Australia - Clare Valley
Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, first settled in the 1840s and named after County Clare in Ireland.
Size-wise Clare Valley is small, accounting for less than 2% of the nation’s crush; however, its reputation is known internationally. It is regarded as the home of Riesling, with Shiraz being another notable varietal.
It is 125km north of Adelaide at an altitude of 400-500m. It is one of the highest regions in South Australia giving’cool climate’ attributes to the fruit. The ‘continental’ climate has cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days; the nighttime temperatures even during the heat of summer allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly and slowly
There are at least 48 winereries and 200 growers with 5339 ha of vines.