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Clare Valley

Northernmost wine-growing region (GI) in the Australian state of South Australia, north-west of the Barossa Valley. There are the sub-areas of Auburn, Clare, Hill River, Polish Hill River, Sevenhill and Watervale. It is one of the oldest wine-growing areas in the country; the first winery, Sevenhill Cellars, was established here in 1851. The mountains provide a somewhat cooler climate, but despite the dry conditions, artificial irrigation is generally not used, which results in lower yields. The most important white wine varieties are Riesling and Sémillon, the most important red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec (Cot) and Shiraz (Syrah). Special qualities are produced by Riesling, which is also vinified as a noble sweet wine. Its importance is also documented by the 27-kilometre "Riesling Trail" for hikers and cyclists, which leads from Auburn to Clare. Well-known producers include Eldrige, Grosset, Knappstein, Leasingham, Mitchell, Paulett's, Pikes and Wolf Blass.

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