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The Clare Valley wine region is located north of the city of Adelaide. The GI region is 680 km2 in size and has a total of 5093 hectares of vineyards. The region was settled in the late 1830s, with the first vineyards planted and wines produced in the early 1840s. 

The climate features a warm to hot summer, but cooling afternoon breezes play a major role in slowing down the ripening process.

The main varieties grown in the region are Riesling, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Clare Valley Regional Snapshot 2020

Regional Snapshots are one-page profiles updated annually of individual Australian wine regions. They provide at-a-glance summary statistics on: climatic characteristics, viticulture data, winegrape production, and winegrape price and export sales data for wine, compared against the same statistics for the whole of Australia.

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Clare Valley
Clare Valley
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5,093ha
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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