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Adelaide, South Australia is surrounded by fruitful wine regions. From the big bold Shiraz to the delicate Riesling, the various types of soil used to grow, harvest and vintage the most specular wines are scattered throughout the state's many cellar doors and wineries.
The Clare Valley is one of South Australia's oldest wine regions, and with more than 50 cellar doors between the towns of Auburn and Clare, their signature Riesling wines are some of the world's best. Only a couple of hours north of Adelaide, the Clare Valley is a perfect, quaint spot for a weekend getaway.
Set among 75 acres and overlooking five Riesling vines, Neagles Retreat is a collection of modern villas that offer the perfect home away from home for a weekend away. A secluded property away from the main road, Neagles still offers a central location to begin exploring what other delights the region has on offer.
A must visit on a weekend trip to the Clare Valley is Sevenhill Cellars, which is the oldest winery and cellar door in South Australia. Jesuits priests planted the region's first vines in 1851 to make sacramental wine, and their purpose-built church St Aloysius Church and Crypt still stands on the grounds today and is available for touring. Alternative, a more modern winery, Shut the Gates Wine offers an atmospheric cellar door with beautiful lounges and outdoor seating areas set amongst the vineyards. If a rounded-out experience is more appealing, than Seed Winehouse + Kitchen offers beautiful wines whilst also offering spectacular meals made with regionally sourced ingredients. The Clare Valley isn't short of wineries with plenty of personality, and a weekend away is a great way to get an initial taste of the area.
With so much great scenery to explore, the Clare Valley's Riesling Trail is the perfect way to take in the rolling landscape. With wineries and eateries scattered throughout the trail, there's no better incentive to walk or ride the Riesling Trail than a delicious, thirst quenching reward at the end. The Trail transcends over 35km and connects the townships of Auburn, Leasingham, Watervale, Penwortham, Sevenhill, Clare, and White Hut, and on a bike, it takes 2.5 hours to complete. There’s no better way to explore a historic wine region than to adventure through its history and drink it in as you go.