Famed for its juicy, refreshingly citrusy Riesling, the Clare Valley wine region is a hidden gem perched on South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges.
Although smaller than other South Australian wine regions, it is renowned for its world-class wines. With over 160 years of winemaking, the region is rich in history and home to some of Australia’s oldest wineries.
Located north of Adelaide, just under a two-hour drive from the city’s heart, Clare Valley oozes small-town charm and a friendly atmosphere.
The area consists of fertile countryside, rolling hills of varying altitudes, and large gum trees. Home to 30 Clare Valley wineries, the region has over 5,000 hectares of vineyards, growing white and red grape varieties.
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Clare Valley climate and soil
Clare Valley has a moderately continental climate with long warm days followed by cool nights during the summer. This climate is ideal for ripening the grapes during the day, and the cooler evenings help to preserve acidity levels; perfect for Riesling wine.
The Clare Valley wine region has more than ten different soil types, including sandy loam soils, terra rossa and red soils. The variety of earth is ideal for bringing a range of characteristics and flavours to the grapes. Terra rossa soils also have good drainage, helping to create healthy and high-quality grapes.
Wine grapes grown in Clare Valley
Although known for its signature Riesling, which is light and fresh with hints of lime, the Clare Valley wine region also produces some of the best Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Clare Valley Shiraz is vibrant with blackberry taste notes and hints of mint and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown here are dark and rich and blend perfectly with Shiraz to create a unique, bold wine. Other grape varieties grown in the region include Chardonnay, Malbec, Pinot Grigio and Semillon.