Considered one of Australia’s oldest and most beautiful wine-growing regions, Clare Valley has long been South Australia’s quiet achiever. Lush and secluded, it’s peppered with heritage towns and over 30 cellar doors (read our list of the Best Clare Valley Wineries and Cellar Doors!). It is a place filled with such lovely people and authentic charm it’s hard not to fall in love with it… or its world-beating Riesling!
While the climate is described as hot, the Clare consistently produces styles usually associated with cooler climate regions. Labelled as the home of Australian Riesling, the region boasts a 25km track known as the Clare Valley Riesling Trail, which takes you through vineyards and small historic villages.
CLARE VALLEY WINE REGION MAP
Situated in the mid north of South Australia some 120km from Adelaide, Clare Valley is in fact a series of six valleys and five villages, from Auburn in the south to Clare in the north, within an extension of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Owing to its elevation, diverse soils and geography, it’s ideal for the growing of premium grapes, enjoying consistently good winter rains, and cool nights over the hot summer.
SNAPSHOT OF CLARE VALLEY
Altitude: Low-Med 190-609m Rainfall: 146mm Latitude: 33°89'S Temperature: 23.9°C