Like wine? and like riding your bike? Or perhaps you just like drinking wine and not having to drive a car. Whatever the reason you've ended up here we think the Riesling Trail has a little something to offer everyone. This post goes over our Riesling trail cycling itinerary along with the wineries we visited, the food we ate and the wine we bought!
The trail is 35 km and runs from Auburn to Clare (or vice versa). It passes by a lot of great vineyards and wineries and passes through some beautiful countryside. Depending on the winery that you visit they may or may not charge for a tasting (usually around 5 wines). If they do charge, then they'll usually take the amount off any bottles of wine that you purchase.
Now we won't pretend that we're super knowledgeable about wine so we won't delve into the details of everything we drank. However, someone who is super knowledgeable about wines is our friend Chloe from Crush at Social. You can find her blog post on the regions best wines here.
Note: If you didn't come prepared with your own bike don't stress, you're not alone. There are a few bike hire places in town. We'd suggest hitting the visitor information centre in Clare and getting some info there!
Camping and Accomodation Options
First things first, you'll need somewhere to stay in the Clare Valley. There are plenty of Airbnb options available along the trail and in the towns it passes through. Or if you, like us, are camping then there are 2 good options that we checked out.
The Riesling Trail - Our Day on The Bikes
Our first stop was just down the road from the visitors centre. Shut The Gate Wines offers free tastings, and has a small goods store with a selection of meats, cheese, olives etc - everything you need for a picnic.
We purchased some 2018 "The Forager" Shiraz for $28. It is delicious.
Next up we headed to Tim Adams Wines. A tasting flight costs $10 per person and this $10 is taken off any money spent on wine (over a certain amount).
Worth noting is that they offer a wine and cheese tasting flight in which they match 5 artisan cheeses with 5 single vintage wines for $35 - this appeared to be pretty popular!
Here we splurged a little.
We bought 2 bottles, The 2016 Ladera Tempranillo ($40) and The Fergus, a blend of Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec ($28).
Next up we headed to Sevenhill Cellars. this one had been recommended to us by a few people, not only for it's wine, but also for its history and setting. Sevenhill Cellars was the first winery in the Clare Valley and there is a stunning church on the grounds, surrounded by vines. It's a pretty beautiful place.
Here again the tasting flight costs $10, but this is taken off any wine you purchase.
We bought The Inigo 2018 Malbec for $28.
Pikes Brewery (and Winery)
Also worth a mention is Pikes Brewery. We visited here the day before our bike adventure and got a tasting paddle along with some hot chippies! The beer was great, we're told the wine is great and the setting is pretty special.
G'day I'm Bec
I'm an Aussie who loves travelling, hiking, trail running and pretty much any activity you can do outdoors.
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