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CLARE VALLEY - the best of ...

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120km north of Adelaide via N20 then
Email : marketing@clarevalley.com.au
Web-site : www.clarevalley.com.au

Although without the public profile of the Barossa, the Clare Valley, only another half hour drive north, is one of the most picturesque, premium wine-producing areas in Australia. Surrounding the road from Auburn to Clare itself is beautiful countryside covered in vineyards, heritage cottages and stunning restored country homes. The Riesling Trail meanders around this north-south road and makes a gentle cycling discovery tour that shows the Clare at its best.

Clare is home to some of Australia's finest rieslings, the best of which can age for a decade - or even two - to great advantage. Not surprising riesling's siblings - gewurztraminer and pinot gris - also perform well, but semillon can also shine from some makers. Both shiraz and cabernet produce bold, sweet-fruited reds, while grenache works well in fragrant, lighter versions that should be given some respect. Oft-maligned malbec - most often in blends with shiraz or cabernet - can be a revelation here.

Food has lost some focus in recent years, and options for serious dining - especially at night - may limit you to your accommodation (Thorne Park is arguably the best dinner in the valley). Even a few decent casual options have closed although Wild Saffron continues offering a changing menu of very good regional fare. At the end of 2009 the underperforming Citadel has been replaced by Last Word so we live in hope.

Vineyard dining is lead by Skillogalee, although Reilly's in picturesque Mintaro have adopted a garden kitchen approach that should yield another quality option.
We hope the new deck at the Knappstein Brewery will become a venue for an afternoon refresher.

But the Clare is worth the journey for its natural beauty, great riesling and enough good simple food to keep most happy.

Eat & Drink's best of ...

Restaurants -

Cygnets at Auburn, Auburn
Last Word, Clare
Reilly's Wines, Mintaro
Skillogalee, Sevenhill
Salt'n Vines, Clare
Wild Saffron, Clare

Cafes & Casual dining -

Eldredge Wines, Sevenhill
Kirrihill Wines, Clare
Penna Lane, Penwortham
Reilly's Wines, Mintaro
Sevenhill Hotel, Sevenhill
Wild Saffron, Clare

Bars -

Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
Magpie & Stump, Mintaro
Sevenhill Hotel, Sevenhill

Food Outlets -

Evilo Estate EVOO & Olives, Clare
Four Leaf Milling, Tarlee
McPhee's Meats & Fine Foods, Clare & Burra
Open House Gourmet Food Store, Clare
Wild Saffron, Clare

Cellar Doors -

Annie's Lane @ Quelltaler
Cardinham Estate
Claymore Wines
Clos Clare
Crabtree of Watervale
Eldredge Wines
Eyre Creek Wines
Ingrams Skinny Ridge
Jeanneret Wines
Jim Barry Wines
Kilikanoon Wines
Kirrihill Wines
Knappstein Enterprise Wines & Brewery
Leasingham Wines
Mintaro Wines
Mitchell Wines
Mount Horrocks
Mt Surmon Wines
Neagles Rock Wines
OýLeary Walker Wines
Olssens of Watervale
Paulett Wines
Pearson Vineyards
Penna Lane
Phoenix Estate
Pikes Wines
Reilly's Wines
Sevenhill Cellars
Stone Bridge Wines
Stephen John Wines
Taylors Wines
The Wilson Vineyard
Tim Adams
Tim Gramp

by appointment -


Accommodation -

Amyýs House, Auburn
Chaff Mill Village, Clare
Daisy Manor, Auburn
Dennis Cottage, Auburn
Hillsview Country Estate, Auburn
Martindale Hall, Mintaro
Mintaro Mews, Mintaro
Quince Cottage, Watervale
Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn
Skillogallee House, Sevenhill
The Retreat, Clare
The Stationmaterýs Residence, Clare
Thorn Park by the Vines, Sevenhill

Other -

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend
Clare Valley Regional Wine Show
Clare Valley Riesling Trail
Clare Valley Winemakers Inc.
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