, SA. ©  SATC & Mike Annese

Clare Valley, SA

Visit the Jesuit Monastery and Winery at Sevenhill, where the regions first grape vines were planted in 1851. The Clareville Museum and Old Police Station Museum provide further insight into the region’s history.

A number of local operators offer guided bus tours or can tailor private tours of the Clare Valley. You can also travel in style in a vintage car or limousine.

Between the Clare and Barossa Valleys, you will find Kapunda, a small country town with a rich and interesting history. The Kapunda Heritage Trail meanders through the town, where you can see some of the town's historic places, buildings and stories of the early pioneers. The gorges of Red Banks Conservation Park near Burra are steeped in Aboriginal history and home to abundant wildlife.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, Clare Valley, SA

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend,
Clare Valley, SA

Throughout the year, the Clare Valley stages many events, from classic country shows to gourmet food and wine festivals. At the annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend in May you can be the first to sample the year's vintage before the winemaking process is complete, a rare privilege usually reserved for the wine-maker.

The Clare Valley is approximately 120 kilometres north of Adelaide.

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