The Clare Valley

The Clare Valley poses a mystery in terms of viticulture; it has the ability to produce full-bodied red wines but can equally produce floral Rieslings that are surprisingly delicate and elegant. The Annie's Lane Rosé is a perfect example of the two styles combining together in a perfect union; produced from the full flavoured Shiraz varietal, the Rosé still maintains a light, feminine character.

Soil

140km from Adelaide, the Clare Valley forms part of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges.  The soils are quite variable ranging from red and yellow podsolic soils found on the hillsides, to red brown soils on the valley floors which possess good water-holding capacity. There are also areas of deep black soil in which merlots are said to thrive. Subsoils also vary from clay through limestone to slate and shale type rock.

Climate

High altitude, southerly latitude and varying topographies mean that the climate of the Clare Valley is actually hard to define as it can be fairly paradoxical. Some areas of the Clare Valley show signs of being warm viticultural areas whilst others suggest that it is a cooler region. Quelltaler Winery sways towards the cooler end of the spectrum as highlighted by its ability to produce fine red wines and Rieslings.

The Clare Valley is an area of South Australia that is rich in heritage and culture. From the national parks, the old mining sites, the plentiful vineyards to the little art galleries that adorn region, there is something for all. As well as the events taking place at Annie' Lane, there are a number of regional events taking place throughout the year to give you all the more reason to come to the Clare Valley for a taste of Clare culture.

Watervale

Fruit for the Annie's Lane Quelltaler wines is sourced from Watervale, a unique area within the Clare Valley. Selecting distinctive vineyard parcels and utilising traditional winemaking techniques has created a range of wines that are fine, elegant, and flavoursome.

Soil

Soils of the Clare Valley range from classic terra rossa red topsoil over limestone in the Watervale district to the broken slate of Polish Hill River. Typically the soils from most areas of the valley are free-draining and hold enough water to only require the smallest quantities of supplementary irrigation during the hottest months.

Climate

The weather data for the region points to a far warmer climate than is the case - cool afternoon breezes are the key and play a major role in slowing down the ripening process. Furthermore, altitude and position within the Valley, as well as aspect, lead to considerable variations in individual site climate. Overall, however, the climate is moderately Continental, with cool to cold nights and warm to hot summer days. The rainfall is winter-spring dominant, while relatively low humidity (and summer rainfall) means a low incidence of fungal disease.

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