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Clare Valley

In Clare Valley discover heritage towns, trails, museums, galleries, beautiful scenery & one of Australia's oldest wine regions.

The Clare Valley, settled in the 1840s and named after County Clare in Ireland, is one of Australia's oldest wine regions, best known for Riesling wines. It lies in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 120 km north of Adelaide. The valley runs north-south, with Horrocks Highway as the main thoroughfare.

The Region attracts many discerning tourists, both domestic and international, who delight and relax in the friendly environment. Clare Valley has heritage towns and trails, boutique wineries, museums and galleries which are linked by scenic roads and framed by farms and vines. The Clare Valley has been making wine since the first grapes were planted in 1851. Today there are more than 40 cellar doors along a narrow 40 kilometre corridor, between Auburn and Clare. You’ll discover a little something tucked around every bend.

On 16 February 1983, the Clare Valley was devastated by bushfires during the Ash Wednesday disaster. Although there were no fatalities in the area, over 6,100 hectares were burnt out, causing $5 million worth of damage. The railway line between the Clare Showgrounds and Penwortham was severely damaged, and resulted in its eventual demise. The old rail route has since been transformed into a popular bicycle riding track known as the Riesling Trail. This 35km sealed trail links the villages of the valley. Tourists worldwide travel to the Clare Valley to cycle the 'Riesling Trail', sampling the famous Clare Valley Riesling along the way.