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Clare Valley Wine Region

In the Clare Valley you’ll find a rich tradition of family winemaking that stretches back to the mid 1800s. Handpicking is still common and small yields are carefully nurtured to harvest.

It all began in 1848 when a small band of Jesuits, fleeing religious persecution in Austria, migrated to the free colony of South Australia and established Sevenhill Cellarsnear the town of the same name. The grapes were originally used to produce sacramental wine, and a quarter of production is still used for this purpose across Australia and export overseas.

The State Heritage-listed Sevenhill complex comprises the St Aloysius Catholic Church, St Aloysius College, Sevenhill Cellars and Sevenhill Cemetery – but the resident Jesuit Brothers don’t take it all too seriously. The cellar door now opens on Sunday and the tasting room, visited by more than 40,000 visitors annually, boasts a motto: “Life is too short to drink bad wine.”

Thirty-six cellar doors are today dotted across the region, most remain family run and operated and are within a 15-minute drive of the regional centre of Clare. Most are also small and produce only bottled wine and many also include not-to-be-missed restaurant experiences: Eldredge, Skillogalee and Mount Horrocks to name just a few.

Many of the region’s best wineries can be found along the Riesling Trail, a 25-kilometre walking and cycling route linking the towns of Auburn and Clare. The old railway line winds through some of South Australia’s most stunning wine country and natural bushland.

As the home of Australian Riesling, this variety naturally accounts for most white wines produced in the Clare Valley. Principal red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, with both helping to produce distinctive varietal wines.

130 km from Adelaide
53 Wineries Available
4 Attractions Available
Average Distance 330km
Average Duration 10hrs

Tour Highlights

On this page you can find our recommended tours however you are more than welcome to alter your tour at any time. We can discuss with you and organise unforgettable personalised experience. In any case for any tour in Adelaide Hills region we recommend visit to …..

Taylors

The mark of quality – My family’s conviction that the terra rossa soil of the Clare Valley was perfect for making wine, was borne out with a surprise discovery during the excavation of the vineyard dam. The fossilised remains of tiny seahorses were found in the limestone bedrock– confirmation that the area had once been the bed of an ancient inland sea. After this discovery, it seemed only natural to adopt the seahorse to represent our wines – and today the three seahorses serve as a tribute to three generations of Taylors winemakers; and as a mark of the quality you’ll find in every bottle of Taylors wine.

List of Region Wineries

Adelina Wines

Annie’s Lane

AP Birks Wendouree Cellars

Art Wine

Black Stump Wines

Brian Barry Wines

Claymore Wines

Clos Clare

Crabtree Watervale Wines

Eldredge Wines

Erin Eyes Wines

Eyre Creek Wines

Grosset Wines

Inghams Skilly Ridge

Jeanneret Wines

Jim Barry Wines

Kilikanoon Wines

Kirrihill Wines

Knappstein Wines

Koonowla Wines

KT & the Falcon

Last Word Wines

Leasingham Wines

Little Brampton Wines

Mintaro Wines

Mitchell Winery

Mount Horrocks Wines

Mt Surmon Wines

Neagles Rock Vineyards

O’Leary Walker Wines

Olssens of Watervale

Paulett Wines

Pearson Vineyards

Penna Lane Wines

Petaluma – Hanlin Hill Vineyard

Phoenix Estate

Pikes Wines

Pycnantha Hill Estate

Reilly’s Wines

Robertson of Clare Wines

Sevenhill Cellars

Skillogalee

some young punks

Stephen John Wines

Stringy Brae of Sevenhil

Taylors Wines

Thomson Family Vintners

Thorogoods Apple Wines

Tim Adams Wines

Tim Gramp Wines

Trodden on Vineyard

Wakefield Wines (Taylors Wines Pty Ltd)

Wilson Vineyard

Old Burra Cottage

MADE famous on the cover of Midnight Oil’s 1987 album Diesel and Dust, The old Burra Cottage –

With its weathered tin roof and crumbling foundations, early settler’s cottage standing in a field just outside the former copper-mining centre 160km north of Adelaide, the disused farmhouse has also served as a backdrop for filming television commercials with the Qantas Children’s Choir.

The cottage built in the 1920s stands inside a cropping and sheep-grazing property owned by relatives of Bruce Stockman, chairman of the Burra Community Management Committee.

Mr Stockman, 75, said Burra locals had urged the committee to preserve the building.

List of Region Attractions

 

Martindale Hall

The Riesling Trail

Mintaro Maze

St Aloysius Church at Sevenhills

 

“From the Meet and Greet where David asked us about the wines we normally drink, to the scenic tour and the divine wines we tried, it was the best day of our entire holiday. David is a wonderful and fun character that went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying both the wines but also the entire experience. Have recommended him to friends and will tour with him again when we come back to Adelaide. Thanks Mate!”

Jeff & Liz Davenport

Los Angeles – USA

A fantastic private wine tour run by David. I can’t rave enough about David and he’s ‘magic van’ what we called his very well equipped van and the tour. David listened to what we wanted to do and drink and tailored the day around us. Lunch was included in the bill. We couldn’t believe how quickly the day went and were really happy with the vineyards we visited. David was knowledgeable and fun!”

Tracey & Glenn Trelaoar

Brisbane – Australia