Clare Valley Wine Region - Winery Accommodation

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Clare Valley Wineries and Vineyards

The Clare Valley wine region lies within the heart of the Australian bush. It is located 130km north of Adelaide and is covered in soft rolling hills and dotted with quaint villages and homesteads built out of local stone.

The region is not only considered one of Australia's finest wine regions but also one of its oldest. In the 1840s Polish monks sought refuge in these hills after fleeing religious persecution. The monks planted the Sevenhill vineyards which are still operated by Jesuit monks today, with most of its produce made for Catholic religious ceremonies.

The area is a viticulturists dream as it experiences long hot days and cool nights in the ripening period, an average rainfall of 632mm and a winter average of 13 degrees. This continental climate guarantees rich, delicate and crisp wines.

The Clare Valley is known as Riesling country with many of the boutique wineries producing fine examples of the wine. The climate also helps produce perfumed Shiraz and fine, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. The cellar doors of the area are situated close together making it easy for visitors to hop from one to the next all day.

Visitors can also enjoy the Riesling Trail which is an old railway line turned bike path that winds through part of the valley - from Auburn to Clare. There are many superb restaurants in the area and many bed and breakfasts too. Martindale Hall just outside of Mintaro is one building of note as it was used as Appleyard College in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock.

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