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Winery, Cafes AND seed

With COVID19 being in our daily life visit’s to local wineries and cafes have taken a bit of a hit this year.

Even so, we managed to visit a couple of places that are worth a mention.

Eldredge Vineyards (www.eldredge.com.au) on Spring Gully Rd Scenic Drive is worth a stop for a lazy Sunday afternoon or weekday visit. You can make up your own cheese platter whilst sampling a wine paddle which is what we opted for.

One Restaurant to look out for is Seed (seedclarevalley.com) in the Main Street of Clare. It is an impressive site (which is a contrast to the dismal CBA bank building it started as). A beautiful mural adorns the Burton St lane next to it. The Rooftop is open now and the Bistro & Deli will be open soon. I can’t say how good/bad it is as haven’t dined there as yet.

Speaking of murals another has popped up just off the Main North Road at the Post Office which brightens the street-scape even more.

On a recent town garage sale Saturday we stopped to grab lunch at The Booyoolee Brew, Port Street in Gladstone (76kms north of Clare) www.facebook.com/TheBooyooleeBrew/ Once a pub the new owners have turned the old building into a lovely cafe with seating out front and for winter a cosy dining room or covered area with open wood fires. Try the Baked Bean Muffins – Yummo!!

On a quick two day trip to The Big Smoke (around Adelaide) we stayed near Semaphore, west of Port Adelaide. In Semaphore main street we found two places worth a mention (but I’m sure there’s heaps more)

Barry’s Burgers (www.barrysburgers.com.au) have very filling and tasty burgers and THE BEST CHIPS!

On leaving we shouted ourselves breakfast at Froot Cafe (www.facebook.com/frootcafesemaphore) The most delicious Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had and Pancakes and Bacon with Maple Syrup (we shared!) Quick friendly service and hot coffee! Note: always look where the locals are eating!!

Cellar Doors: Pikes Wines, Simpson Rices Crk, Matriarch & Rogue, Sevenhill Cellars

Some more Cellar Doors with Nosh Houses….

Pikes Wines,  on the road to Mintaro @ Sevenhill, is a must do when in the Clare Valley. They have a new restaurant called Slate, which is also wine tasting. Just take a look at their website and you’ll see the selection of wine on offer. 1885, Pikes Dorset Brewery to 1940’s soft drinks, cordial & tonic water.

Simpson Rices Creek, Auburn – offers tastings, coffee, a licensed cafe, a gift store & mini golf 18 hole. We did all the above!

Matriarch & Rogue, in the main street of Clare (next to Mitre10). Open Friday, Sat & Sun 12-6. Grab lunch in Clare & do a tasting, all within walking distance!

Sevenhill Cellars, the first winery established in the Clare Valley. Settled by the Society of Jesus (Austrian Jesuits in 1851) and it continues today.  St Aloysius’s Church started in 1864, completed in 1875. The church has the only crypt below a parish church in Australia. After tastings you can wander through the Winery Museum & underground cellars, the church & the vineyards. Also a cheese platter can be supplied to enjoy in the green lush grounds along with your favourite wine selection.

We have spent the past year visiting many of The Clare Valley’s cellar doors, cafes & restaurants. Lots more to see….lots more to taste!

Clare Cellar Doors: Stone Bridge, Shut the Gate, Kirrihill, Taylors, Mr Mick

Some more Cellar Doors we’ve visited over the past few months….

Stone Bridge Wines off Spring Gully Road, Sevenhill is a casual, dog  & people friendly cellar door and family owned winery. Between September & May they offer wood oven pizzas….and DESSERT pizzas! SOOO YUMMM! Their wines are easy drinking & well priced. We often take visitors there for a casual lunch.

Shut the Gate Wines on Main North Road, just south of Clare before the Info Centre, is easy to access, has a lovely area to eat lunch (you can make up your own picnic from their selection of local produce) & the wines aren’t bad too!

Kirrihill Wines, next to Kirrihill Bakery (handy for a cake & coffee after) on Main North Rd south of Clare, is a friendly cellar door with easy drinking wines.

Taylors Wines,  in Auburn is another winery offering tastings with option of cheese platters, pizzas on some weekends and tours. Three generations of winemakers have successfully produced some lovely wines catering to many tastes. We enjoy the ‘Taylor Made’ Malbec.

Mr Mick Wines,  located in Clare, offers cellar door tastings and tapas style dining. We also take visitors there for tastings & lunches. The staff are always friendly and helpful. Our favourite wines are the Vermentino, Tempranillo and the Tawny.