CLARE VALLEY – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
The Clare Valley is located about an hour and a half north of Adelaide in South Australia. The distinctive towns offer character and charm to a magnificient Australian wine region.
This well-known winemaking district prides itself on its many cellar doors, where the guest is often greeted by the winemakers themselves.
The Clare Valley is best known for its Riesling, however the Valley also produces Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon varieties.
Where to stay
The wide variety of accommodation options available in the region include; country guest houses, B&B’s, motels, cottages and retreats.
With many other options available, the Visitor Information Centre’s are always happy to help you choose.
What to do
Apart from the obvious, visiting unique cellar doors and strolling through quiet vineyards, there are plenty of activity options in the Clare Valley.
There are many Heritage buildings with long, fascinating histories within the walls. Sevenhill Cellars, the regions oldest winery, boasts a very interesting history. The winery was established by Jesuits in 1851 to produce Sacramental wine. Not only does this tradition continue, Sevenhill also produces fine quality table wines.
There are also many walking and cycling trails to keep you busy. Bikes are available to hire for the whole family. Many trails have signs to point you in the right direction, and let you know when something of interest is coming up. The Riesling Trail is the pick of the lot, taking about three hours in full swing, but its recommended you take it slow and enjoy what the trail has to offer!
For family fun, why not try the Mintaro Maze. The traditional hedge maze will keep the kids busy for hours!
In Burra, the Monster Mine, which operated during the mid-19th Century, is now an open air museum of mining history.
For a rainy day, the Blyth Cinema offers feel-good films to keep the family entertained.
When to travel
Summer in Clare Valley holds beautifully warm days with cooler breezes coming in from the ocean in the afternoons.
Winter and Spring are when the region gets most of its rainfall.
Wine, cheese, food and music – the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, hosted in May, invites leading chefs from around the region to cook up a storm over two days. The Valley’s vineyards serve their best wines to taste and live music sets the scene at many venues.
In August, the Clare Valley hosts the South Australian Living Arts Festival. This community based, visual arts festival celebrates diversity, and prizes are awarded in many categories.
Community markets are held across the region on weekends, offering everything from arts and crafts to wines and local produce.
Coaches from Adelaide and other regional places arrive in the Clare Valley daily.
Hiring a car is another option, especially if you want to sightsee in your own time.
Guided tours of the region are offered, ranging from half day to a week, in a 4WD, minivan or luxury car.
Another popular option to get around the area is cycling or by foot. The many trails allow for easy access to most towns within the region.
Score: 8.35 Yet another South Australian wine region takes its rightful place in the line up. With its heritage towns, food trails, boutique wineries, lovely little museums and galleries and all that beautiful scenery, who are we to argue? Highlight tip: hire a bike and cycle the Riesling Trail for a day. It’s as delightful as it sounds. More info: clarevalley.com.au Plan your Great Australian Holiday with our sponsors Discovery Holiday Parks Back to the 100 Holidays Subscribe...
Clare, 130 km north of Adelaide, is probably our most distinctively Australian-looking wine region. Written by Nick Ryan. It’s a strikingly Australian landscape, rugged hills, towering eucalypts, grazing sheep, and was one of our earliest wine growing areas with the first vines planted around 1850. Among the earliest winemakers in the Valley were Jesuit priests and brothers who fled religious persecution in Silesia, now part of Poland, and established the St. Aloysius church at Sevenhill. Wine continues to be made here under Jesuit supervision today. It’s well worth a visit just for the fact that it’s likely to be the...
In the heart of South Australia’s Clare Valley wine region, rolling hills, twisted green vines, dusty ground and all, the pretty town of Clare looks as though it was plucked straight from the Tuscan countryside. Famous mainly for Riesling and Shiraz, Clare is the first stop for wine lovers wanting a taste of these popular drops. The Riesling Trail begins here; a winding 25km road from Clare to Auburn that’s one of Australia’s most rewarding walking and cycling tracks. Originally part of the Clare railway, the trail ambles past stunning vistas, 19th Century cottages, vineyards and farmyards for the leisurely...
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