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Top Choice Historic Building in Mintaro

Martindale Hall

Martindale Hall is an astonishing 1880 manor 3km from Mintaro. Built for young pastoralist Edmund Bowman Jnr, who subsequently partied away the family fortune (OK, so drought and plummeting wool prices played a part…
Top Choice Winery in Clare Valley

Skillogalee

Skillogalee is a small family outfit known for its spicy shiraz, fabulous food and top-notch riesling (a glass of which is like kissing someone gorgeous on a summer afternoon). Kick back with a long, lazy lunch on t…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Mintaro

Reilly's

Reilly's started life as a cobbler's shop in 1856. An organic veggie garden out the back supplies the current restaurant, which is decorated with local art and serves creative, seasonal Mod Oz food (antipasto, rabbi…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Auburn

Terroir

'Terroir' – a word often associated with the wine trade – defines the nature of a place: its altitude, its soil, its climate, its vibe. At this excellent restaurant it applies to ingredients, sourced seasonally from…
Top Choice Bakery in Clare

Little Red Grape

There's a cellar door here, focusing on small-production local vineyards, but most folks are here for the bakery, serving excellent pies, cakes, big donuts, toasted bacon-and-egg Turkish bread sandwiches and wake-yo…
Winery in Clare Valley

Pikes

The industrious Pike family set up shop in the Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley in 1984, and have been producing show-stopping riesling ever since (and shiraz, sangiovese, pinot grigio, viognier…). I…
Food & Drink in Clare Valley

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

A fab frenzy of Clare Valley wine, food and music in May. LinkSA (www.linksa.com.au) buses get involved, with shuttles to/from Adelaide.
Winery in Clare Valley

Shut The Gate

Across a little creek and through a white gate (no need to shut it), this upbeat little cellar door has been making a few 'Best New Wineries' lists of late. Taste some of their good stuff inside the old duck-your-he…
Winery in Clare

Mr Mick

We're not sure who Mick is exactly, but his winery/restaurant is mighty charming, occupying a noble former-distillery down a quiet Clare street. Duck in for a tasting, or the all-day kitchen does tapas-style stuff (…
Nature Reserve in Clare

Spring Gully Conservation Park

About 3km southwest of Sevenhill, itself 7km south of Clare, the 400-hectare Spring Gully Conservation Park features blue-gum forest, red stringybarks and 18m-high winter waterfalls. There are plenty of bird twitter…