The Clare Valley – Celebrating Diversity

The Clare Valley is one of the most diverse wine regions, and tourism destinations in the world. We enjoy and celebrate diversity on so many levels – climatic, geological and geographical, grape varieties and wine styles, farming, cultural and tourist destinations. The Clare Valley is a tapestry of villages, a patchwork of farms, and offers surprises around every corner. From a wine perspective it is the appellation of a thousand terroir. Climate – delivers ‘powerful yet elegant’ wines. Being a temperate climate the seasons are quite pronounced in the Clare Valley. The average summer temperature is around 30 degrees. It can get very hot during Summer, sometimes above 40 degrees, but it is a dry heat. The average night time temperature in Summer is more like 14 degrees. Winter is very different with average maximum temperature of 14 degrees, getting down to around 3 degrees, and sometimes below zero, overnight. Both Spring and Autumn days are largely lovely days in the low or mid 20’s, and the diurnal temperature difference is around 15 degrees, and can often be 20 degrees. Combined with largely dry Autumns this is perfect conditions for farming of all kinds, and in particular wine grapes. The warm days from bud burst in September through to harvest in around March ensures that grapes are ripe with powerful varietal character. The cool nights mean that there is high levels of retained natural acid. Wines of Clare are therefore both powerful and elegant – ideal for food accompaniment. This combination of ripe fruit and long natural acidity is perfect for quality Riesling. You can see it in the glass. However this characteristic is apparent in all…

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