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Clare Valley

Northernmost wine-growing region (GI) in the Australian state of South Australia northwest of the Barossa Valley. There are the subareas 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 founded here in 1851. The mountains give a slightly cooler climate, but despite the drought, the vineyards are mostly irrigated artificially, which results in lower yields. The main white wine varieties are Riesling and Sémillon, while the main red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Shiraz. Special qualities are produced by Riesling, which is also vinified with noble rot. Its importance is also documented by the 27-kilometer "Riesling Trail" for hikers and cyclists, which leads from Auburn to Clare. Well known producers are Eldrige, Grosset, Knappstein, Leasingham, Mitchell, Paulett's, Pikes and Wolf Blass.

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