Clare Valley Wine Region

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The Clare Valley Wine Region in South Australia is located about just over a hundred kilometres north of Adelaide. It stretches from Auburn in the south through the villages of Leasingham, Penwortham and Watervale and on to the township of Clare.

Clare Valley Alternative Varieties

There are three unofficial sub-regions, the Polish Hill River region to the east, the Central Clare Valley, and the Skillogalee Valley to the west.

The history of this region is nearly as long as that of the nearby Barossa Region. The first vineyard, at Sevenhill, was planted by Jesuits in the 1840's and is still in production.

The Clare Valley region is really a series of valleys and uplands with considerable variation in topography and microclimate. The region produces much better cool climate wines than its location and raw climatic data suggest. In his book Viticulture and Environment , John Gladstones devotes considerable space to exploring the reasons why the various microclimates around Clare are much better for the production of table wines than for fortified styles.

The Clare Valley wine region is most famous for its crisp Rieslings and is now recognised, both in Australia and internationally as the premium region for dry wines from that variety. Shiraz is used to make impressive dry red wines here as well.

As in many South Australian wine regions Grenache is used as a blending component of red wines and occasionally as a straight varietal. Over recent years, Sangiovese and Tempranillo have been introduced with very promising results. Artwine are taking up the challenge of introducing new varieties with Graciano from Spain and Fiano from Southern Italy.

To add to the regional diversity in 2010 Jim Barry Wines became the first Australian vineyard to establish the Greek variety Assyrtiko.

Some Clare Valley Wineries who are using alternative varieties are:

This page recently updated to include new wineries listed in
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2014
Adelina Wines Grenache | Annie's Lane Moscato, Mourvedre | Artwine Fiano, Graciano, Grenache, Montepulciano, Pinot gris, Prosecco, Tempranillo, Viognier | Atlas Wines Malbec, Mourvedre | Australian Domaine Wines Grenache, Tempranillo | Black Stump Wines Negroamaro | Cardinam Estate Malbec, Sangiovese | Claymore Wines Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier | Crabtree of Watervale Muscadelle, Tempranillo, Zibibbo | Eldredge Malbec, Sangiovese | Eyre Creek Grenache | Fireblock Grenache | Flat View Vineyard Grenache, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese | Greg Cooley Sangiovese | Inghams Skilly Ridge Wines Tempranillo, Zinfandel | Jeanneret Wines Grenache, Moscato | Jim Barry Wines Assyrtiko | Kilikanoon Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier | Kirrihill Estates Grenache, Montepulciano, Moscato, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Tempranillo | Knappstein Wines Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris | Last Word Wines Malbec, Sangiovese, Viognier | Matchbox Wines Malbec | Mitchell Grenache, Mourvedre, Sangiovese | Mount Surmon Nebbiolo, Pinot gris, Viognier | Mr Mick Tempranillo | Naked Run Wines Grenache | Neagles Rock Vineyards Grenache, Sangiovese | Old Station Grenache | Olssens of Watervale Carmenere, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petit verdot, Zinfandel | Phoenix Estate Grenache, Mourvedre, Pedro Ximenez, Petit verdot, Sangiovese, Viognier | Pikes Chenin blanc, Grenache, Mourvedre, Pinot gris, Sangiovese, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Viognier | Pycnantha Hill Estate Sangiovese | Rabbit and Spaghetti Vermentino | Reilly's Wines Grenache, Tempranillo | Robertson of Clare Malbec, Petit verdot | Seraph's Crossing Grenache, Mourvedre, Zinfandel | Sevenhill Wines Barbera, Chenin blanc, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Muscadelle, Pedro Ximenez, Ruby Cabernet, Touriga, Verdelho, Viognier | Skillogalee Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec | Stone Bridge Wines Malbec, Pinot gris, Sangiovese | Tatehams Wines Sangiovese | Taylors Crouchen, Gewurztraminer, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Viognier | Tim Adams Grenache, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Zinfandel | Trelawney Sangiovese, Tempranillo | Wakefield Estate Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Mourvedre, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Vermentino, Viognier | Wendouree Malbec, Mourvedre | Wilson Vineyard Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo, Zinfandel

Want to try some Clare Valley Wines?

Snooth Wine Search can help you find some Clare Valley wine, online or at a retailer near you.

Visiting the Clare Valley Wine Region

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This region is just an hour and a half drive north of Adelaide, not much further north than its better known neighbour the Barossa valley.

There are many accommodation options including hotels, motels and quite a few restored cottages in the villages and vineyards around Clare.

You can try the Wine Country Hotels booking service to help you find some great deals for staying in Clare.

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