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 sampling of wines and local produce from close-by restaurants. Of particular interest in the region are Sevenhill Cellars (the oldest winery in the Valley, founded by Jesuit priests in 1851), and Knappstein (left), which has recently taken on production of a local premium beer – a process you can peek in on.
A don’t forget the local sheep station and guesthouse with beautiful heritage-listed buildings that once held the District Council Chambers. Clare is straight from the past, with restored shops and three great pubs that, in great Australian tradition, are all within walking distance of each other.
Where? // 136km (2hrs) north of Adelaide.
Did you know? // Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, a celebration of world-renowned wines and food, happens every May and was the first festival of its kind in Australia.
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