Weekend in Clare Valley

Submitted: Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 08:39
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Just got back from Clare last night. Great place to visit. Stayed at a top little place in Mintaro. Lots of rain. Lots of reds. Got 14.7 L/100km on the way home with cruise set to 124 kph until Narrandera. Five on board plus baggage, plus 4 cases of wine. Not bad from the 4.7 V8?Bob
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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:30

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:30
Do you go to Martindale Hall?
We had the pleasure of staying overnite back in May and it was a fantastic experiance. They give you the run of the place as their philosophy is to use it or lose it. Cost was around $190.00 per head including a 4-5 course meal, accomodation and a fully cooked country breakfast. For a Sat. night you need to book 12 months ahead but during the week it is less time required. It may be a different format for mid week.
Would I go again? You betchaAl Symers
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 15:17

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 15:17
Had a quick look from the outside yesterday am - it was closed. Pretty amazing place.Bob
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Reply By: Willie - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:28

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:28
Hi Bob,

Seven Hills Monastery just east of Clare is a favourite haunt of ours. The monks there make the best fortified wines in Australia. During May each year Clare hosts the Gourmet Food and Wine festival which is a top occassion with various wineries putting on good food, good wine and live music. Each year we take it in turn who drives home so that one of us can let their hair down(whats left of it).....:-)
Cheers,
Willie

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 16:10

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 16:10
Friends stayed somewhere in Seven Hills at $310 a night. Ours was a lot downmarket but perfect for us with 3 offspring in tow. We visited Pikes, Pauletts, Knappstein and Jeanneret before hitting the O'Leary Walker opening at 2.30. Bit of a blur after that. Has to be best wine region in Oz. Margaret River is great too but pretty expensive in comparison.Bob
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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 17:41

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 17:41
Geez Bob you could have invited me to help taste all those good drops....Dont think I would have got out of pikes , hell they make a good drop as do most wineries from the valley.

I up that way in a few weeks to do some fishing but I am spoilt...cos I live only 1.5 hrs away so I dont need to drop into Taylors, Jim Barrys', Skillogalee's, Leasingham or Kirrabilly and all the others that I cant recall.

Hope you like our wines as much as I do some of those from Margret River.

The Clare food and wine Festival is a favourite and if you are considering going book early to avoid disappointment.Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 18:05

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 18:05
Richard,
technically I am in the Canberra region and we do have some pretty good local wines. I am on 20 acres in the hills north of Queanbeyan and there are quite a few of my neighbours having a go. One day I will plant a few vines, but for now I will just enjoy the Jeanneret shiraz that I have just opened.Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 08:11

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 08:11
r u teasing me Bob!
Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: Mick - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 23:11

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 23:11
Folks, the winery is at Seven Hill not Hills. Bob I bet you wish you had a diesel when you suck up fuel at that rate on cruise. Shudder to think what it must be like off road or working at all hard!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 17:34

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 17:34
Yeah, thinking about gas conversion. Bob
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