Clare Valley, one of the most picturesque wine regions in Australia, is the Kingdom of Riesling. The northernmost region in the Mount Lofty Ranges Zone, it has a tradition of winemaking going back to the 1850s when the first five acres of vines were planted for commercial use in Watervale
The numerous Clare Valley wineries lying around this historic town produce some its iconic dry Riesling as well as well as deeply coloured, concentrated reds from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, rich and powerful but with lower alcohol than their cousins from Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Although Claire wineries produce dry Rieslings considered benchmarks of quality, famous for their crisp acidity and classic Riesling flavours of citrus, lime, blossom, crunchy apple and mineral notes, the reds crafted by the best Clare Valley wineries can compete with some of the best in Australia.
Thanks to the warm summer days and cool evenings in Clare Valley, wineries can profit from high diurnal temperature variation and extended hang time to produce structured wines with crisp acidity and wines from the top wineries in Clare Valley can be cellared for twenty years or more.
Let local experts at Wine Paths help you discover the region, its history and wineries
Clare Valley drew settlers from England, Ireland, Poland and Silesia during the 1840s and its landscape has been shaped by the culture and traditions of these first European settlers. Clare Valley has inherited a rich heritage of architecture and villages which is reflected in the well-preserved, charming villages of the Valley. Vineyards were planted around these first villages and winemaking has continued ever since with Clare now boasting more than 5000 hectares under vine and more than 40 wineries. Clare’s cellar doors are an eclectic selection of stone cottages, modern creations, renovated farm bars or heritage buildings. The majority of Clare wineries are small boutique affairs, so it’s not unusual to be meet the winemaker first hand. The Clare Valley wineries map is small, with cellar doors all within forty kilometres and many just a stone’s throw of each other. Whilst exploring the region you’ll come across quaint villages reflecting their village’s individual heritage, manicured lawns, breath-taking views and winding country roads. Meander through the best wineries in Clare, taking in the natural beauty of this picturesque valley with its pristine farms and manicured rows of vines, a place where wine blends effortlessly with history, food and relaxation.
Discover Clare Valley wineries on the ‘Riesling Trail’
Many of the best wineries Clare Valley can boast can be discovered along the ‘Riesling Trail’. The trail, a converted railway line linking the valley’s villages and one of the premier mixed-use walking and cycling trails in Australia, is the perfect way to experience the region. Cycle through beautiful vineyard and farming country, stopping off at coffee shops and quaint pubs along your way.
Uncover Clare wineries’ pursuit of innovation
Although steeped in tradition, wineries in Clare Valley have also been recognised for their innovation. There’s no cork taint to be found in the Clare Valley Riesling, as in 2000 they promoted a proprietary screw cap for their Riesling bottles and have been championing the closure’s use for all wine styles ever since.
Although representing less than 2% of Australian wine production, Clare Valley wines scoop up more than their fair share of awards both domestically and internationally, and are listed in five-star restaurants and with airlines around the world, so Clare Valley wineries most definitely deserve your attention.
Our local experts at Wine Paths can assist you in compiling your Clare Valley wineries list and discovering the authentic charm of this secluded valley just an hour and a half’s drive from Adelaide.
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