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a unique viticultural trilogy

About our region

The secret trilogy of shiraz, cabernet and riesling

Under clear skies and cool nights, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and riesling have a unique home in the Clare Valley.

Nestled high in the Mount Lofty Ranges, at the gateway to the Flinders Ranges the picturesque Clare Valley has a secret. This terroir, a combination of surprising elevation and ancient sedimentary soils, blesses our famous riesling grapes, but lesser known are the equally exceptional shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the region. A unique viticultural trilogy.

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History

Since explorer John Horrocks planted Grenache in Penwortham in 1840 and the Jesuit Brothers founded Sevenhill Cellars for sacramental wine in 1851, the Clare Valley has unassumingly gone about its business. While famous for 1056 hectares of outstanding riesling, our region, in fact, has significantly more shiraz (1886 ha) and cabernet sauvignon (1135 ha) vineyards. Together these three varietals comprise almost 80% of Clare Valley’s wine production. Varying altitudes to 608m (Mt Horrocks) cause wide diurnal temperature variation from summer’s day to night – the secret to why these three varieties prosper in the Clare Valley.

The Clare Valley is a series of valleys and historic villages, all easily explored among rolling vineyards and undulating hills that rise high above the fertile agricultural plains. A destination with an abundance of walking and bike trails where every bend reveals a new discovery in the hometown of local acclaimed artisan food and wine producers.

Our Association

In 2018, Clare Valley grapegrowers and winemakers brought their talents together in a single association.

We have a history of resilience; to floods, bushfires, droughts and gluts – and the future will bring new challenges. And now, with a shared focus on quality, transparency and collaboration, our region is well-prepared. We are building future skills and capabilities and tackling risks head on to enable our region to reach its full potential.

View The Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association Strategic Plan

Our Board

Dr Stuart McNab

Independent Chairman

Stuart is an agribusiness consultant and Director of the National Wine Centre. He spent more than two decades with Treasury Wine Estates (and predecessors). He is a former President of the SA Wine Industry Association, Director of Winemakers Federation of Australia and Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute.

Jeff Grosset

Winemaker Board Member

Jeff was inaugural Australian Winemaker of the Year (Gourmet Traveller Wine) and is recognised as one of the world’s ‘50 Most Influential Winemakers’ (Wine & Spirits, USA). He founded Grosset Wines in 1981 and has led the pioneering use of screwcaps.

Bianca Jennings

Special Board Member

Bianca is a corporate and agribusiness partner at national law firm Piper Alderman, with a particular focus on the food and beverage sectors. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial advisory and foreign investment. She is Deputy Chairman of Potatoes South Australia.

Dr Geoff Lewis

Grapegrower Board Member

Geoff has spent most of his working life as a business school professor and a strategy consultant to major corporations. In 1998 he bought the old Schober’s property, restored the 1850s farmhouse and planted a 33 hectare vineyard, which in recent years has been contracted as a Penfolds A grade vineyard.

Andrew Pike

Winemaker Board Member

Andrew has more than 40 years in the wine industry, including more than 20 years with the Penfolds/Southcorp business. He joined the Pikes family business full time in 2001. He is a former chairman of the Clare Valley Winemakers Association.

Alister Sandow

Grapegrower Board Member

Alister has expanded his family’s large vineyard holding near Watervale, since joining full time in 2009. His whole career has been devoted to viticulture and he has worked internationally for Constellation Wines, including three years at a grower liaison officer in the Californian regions.

Clinton Taylor

Winemaker Board Member

Clinton is the General Manager, Winery Operations, at Taylors Wine. This role encompasses the vineyard and production side of the company’s operations. His career spans almost 20 years in the family business. He is a director of the South Australian Wine Industry Association.

David Travers

Grapegrower Board Member

David is a fifth generation farmer. He is the Chairman of Scope Global and a director of the Wine Grape Council of SA. He spent five years as the State Government’s Deputy Agent General (London) and was previously the Deputy Premier’s chief of staff and editor of Stock Journal.

Tori Somerville

Special Board member

Returning to home soil, Tori manages digital and trade projects for Luxury Lodges of Australia. She has a respected career in tourism sales and marketing, including the Oatley family’s Hamilton Island, the Barossa’s The Louise and four years driving Tasmania’s UK/European visitation based in London.

Our Members

Ours is a region dominated by small growers and winemakers. This is a contrast to many of the world’s large and famous appellations with their big brands, huge wines and giant personalities. Here the requirement is authenticity – of character, relationships, provenance and sustainability.

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Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association
8 Spring Gully Road, Clare SA 5453
PO Box 211, Clare SA 5453
Tania Matz
Executive Officer
Phone: 0427 168 109
Email: tania@clarevalleywine.com.au
Anna Baum
Project Officer
Phone: 0417 817 776
Email: anna@clarevalleywine.com.au