Wines of brilliance and innovation

Situated in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia’s Clare Valley was settled in the late 1830s, with the first vineyards planted and wines produced in the early 1840s. The same features that make the Clare Valley inherently beautiful are also the foundation of Clare’s famed vineyards. The climate features a warm to hot summer, but cooling afternoon breezes play a major role in slowing down the ripening process. 

Some of Australia's finest Riesling is grown in the Clare Valley, and the region also produces many other wine styles, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.  With a cornerstone of classic, traditional producers and a new era of winemakers’ keen to throw away the rulebook and try a new approach, Clare Valley’s reputation for quality and consistency looks set to continue. 

Read more about Clare Valley.

Clare Valley
Clare Valley
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4,994ha
Total vineyard area
190-609m
Altitude
33° 89'S
Latitude
232mm
Growing season rainfall
22.3°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
Climate
  • The temperature data is often said to be very misleading due to the large diurnal variation
  • Drops of temperatures from 40°C during the day to 1°C at night are common during main ripening months
  • Altitude and aspect within the valley important
  • Protection from or exposure to cooling maritime breezes
Soil
  • 11 different recognised soil types
  • Polish Hill is known for broken slate
  • Watervale has limestone in sub-soils

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