Welcome to Riesling Country
Wonderful wineries, fine local produce, historic towns and views for miles… visit the Clare Valley and fall in love with one of Australia’s oldest wine regions.
Clare Valley wine region
Just one and a half hours’ drive north of Adelaide, nestled high in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges, is the charming Clare Valley wine region.
The traditional land of the Ngadjuri people, Clare’s winemaking history started back in the mid-1800s with Jesuit settlers who planted the first vines in the region. Today, Clare Valley is home to more than thirty wineries, many of them family owned just like Pauletts.
The region is filled with historic towns and landmarks that punctuate the diverse cultural heritage. Be sure to explore the incredible mining history of Burra, relish the grandeur of Martindale Hall and take the time to get lost in the Mintaro Maze.
Polish Hill River
Our own slice of heaven, the Polish Hill River region is the home of Pauletts. Named after the Polish settlers who moved here in the mid-1800s, the area is blessed with the perfect climate for growing premium grapes.
The minerality and natural acidity of the soil, combined with good winter rains, hot summer days tempered by cool nights and a long ripening period, consistently produce grapes of exceptional flavours and balance.
The Riesling Trail
A trip to the Clare Valley wine region isn’t complete without a roll or a stroll along the Riesling Trail. Covering 33km of what was once the region’s railway, the Riesling Trail is accessible for bikes, walkers, wheelchairs and prams.
Pick a section of the trail and wind a leisurely way between Auburn in the south and Clare in the north, taking the time to stop by many cellar doors and local attractions along the way.
Our own Polish Hill loop includes a pretty big hill climb, but your reward is a breathtaking view and of course a warm welcome at Pauletts’ cellar door. And if you feel like taking it easy on the way up, take a top tip from the Pauletts team and rent an e-bike!
Join the Club
Pauletts welcomes you to our Cellar Door Experiences through our exclusive wine club. Sample our range of fine Rieslings and regional white and red wines over the most spectacular views in the Clare Valley. Choose between a bespoke tasting of your choice or our five flight tasting matched with inspired canapes prepared in our Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant.
The Clare Valley wine region is home to wonderful local produce. As a community, we’re fiercely proud of the food our region produces, from self-labelled jams, chutneys and home-grown honey, through to fine olive oil, ethically farmed meats and craft beers.
Our local pubs and restaurants, including our very own Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant, love to showcase our regional specialties on their menus. And there’s nothing better than a picnic basket stocked with fresh and delicious treats direct from one of the many farm gate stores.
Whatever you fancy, you’re guaranteed a good feed when you visit Clare.
Walk with the dinosaurs, meander among the gum trees, picnic amongst the wildflowers or pose for the Gram by a bubblegum pink lake. We’re not making this stuff up – the natural wonders of Clare Valley are like none you’ve ever seen before.
Just down the road from Pauletts you’ll find the Spring Gully Conservation Park where you can take in the views from Blue Gum Lookout, enjoy the walking trails and visit the seasonal waterfall. Be sure to keep a look out for the locals: brushtail possums, grey kangaroos and short-beaked echidnas.
Further afield, Lake Bumbunga near the town of Lochiel is a favourite for photographers as its colour changes from pink, to white, to blue, depending on the salinity of the water throughout the year.
Red Banks Conservation Park is one of the richest megafauna sites in Australia, complete with an interpretive walking trail so you can walk the path of the diprotodons, giant prehistoric wombats, that lived there over 65,000 years ago.