This collection of ‘dogs’ may not pull you over any frozen landscapes – but they offer a fantastic alternative to braving the cold.
The Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest regions. Best known perhaps for its Rieslings and indeed widely regarded as the varieties home within the country. Lies to the top of the countries southerly wine producing regions, not far from Adelaide. Travelling from north to south along the Horrock’s Highway, passing through the town of Clare. Located to the north of the Lofty Mountain range the vines are planted between 400 and 500 meters above sea level, and enjoy the moderate continental climate, with cool nights and warm summers the mountains help to provide. This comparatively high altitude for Southern Australia’s vines helps to cool the nights throughout the growing season allowing for a much more even ripening period, coupled with the low levels of rainfall provide a safe harbour for the vines against any fungal diseases. Red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz also do well here reflecting the different micro climates and winemaking approaches the region offers.