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Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is a slice of Australian pastoral bliss, vineyards scattered among grazing pastures, cropping paddocks and dense pockets of bushland. Its ancient soils produce some of this country’s greatest rieslings and immaculately structured reds built on shiraz and cabernet sauvignon; the latter is often blended with old-vine malbec to produce a signature regional style. Less than two hours from Adelaide, but just far enough to encourage an extended stay, the cellar doors of Clare offer visitors a wide range of experiences, from the immersive vineyard visit to the funky contemporary feel of inner city bars.
Nick Ryan

Image of Matriarch & Rogue Winemaker Millard Giedre.

Matriarch & Rogue

Star Cellar Door (TIE)

0419 901 892

Vanguardist Wines

Star Cellar Door (TIE)

0487 193 053

Not so much fence-sitting, as a valid recognition of how these two small producers have been able to redefine the concept of the traditional cellar door. Utilising unused shopfronts at either end of Clare’s main street, Matriarch & Rogue’s Marnie Roberts and Vanguardist’s Michael Corbett have established ‘tasting rooms’ as opposed to cellar doors, meshing the traditional act of sampling a winemaker’s wares with a small bar vibe.At the other end of the street, visitors to Vanguardist get insight on the vinous passions of Corbett, through the exciting wines he produces himself, and a small, carefully curated list of the kind of wines he likes to drink. The selection of charcuterie from the exceptional Les Deux Coqs suggests his commitment to deliciousness extends beyond the bottle all the way to his belly. NICK  RYAN

Please note Vanguardist Wines has recently closed.

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