Gourmet food, wine, amazing views and great company…what more could you want?
Clare is a beautiful wine region in South Australia, 136km north of Adelaide and well worth the trip out there. It’s easily accessible in less than 2 hours by bus, hired tour, coach or private vehicle and is a great place to enjoy solo, as a couple or with a group. You can even hire bicycles and ride the Riesling trail for a different take on this picturesque countryside.
WHAT WE DID
Being local ‘Adelaidians’ this certainly wasn’t our first trip to Clare. It is great for group wine tours for birthdays, hens/bucks days and work bonding events or equally as lovely to enjoy a weekend getaway. The annual Clare Gourmet Festival is always something to look forward to it Autumn and this what we would love to share with you.
Basically the entire Clare region opens its cellar doors and beautiful vineyards for the weekend, putting on wine tasting, live music, gourmet food and demonstrations from Friday night to Monday morning. Getting a handy pocket guide to take around with you includes all the wineries and what they have on offer as well as an easy to read map that even the most wine affected person will be able to read!
The Clare Valley Visitor Centre is a great hub to get started with tonnes of information and the crossways point for most of the coaches to take different loops around the region. They offer wine tasting, delicious food, live music, tea and coffee and the all important ‘Designated Driver’ survival bag with drink vouchers and goodies for those awesome friends who are happy to be our chauffeurs for the day.
We had brilliant times at some great wineries throughout the day and feel like there is probably a good number to set your sights on. This gives plenty of time for tasting, indulging in some delicious food, getting through a bottle or two of your favourite drops and just enough time to relax on the grass without falling into a mini food coma! We spent the day at Clos Clare, O’Leary Walker and Taylor’s and would recommend them all!
On previous occasions we have visited Shut the Gate, Eldredge Vineyards, Pike and Joyce, Skillogalee and the lovely Annie’s Lane, all with very pleasant experiences as each winery has something wonderful and unique about it. The Sevenhill Hotel is definitely worth a visit for a delicious meals and great service. Just north of Auburn, the gateway to the Clare Valley, it’s easy to spot and has its own wine cellar and log fire lounge to get cosy in the winter.
The Riesling Trail is another great aspect of the Clare Valley, a 35km track you can walk, run or cycle along, wine in hand if that tickles your fancy. It even made The Guardians Top 10 bike-friendly wine routes in the world last year! Well worth a visit and an easy bike hire.
For more information of where to stay and how to get around in Clare check out the Clare Valley website to make life a little easier http://www.clarevalley.com.au
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Have you been to Clare? We would love to hear your travel stories also!