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Wines from Clare Valley

Clare Valley and its best-known Riesling Wines

I’d like to introduce the Clare Valley as one of the very few important wine regions in the Southern Australia.

This, which is located at about 120 kilometres to the north of Adelaide City, is one of the oldest wine regions in the country.

The visitors to the Clare Valley are sure to get submerged into the beauty of the picturesque vineyards.

Today, this region is famous for its high-quality boutique wines, thanks to the quality-conscious boutique wineries with their own cellars.

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Each of these is found to be offering a range of specialty wines. So, we can say that a wine tour to the Clare Valley will be a great treat for all your senses.

Geography and Climate of Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is found to be the northernmost wine region in the Mount Lofty Ranges zone.

Geographically speaking, this region contains a series of north-south ridges with slopes, plateaus, and valley floors. Thus, the region offers a variety of altitudes for the cultivation of wine grapes.

However, most of the region’s vineyards are found to be located at the heights of 400 to 500 meters above the sea level.

In general, the climates of Clare Valley are found to be moderately continental in nature. Here, the longer and warmer days will be followed by cooler nights during the summers.

This phenomenon helps in extending the hang time of the crops. Also, they would aid in retaining the acidity, as well as the structure of the wine grapes, thereby producing the premium-quality wines of the region.

We can observe that every individual location in Clare Valley is producing unique types and qualities of wines depending on the sunlight exposure and soil qualities.

The soil types are also found to be varying from one place to another and are found to contain a blend of fertile alluvial components, weathered rock structures, and limestone.

Each of these elements is found to be imparting its own characteristics to the wines of Clare Valley. Unofficially, the whole Clare Valley wine region is divided into three sub-regions as follows:

  • Polish Hill River
  • Central Clare Valley
  • Skillogalee Valley

An Overview of Clare Valley’s Wine Industry

The Clare Valley has been registered as a GI wine region of Australia during the year 1997. At present, the region has almost 5,339 hectares of cultivable land under vine cultivation.

The number of wineries in Clare Valley is around 48 with at least 200 winegrowers within the wine zone.

The total yield of wine grapes in Clare Valley is around 19,796 tons every year. This yield is representing around 2% of the country’s overall grape crush.

However, we can see that the wine grapes of Clare Valley are the winners of almost 7% of all the awards got by the Australian wines.

The total value of red grapes crush is found to be 14,235,653 Australian dollars and that of the white grapes are found to be valued at 7,451,398 Australian dollars.

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Wines and Wine Grapes of Clare Valley

When it comes to grape varieties, the Riesling dominates the Clare Valley’s wine industry. Within them, the drier styles are the most popular and are considered as some of the world’s best.

The striking features of these wines are their depth of flavours and exotic flavours of citrus lime and orange blossoms.

They are also coming with a healthy pack of minerals and crisp acidity levels. The top-end wines of Clare Valley are cellared for as long as two decades or even more.

The red category is found to be dominated by the varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Besides these, there are other less important varieties in this region. They are:

  • Merlot
  • Chardonnay
  • Semillion
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Tempranillo
  • Grenache

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Tharani Rajamanickam

Tharani Rajamanickam

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I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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