Discover boutique hotels in Clare Valley, Australia

Producing just three per cent of this land’s quaffable stock, it still rakes in 20 per cent of the industry’s awards. Young, sweet and fragrant, the riesling is really what you’re here for. Knock around the Barossa and then roll into Clare, and you’ll notice a seismic shift in atmosphere. Gone is the squat German colonial architecture, replaced by refined stone structures built with boomtown mining money. Absent too are the garish signs, swapped for subtle, boutique marketing and discreet cellars. The Clare Valley delivers a personable wine experience with aplomb. And its landscape is tasty too: rolling hills and villages steeped in history.
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When to go

Summer in South Australia (December to February) can be a crazed, crowded and sun-burnt prospect, particularly around this neck of the woods, which is closer to the dry Outback than the more populated regions. A better idea is to visit during autumn (March to April) when the harvest is on and the days are cooler.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The Clare Valley is a 2.5-hour drive north of South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, which has a shiny new international airport ( Domestic flights from all other homeland capitals and many regional centres fly into Adelaide too. There’s also a sealed airstrip at Jamestown, just north of the Clare Valley, for charter planes sized up to DC-3 (and believe us, that’s hefty).
  • Automobiles

    The Clare Valley is long and skinny so you’ll need your motor to traverse the cellar doors and townships. Having keys to your own steed will help you discover back-road vineyards off the tourist trail. Hire a car at Adelaide airport or in Adelaide itself.
  • Taxis

    Clare Valley Taxis (08 8842 1400) runs between the towns in the valley.