Comfort Inn Clare Central
325 Main North Road
Clare, SA 5453
Phone: (61) 8 88422277
Fax: (61) 8 88423563
Dotted with vineyards and farms are villages that contribute to Clare Valley's cottage charm and great restaurants. Set in the Town Hall, is a small information centre that will make accommodation and restaurant bookings for you. Ask about cycling and walking trails, not forgetting Spring Gully Conservation Park, with its kangaroos and striking red "stringy bark" gum trees. Nearby Sevenhill Cellars is an historic winery run by Jesuit priests since 1851. It is closed on Sundays but there are 31 other wineries to choose from: known for excellent Shiraz and Rieslings. Historic Martindale Hall was used in filming "Picnic at Hanging Rock."
Eldredge Wines is one of the new wave of boutique wineries in the Clare Valley. Follow the scenic drive around the back roads and you will come across Eldredge perched beside its own dam, with the tasting room and restaurant looking out over water. Their range of wines is small but interesting; a couple of whites, a couple of reds, sparkling wine and port. The whites, in particular, are very fine and the Riesling has become a real winner.
This cottage winery is an absolute treasure. Set in a beautiful part of the Clare Valley, Skillogalee is well worth a stop for some good bottles of wine. The wines produced are short in number, but high in fruit and flavor. Fortified wines including the liqueur muscat sell well, as does the Riesling. However, the Shiraz is the most famous, so look out for the 1999 vintage. You will have to dine at the winery's restaurant to taste the famous 1991 Shiraz or 1992 Cabernet.
Dating back to the early 1860s, Annie's Lane is a renowned winery in the oldest wine region of Southern Australia, the Clare Valley. This award-wining winery produces a variety of regional wines, the Copper Trail Shiraz been the star. Check the estate website to know more.
This is a friendly place with some very good wines made by the welcoming Crabtree family. And while you taste, your kids can enjoy the roaming alpacas, sheep, cats, geese, chickens and a donkey! The Crabtrees have produced popular specials like the smooth and full-flavored Shiraz Cabernet. Try also their aromatic and delicious Riesling. And the Muscat is wonderful on chilly evenings. For a small winery, the quality of the drop is quite excellent.