By Samuel Smith
Published: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Just a 2-hour drive from Adelaide lies a land of winemaking monks, golden fields and sprawling 19th century manors. What, you may ask, is the name of this mysterious land? They call it the Clare Valley.
From the bold, rich reds of the Barossa and McLaren Vale to the Adelaide Hills’ crisp whites, we all know South Australia is spoilt for choice when it comes to wine regions.
But for some reason, the Clare Valley is often overlooked.
While most of us are aware of its world-famous Riesling and gorgeous cycling trail, there’s so much more to discover, bubbling away under the surface.
Boasting exceptional paddock-to-plate dining, boutique cellar doors, historic towns and stunning scenery, the Clare Valley offers so much more than many of us give it credit for.
Here are our top Clare Valley picks for travellers with an adventurous spirit and a discerning palate.
1. The Watervale Hotel
With a pumping atmosphere, stunning fit-out and some of the best food and wine in the region, the recently reopened Watervale Hotel is an absolute must-visit.
Run by life-and-business partners Nicola Palmer and Warrick Duthy, everything about the immaculately refreshed hotel is a labour of love.