The Clare Valley is one of SA’s ‘must visit’ regions. Why? Because it’s overflowing with picturesque scenes, bountiful produce, award-winning wines and cosy accommodation. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to take you on a tour of spots in Clare that we can’t stop thinking about…
Our hearts are fluttering at the thought of staying in one of Battunga’s four self-contained cottages on a privately-owned property surrounded by rural landscapes. Two of these nineteenth-century-style cottages can host up to four guests, so you can hire them privately or fill each one with your friends for a 12 person getaway. Each cottage includes a separate living area, kitchenette, bathroom and wood fireplace, plus all the modern amenities. And on arrival, prepare to be wowed with brekky supplies from the best local producers — plus some extra treats!
The multi-award-winning Watervale Hotel offers ethical, epicurean experiences that celebrate local and seasonal produce. Let your senses sing with their four different dining styles — there’s à la carte or a Feed Me menu featuring organic produce from Penobscot Farm; a Gourmet or Farm Feast with shared plates best enjoyed in a group; or a six-course degustation menu that can be matched with Clare Valley wines or mocktails. Fancy! You can also make a day of it by booking a signature experience like the Six Senses Penobscot Farm Tour or a full-day interactive cooking masterclass.
Billie Vintage Van
Are you planning a wedding or big event in the glorious Clare Valley? You have to invite Billie along! Billie Vintage Van is a 1960s globetrotter caravan, expertly renovated into a cocktail bar on wheels by Ryan McDermid and Ella Matheson. There are packages on offer to suit every occasion, including dry hire, customised packages or a cash bar. We guarantee that Billie will be the cutest (and most popular) guest at your next soirée!
With a historic homestead, glorious botanical gardens, vast lawns and a restored heritage winery, Koonowla in Auburn is one of the Clare Valley’s most picturesque settings. Bask in the sun on their cellar door patio or in the lush gardens with a glass of wine, and breathe in that fresh country air. Or, if you’ve got a wedding coming up, this pioneering property steeped in drama-filled history has also proven to be a sought after wedding location.
If wine is your drink of choice, you’ve
got to pop Knappstein on your list of must-visit destinations. It’s one of the Clare Valley’s most popular wineries after all! Their medal-winning drops showcase quality fruit in its purest and most vibrant form, plus you’ll find them right in the heart of Clare in the original nineteenth-century Enterprise Brewery — a landmark of the town. Wander inside and enjoy a tasting any day of the week!
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A delightful wine or two with a view?
Yes, please! Paulett Wines is a family- owned, highly awarded winery making exceptional vino for all to enjoy. But the crown jewel is the Canapé and Wine Flight, where guests can enjoy five wines of choice, exquisitely matched with canapés prepared by Head Chef Thomas Erkelenz. And if you’re looking for a beautiful meal, the Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant menu changes seasonally and offers some uniquely Australian flavours — it’s a true celebration of local produce and quality wines.
The Kirrihill team is busy in the valley, crafting fabulous wines for all to enjoy. Since their first vintage in 2000, Kirrihill Wines has collected over 500 accolades domestically and internationally, most recently being awarded the Best Shiraz in Australia and Best Clare Valley Riesling Winery. The secret to their success? They are passionate about their vineyards, the valley and love creating wines to drink and share. They don’t currently have a cellar door, but you don’t need to miss out — jump online to shop their drops.