Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend


clarevalleywineThe Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend may seem like a distant celebration but having attended the recent 2013 launch, I beg to differ!

The Clare Valley is only a 2 hour drive from the city of Adelaide – not much in the scheme of things – and even less when you consider what the region has to offer.

Not in to wine? How about a visit to Martindale Hall where celebrated Aussie film “Picnic at Hanging Rock “ was filmed, or the Minarto Maze, where you can get lost amongst the fairies?

I took a chance last year and went out to the Clare Valley for the first time and was absolutely spewing that I didn’t allow enough time. As one of our premier wine regions, it also offers a surprising range of activities for those who do and don’t drink wine.

The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend is now in its 29th year and, despite being a late bloomer, I have to say I’m impressed! The festival offers us punters the chance to meet the wine makers and learn first-hand why Clare Valley wines are a cut above the rest.

The festival celebrates three things – their wine, their produce and their tourism. Regardless of if you’re into all three or just one of those targets, you’re bound to find something to love.

The launch of the festival featured 16 wineries, offering 4 wines each. That’s far too much for a mere mortal to sample! I opted to compare Rieslings and was astounded by the variety of flavours on offer, from subtle drinks to orgasmic aged wines.

The festival not only celebrates the wines of the region but embeds them into our daily culture of good food and music. The RAA is even offering bonuses for designated drivers! Simply visit the Clare Valley Visitor Information Centre or Cogwebs Hub Café to register as the designated driver.

The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend runs from 18-19 May 2013.

Contact the Clare Valley Information Centre on 8842 2131 or visit


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