What’s not to love about a warm, summer day with a cooling afternoon breeze? The riesling grapes of the Clare Valley Wine Region seem agreeable to the arrangement (and the cabernet and shiraz grapes appear similarly impressed).
As you would expect from one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Clare Valley Wine Region doesn’t need to try too hard – with its laid-back rural pace, heritage buildings and cellar door charm – you will be welcome and comfortable when you visit.
Two hours from Adelaide, set in the Mt Lofty ranges, Clare Valley stretches long enough to fit five separate and uniquely diverse sub-regions: Auburn, Watervale, Sevenhill, Polish Hill River and Clare.
In the Clare Valley, row upon row of elegant vines sit beside untamed Australian bush and pristine farmland. With five separate and uniquely diverse sub-regions, the Clare Valley is an expanse of sweeping gullies and rolling hills.
The region is one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing areas, with a winemaking history dating back 150 years. The first vineyards were planted in the 1830s by European settlers, who built stone hewn structures and cottages alongside the vines. Today, there are more than 5,000 hectares under vine, and over 40 cellar door outlets.
Each season, the landscape of the region changes in colour and vista. From the golden red in autumn, the lush greenery in spring, and the morning mist in winter, the vineyards of the Clare Valley are a picturesque site.
Grapegrowers claim the unique combination of geography, geology and climate, results in terroir that is perfect for producing world-class wine. Warm days, coupled with cool nights during the growing season provide favourable conditions for most wine varieties grown in the region.