Classic Clare Valley.
Word has it that it was a consignment of Jesuit priests fleeing religious persecution in Silesia (now part of Poland) who planted the first grapes in the South Australia’s Clare Valley. In 1851 these holy men planted vines with the express purpose of making holy wine. The winery is called Sevenhill, it still exists and still produces sacramental wine as well as great table wine. What’s more religious is our sanctified respect of the Rieslings that are produced in this region. They are the bomb. It’s the daily temperature variation, from as much as 40C on a summer’s day to 5C at night, along with its brilliant terra rossa soil, which make this region so perfect for producing elegant world-class Riesling.
What to do in the Clare Valley?
Its sweeping gullies and rolling hills provide a drop-dead gorgeous backdrop to the Clare Valley’s cellar doors. There’s even a proper Riesling Trail to follow on foot or bicycle if you will. Do yourself a favour and sample some of the local produce: olive oil, free-range chooks, premium lamb, eggs and pasta. Check out this official visitor guide to make your trip as great as it can be.