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A Guide to the Clare Valley

May 27, 2019
A Guide to the Clare Valley

Where is the Clare Valley?


Considered to be one of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions, Clare Valley is situated in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges which is approximately 130 kilometres from the capital Adelaide.

There are many boutique wineries in the region and some of Australia’s premium Riesling can be found here.

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Image taken from Wikipedia


The Climate


The climate is moderate-continental which feature warm to hot summers with cooling afternoon breezes play a major role in slowing down the ripening process. The climate and local soil is varied with a mix of productive alluvial elements which impart their own characters in to the wines.

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Image taken from Wine Australia


Altitude


Each of the Clare Valley’s vineyards are at variable altitudes and are located on slopes, windswept plateaus and valley floors. This creates a diverse range of grape-growing conditions also influenced by soil quality and exposure to sun varied meso-climates.

Most vineyards are situated at elevations of between 400 and 500 meters, which are higher than those in the Barossa Valley.

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Image taken from Audley Travel


The Varietals


Acclaimed for its Rieslings, the Clare Valley also produce world-class Shiraz and Cabernet. Other grape varieties found in the Clare Valley are Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Malbec.

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Image taken from Dressed In Copper


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