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    • Day 34–35

      Radln auf'm Riesling Trail

      December 16, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Am Samstag fahren wir nach Clare. Insidertipps zu Folge werden die Weine aus dem Clare Valley als die bessere und ehrlichere Alternative zum prominenteren und mittlerweile überbewerteten Barossa Valley genannt. Riesling ist die dominierende Reebsorte. Unser Campingplatz ist fußläufig zu mehreren Weinkellern gelegen. Wir buchen zwei Nächte hier.
      Motto hier: It's wine o'clock.. somewhere!

      Am Sonntag radeln wir 55 km durch die Weinberge auf dem Riesling Trail - mit e-Bikes. Nur schwer wiederstehen wir den Versuchungen der Weinverkostung auf den zahlreichen Weingütern, die auf dem Trail liegen. Aber die zunehmende Hitze verwehrt uns diesen Genuss. Das holen wir dann am Abend auf dem Sevenhill Weingut ausreichend nach. Die Reservierung ist mit Hol- und Bring-Service, also sorgenfreies Wine-Tasting!
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    • Day 37

      Wed 10 Jan. Clare Valley SA

      January 10 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Spent 2 days amongst the vineyards here in Clare. The Airbnb was lovely and the hosts very kindly left us a bottle of sparkly wine from the vineyard right on our front doorstep, Mr Mick.
      Yesterday we did start to walk the Riesling trail as that's also on our front doorstep but it was way too hot. So, as Mr Mick also does a very nice tapas lunch, of course we had to sample it, his lemon myrtle squid with chilli jam was fab..u..lous.
      Today we wandered back and had a couple of wine tasting flights before purchasing a couple of bottles to take with us to our next stop Quorn and if I thought Adelaide was feckin hot there's a possibility we might melt there as it's probably going to hit 40 degrees 😲
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    • Day 52

      Whyalla - Clare Valley (Jour 23)

      October 26, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Nous partons pour 'Port Augusta' aux alentours de 10h.
      Une fois sur place, nous faisons nos lessives au Laundromat, passons chez un mécanicien (car nos essuie-glaces nous ont lâché une fois de plus) et faisons le plein d'essence.

      Pour déjeuner, ce sera chez 'Hungry Jack's' aujourd'hui (aka Burger King). Cela faisait en effet quelques jours qu'on en avait envie, et comme la journée s'y prête parfaitement, on se laisse tenter.

      Rassasier, nous reprenons la route.
      Direction 'Clare Valley', une des nombreuses régions viticoles qui entoure la ville d'Adélaïde. Comme nous arrivons trop tard pour visiter les caves et déguster du vin (fermeture à 17h), nous nous contentons de faire le tour de la région: admirant ses paysages verdoyant et ses vignes ensoleillées à perte de vue.

      Nous passons la fin de la journée vers la côte, à chercher un endroit où dormir. Puis, une fois installé, nous passons une excellente soirée dans le van.
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    • Day 35

      Mon 8 Jan. Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

      January 8 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      We had some rain on Saturday...shock horror... so had to break out the coats. We picked up a hire car and went out to the harbour to see a big cruise liner docked there.

      Sunday we had an even bigger downpour so kept dry in a shopping mall then rain and clouds disappeared so we had a lovely late afternoon walk on the beach.

      On Monday it was time to leave Port Adelaide and make our way to the Clare Valley to the vineyards. We stopped on the way at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens where we saw our first real kangaroo with her Joey. Ken's photo of her were just her rear end, I braved a closer one, she gave me a right look so I took the photo and quickly retreated. The Botanic gardens were lovely, with some beautiful hydrangeas, the weather was perfect for walking around in.

      We have arrived in Clare now and are staying 2 minutes from the Riesling Trail.…

      Oh dear 😁😁
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    • Day 6

      Wine Adventure

      December 28, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Clare is warm! With the forecast for 38 degrees we abandoned the bike ride around a few wineries and retreated to the car. First stop was a village called Blyth. It's about 10km out of Clare on a barren plain. Note pic of Blyth and temperature gauge of car. The wind was like a blast furnace. Chose a couple of wineries for tastings then lunch at Sevenhills pub. 2 more tastings after lunch then back to the camp pool which of course was busy at 36 degrees. Some of the vintners were quite unique characters and of course are always happy to chat about their life stories.

      28th December is a bit cooler just a paltry 31 degrees and overcast. Our determination to bike to wineries was strong so off to the first one 3km up an undulating then climbing gravel road. Regan's front tyre copped a slow leak. Has been a bad run with bike tyres. We arrived at the first tasting just before opening time. The Sussex Squire is a new small winery doing amazing things, we bought a case!

      After a lot of water and wine we headed another 6km along gravel still at 31 degrees to food and another winery called Seven Hills which was initially planted by the Jesuit Brothers and still is a retreat for them. The last leg was mostly downhill so a few more tastings and headed back for a swim and well deserved rest. A few spots of rain later in the evening which was welcome even though it still 25 degrees
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    • Day 8


      May 30, 2022 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      We temporarily farewelled the Murray River with a day in Goolwa, where we took a Coorong Discovery Cruise down through the lock and past the mouth of the Murray to make a brief stop in the national park.

      The weather was pretty bad, and the southerly winds were pushing the tide up and creating quite a maelstrom at the entrance to the river. In fact we actually had to rise up in the lock to reach the level of the sea.

      The scenery, though, was fascinating, and the bleak weather made our quick visit to Storm Boy country all the more appealing. We hopped off the boat and walked some distance through the dunes into a fascinating and peaceful - if cold - environment.

      We stayed the night in Goolwa then in the morning did a rather tedious drive, skirting around Adelaide, through Gawler and on to Clare.

      There wasn’t much happening in Clare that afternoon - apart from 11-degree temperatures, strong winds and intermittent rain squalls. We arrived too late for a mooted winery lunch so did some washing instead!

      Before leaving Clare the following morning we took a drive out to Mintaro for a look around the historic town, then out to Martindale Hall - a grand stone mansion built in 1880, incredibly stylish and filled with some magnificent pieces of furniture.

      As it was built by a rich guy - he even imported 50 tradesmen from England - Martindale Hall was surrounded by a polo ground, racecourse, boating lake and a cricket pitch. Kind of makes our cabin in the caravan park seem rather puny!
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    • Day 84

      Clare Valley 😍🍷🥂

      July 6, 2023 in Australia

      I understand the southern and eastern parts of Australia have received a lot of rainfall recently but oh my god, I have never seen so much green in all my life! (And that’s saying something, coming from the Upper Murray).

      We were well and truly into the grain-growing and farming area of SA as we snaked along towards Clare Valley from Port Augusta. Perfect covers of grass and crops were growing as far as the eye could see (photos can’t do it justice) and the paddocks were immense.

      Slowly it changed into a hollow of sorts as we arrived into the Clare Valley and Clare township and it was just gorgeous, even though the weather was cold and dreary. We made an effort to get to Clare on the recommendation of a friend and I must say we’ll have to make an effort to get back there soon. The town was quite historic and well set up for tourism and we only visited one vineyard for lunch, called Pauletts, so we only touched the tip of the iceberg.
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