South Australian Wine Regions

By on February 14, 2016 in Wine Region with 0 Comments

south australian winesThere are many wine regions in South Australia,that all produce quality wines

In the Clare Valley, which is a pretty two hour’s drive north of Adelaide, the history of wine making dates back to the time of the first European settlers. An English settler by the name of John Horrocks pioneered wine making and planted vines at Hope Farm in 184o. This was followed by vines being planted at Sevenhill in 1852 and Spring Vale ( Quelltaler) in 1853. While these vineyards were being experimented with the Clare area was being populated by a diverse range of settlers.

The beginning of the twentieth century saw the rapid expansion of Clare’s fledgling wine industry. In 1890, there were about 250 acres (100 Hectares) of vineyards; however that had expanded to 1500 acres (600 hectares) within 10 years.

Jim Barry Wines

Established in 1959 and owned by the Barry family covers an area of 494 acres (200 hectares) . The vineyard is well known for their big flavored red, such as the Benbournie Cabernet Sauvignon and the Lodge Hill Shiraz. These wines are available to purchase on line. The winery will freight their wines to all states of Australia, priced per dozen. For orders over $450 freight is free.

Grosset Wines

Established in 1981 and is independently owned by Jeffery Grosset. The vineyard covers an area of 20 acres (8 hectares). Jeffery Grosset is well renowned for his Riesling which has won him numerous awards.

Seven hill Cellars

The Seven hill property was originally purchased for the Jesuits in 1851 and the vines were planted to supply sacramental wine. Today the vineyard is well regarded for it ranges of table wine by a much wider audience. Their reds in particular are full of rich spicy flavors with deep berry characters. The winery is an ideal tourist spot with the underground cellars and the Jesuits’ St. Aloysius Church nearby. Their wines are available to purchase on line.

Taylors Wines

Established in 1969 and is owned by the Taylor family. The vineyard covers an area of 1,360 acres (550 hectares) and is one of the biggest vineyards in the region. A fascination with Bordeaux wines led them to planting 178 hectares of Cabernet sauvignon and they went on to produce some quality award winning red wines.

Over the years the production of white wines has increased to the stage where is as popular as the reds. Taylors have an on line store for the connivance of their customers.  All told there are 13 wineries in the Clare Valley so a trip through there is recommended for a wonderful day out with the opportunity to sample some award winning quality wines.

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