Clare Valley, one of Australia’s oldest wine producing regions, is just a two hour drive north of Adelaide. The area is the proud home of Australian Riesling and is dotted with historic sites, quaint boutique accommodation and some of the best foodie experiences in the country.
Clare Valley is a hidden gem full unique experiences such as cycling through the Riesling Trail, taste testing at over 30 wineries and cellar doors, and sampling some of the best food produced in the region.
Watch the leaves turn as you ride, eat and drink your way through the picturesque countryside. The Clare Classic is the perfect excuse to stay and discover the charms of the Clare Valley.
Clare Valley snapshot
Weather in April:
Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Clare Valley, with temperatures averaging 21 degrees Celsius in the daytime.
Distance from Adelaide:
How to get there:
It is a two hour drive between Clare Valley and Adelaide. Cars can be hired from Adelaide or from Adelaide Airport.
A coach service operates between Adelaide and Clare Valley. Visit ypcoaches.com.au for more information.
Pickups and car tours can also be arranged from the Clare Valley Aerodrome. Visit clarevalleytours.com.au for more information.
Where to stay:
There are options for every budget, from luxury retreats, glamping, quaint B&B’s, and motels. Visit clarevalley.com.au/stay/accommodation-directory/ or camp under the stars at the Clare Showground, rates start from $25/night per site. CLICK HERE to book.
Driving and cycling are the best ways to get around the Clare Valley. There are also many local tour operators available. Visit clarevalley.com.au/explore/tours/
For more information on what to do, see and eat in the Clare Valley, check out the Clare Valley Visitor Guide
Updated Trail Offers & Map
Your go-to guide to what’s on in the Clare Valley on the weekend of the Clare Classic and exclusive offers.
From wineries to local producers, there is something for everyone.
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For more things to do, see and eat, CLICK HERE to check out the Clare Valley Visitor Guide.
What’s on Saturday 7 April
Tenori @ Greg Cooley Wines
Saturday 7 April, 5.30PM-9.PM
Brice Hill Country Lodge, 56-66 Warenda Rd, Clare
Join Greg Cooley Wines on the lawns at Brice Hill Country Lodge and enjoy some food, wine and local hospitality with the boys from TENORI! With everything from the great Opera classics to Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Leonard Cohen and James Taylor, we guarantee you’ll love our MEN IN BLUE – 3 of Australia’s finest tenors and founding members of the original Ten Tenors.
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To book, call Kelli at Greg Cooley Wines on 0421 055 799.
Clare Caravan Park Buffet
Saturday 7 April, 6.30PM
Discovery Parks, Clare
Price: $20 per person
Clare Classic riders and your supporters are welcome to carb up before the big ride with a buffet dinner at Clare Caravan Park. Menu includes dishes such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Creamy Chicken & Vegetables, Fruit Platters and more.
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Bookings essential, please email [email protected] by April 1st.
Jeanneret Wine Down After Party
After every Gran Fondo comes the best part. Feasting! Drinking! Relaxing! Jeanneret have you covered, we plan to hang out and stay a while. Come and check out the new Jeanneret Cellar Door and Clare Valley Brewing Beer Garden. There’s fresh craft beers on tap by Clare Valley Brewing Co and of course Jeanneret Wines! If you are not riding, please plan to join the party that starts at 1:00PM. More information coming your way shortly [watch this space].
Shut The Gate + Indii
Shut The Gate Cellar Door
8453 Main North Rd, Clare SA 5433.
P 08 88434114
Saturday 7 April
Food 11am-4pm, Music 2pm-8pm
Spice it up with traditional Northern Indian Tandoori Oven deliciousness. Chill out to the breezy tunes of Subtle Art in the Shut The Gate Bliss Garden. STG wines by the glass, local craft beers and good friends make it a soothing Saturday. Repeat after me…Murgh malai kebab. Masaledar murgh ke tikke. Lamb Glafi kebab. Mini Naan. Tandoori vegies. Secret Spices.
Cafes Open Sunday Morning
Fuel up before the ride with a coffee and breaky from one of the local cafes. The following cafes are conveniently located near the start line and will be open before the event.
Open from 6.00AM
Located near Ennis Park, Zest will be providing coffee and light food. Zest also has a large under cover dining area.
Open from 6.30AM
Offering a range of coffees, milk shakes, hot and cold breakfast items and tasty cakes, including Gluten Free.
Open from 6.00AM
Local Italian Pizza & Pasta bar will be open from 6am to serve coffee and fuel riders.
Main Street Bakehouse
Open from 6.30AM
Main Street Bakehouse will be serving coffee and a range of food including, Hot Ham & Cheese Croissant, Egg and bacon sandwiches and rolls, Fruit Bread and more.
Event Village Area
Clare Town Oval, next to the finish line
You’ve completed the ride and now it’s time to relax! Chill out with live music from local artist Brad Brysky, indulge in the gourmet cuisine of the Clare Valley, check out our partner stalls and most importantly, claim your free beer or wine!
Eating Out Guide
Looking to taste the local cuisine during your stay in the Clare Valley? There are a range of local restaurants, pubs and wineries who will be serving food on the weekend Clare Classic.
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