19 Aug 2019
Less than 2 hours from Adelaide lies the picturesque Clare Valley where you can experience gourmet food, boutique wine experiences and stunning scenery. Clare is where the wheat meets the vines in a unique wine region, with vineyards mixed with rolling paddocks in a true foodie paradise. But as locals to the area, we know there is more to see and do in Clare than just sip vino and watch wheat grow. Here are our top picks for a great few days in Clare.
Hire a bike from the park reception and hit the iconic Riesling Trail to experience the country side a different way. Meander along the trail and stop off for food, cellar doors and be sure to soak up the epic scenery along the way.
Just 8 mins from the park you can make your way to the first stop along your ride at Sevenhill Cellars. After you’ve tasted the range look down in the underground cellar where you will feel like you’ve stepped into a French vineyard. Grab a cheese platter from the cellar door and relax on the grass area as you sip some of your recently purchased drops.
Along the Riesling Trail, 9 mins from the park, you can stop in at Mr Mick’s Cellar Door and Kitchen for lunch. With delicious wines made from grapes grown in the region and a selection of tapas plates to indulge in - you’ll be well fuelled to continue your riding exploration.
As recent winners of the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Winery of the Year, Jim Barry is a must visit on your Clare experience. Jim Barry Wines produce all of their own fruit from 10 locations in the Clare Valley and are a proud family owned and operated winery. Drop by the cellar door and taste their internationally acclaimed range of Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, while taking in the picturesque views of the Clare Valley.
On the last Saturday of every month you can enjoy the local produce at the Sevenhill Producers Market. Buy a range of local produce from the people who made it from handmade breads, fresh fruit and veggies, seafood, cakes and pastries, homemade pies, olives and olive oil, jams and chutneys, honey, capers, sauces, dried fruit, nuts, icecream, soaps, art and craft, hot food, coffee, breakfast BBQ and so much more, all in a friendly country atmosphere.
For a local dining option check out Seed Winehouse + Kitchen. When opening the venue the team believed it to be paramount that this regional restaurant still spoke to the style and essence of country life which is why the bar and kitchen’s home of 1880’s chaff mill, with its old stone walls, twisting gum pillars and original slate floor was the perfect place. The menu features a relaxed regional dining experience and is well worth a visit.
If you’re travelling with little ones they will love the Clare Valley Model Trains at Lakeside Miniature Railway. A railway over a km long that features bridges, twists, turns and even a tunnel in a picturesque setting. Watching the sheer joy on the kids’ faces as they toot toot their way around the track will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Right next to the park is the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre who host the locals favourite Friday night drinks! Each week between 5 and 7pm they showcase a local winery with $5 glasses and complimentary tasting of the regions local produce which is well worth a drop in.
Lose yourself when you visit the cute town of Mintaro and explore the Mintaro Maze. This living hedge creation is made up of over 800 conifers and has enough twists and turns to stump the shrewdest explorer.
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