Clare Valley – A Taste of the Country
Just 90 minutes north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is a hidden gem of historic villages and wineries in a picturesque valley famed for its wine and pioneering heritage. Considered the home of Australian Riesling, you’ll find there’s much more on offer as you ride your bike along the Riesling Trail or explore historic mining towns like Burra.
Clare Valley Top 10
1 Wine tasting
The great majority of wineries in the Clare Valley are small-scale boutique producers, some dating back to the 1850s. Cellar doors are generally open between 10am and 5pm on weekends and most weekdays, but its best to check before you visit.Add to wishlist
2 Cycle the Riesling Trail
Cycle the Riesling Trail
Hire a bike and cycle the scenic Riesling Trail that links local towns, passing restaurants, cafes and cellar doors. Cycle it in under three hours or complete it in stages. Three loop trails return you to your starting point, without having to backtrack.Add to wishlist
3 Sevenhill Cellars
Established by the Jesuits in 1851, Sevenhill Cellars is the oldest existing winery in the Clare Valley. Guided tours take place at 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Alternatively pick up a map from the cellar door and explore on your own.Add to wishlist
4 Burra Heritage Passport
Burra Heritage Passport
Discover the historic township of Burra with the Burra Heritage Passport. The passport gives you entry to the Burra Mine including the lookout, police lockup and stables, brewery cellars, miners dugouts and more. Discover the 11km heritage trail and 49 historic sites at your leisure.Add to wishlist
5 The Little Red Grape
The Little Red Grape
You'll find a trilogy of indulgent experiences well worth a look at The Little Red Grape in the township of Sevenhill. There's a delicious bakery, cellar door with wines from around the region, and fantastic gift store full of delightful homeware and jewellery.Add to wishlist
6 Art and craft galleries
Art and craft galleries
Enjoy the finest art and crafts at galleries in Clare, Blyth, Watervale and Armagh. Many also sell local produce, such as olive oils, jams and preserves. Spend a leisurely Saturday or Sunday meandering through markets which are held throughout the region, selling fresh local food, wine and art.Add to wishlist
7 Mount Surmon Wines
Mount Surmon Wines
Mt Surmon Wines is one of several wineries in the region that are also galleries. On top of a hill just north of Clare, Scarlattis Gallery has new exhibitions every five weeks. Enjoy the spectacular. views over wine and delicious platters of local produce.Add to wishlist
8 Clare Golf Club
Clare Golf Club
Set amongst vineyards, woodlands, lakes and creeks, the Clare Golf Club is a great place to enjoy a round of golf with the locals. It provides stunning scenery and the unique chance to observe kangaroos as you wait between shots.Add to wishlist
9 Skillogalee Winery
Skillogalee is a boutique winery and restaurant with a reputation for exceptional wine and food. You can enjoy their handcrafted wines, on the veranda when the weather is good or by log fires when its not. Beautiful gardens surround the restaurant and cellar door.Add to wishlist
10 Annie's Lane Cellar Door
Annie's Lane Cellar Door
Annies Lane produces one of Australias finest ranges of wine, which theyve won hundreds of awards for. The cellar door, museum and art gallery are open daily, and the winerys grounds are ideal for a picnic.Add to wishlist
Fleeing religious persecution, Jesuit priests planted the first vines in Clare Valley in 1851 and sacramental wine is still produced at Seven Hill Cellars. Discover the fascinating history of the region exploring heritage towns and trails, boutique wineries, museums and galleries.
Food and Wine
The Clare Valley offers a taste of authentic country life at the foot of the Flinders Ranges and Outback. It’s well known as a picturesque wine region, with more than 40 cellar doors serving sensational Rieslings.
The valley is also home to an emerging gourmet food scene, and you can taste the best locally grown produce served up in beautiful historic buildings.
Walking & Cycling Trails
There’s a lot to admire about the Clare Valley from your car but it’s no comparison to seeing it on foot. Walk through conservation parks to see historic homes, waterfalls and beautiful blue gum trees that complement the region’s vineyards. Several walking and multi-use trails link Clare Valley towns, including the Heysen Trail and Mawson Trail. Lose yourself in the hedge maze at Mintaro. Consisting of over 800 conifers and featuring fountains and twists and turns to trick even the most committed explorer, the Mintaro Maze is a truly water-wise garden, having not been watered since 2000.
hirea bike and cycle the scenic Riesling Trail that links local towns, passing restaurants, cafes and cellar doors. Cycle it in under three hours or complete it in stages. Three loop trails return you to your starting point, without having to backtrack.
There’s no shortage of accommodation options in the Clare Valley, from charming hosted or self-contained bed and breakfast cottages, to hotels, motels and luxury country estates. Farm stays, caravan parks and camping grounds are also available.
The Clare Valley boasts attractions and events for all interests. At the annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend local wineries open their doors to the public and offer tastings of their wines accompanied by gourmet food and entertainment. Music lovers will enjoy the annual A Day On The Green concert, and the Clare Valley Easter Races is a fun day out for the whole family.
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