From the tasting team

Tasting Team on Tour: Mike Bennie visits the Clare Valley

By Mike Bennie

16 Mar, 2023

Over the next few months, each of our Tasting Team members will spend time in their dedicated regions tasting for the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion. Here's what Mike Bennie discovered during his visit to South Australia's Clare Valley.  

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Clare Valley was originally planted in the 1840s by the English journeyman John Horrocks. Following Horrocks, the Jesuit priest Father Kranewitter settled into the area, planted vines and built a winery on his property, Sevenhill. The Sevenhill winery may have been the first in Clare Valley, but with the advent of a gold mining boom, and more ambitious families settling in the area, more vineyards and wineries came about, and the wine region proper began its emergence.