Join us on Wednesday the 24th of May 2023 as we do a fully guided walk on Stage 6 of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail, meet some local legends, eat some amazing food and sample award winning Clare Valley Wines.
The experience will show off each of the 3 main valleys which make up the Clare Valley Region (The Polish Hill River, Clare & Skilly Valleys), which we’ll explore on foot and by vehicle.
We start the day with 14km hike on stage 6 of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail, we’ll then reward ourselves with a delicious lunch with wine at Pauletts and then finish of the day sampling and comparing wine from the Polish Hill & Skilly Valleys.
The cost of the event is $205 per person, click here <button> to book.
About The Hike
The hike takes place on the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (stage 6) and is 14km in length, a moderate level of fitness is required.
Most of the walk is through farmland on unmaintained rough walking trails, there are also at least a couple of big hills to climb.
Walkers need to be prepared for all weather and have appropriate footware etc.
Meet Some Local Legends
(This is a draft plan as of 7/3/23, note we are in the process of confirming the participation of all locals)
During the day we’ll catch up with some key people involved in the Clare Valley Wine Community. Significantly each of the legends is a keen supporter of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail and each has the trail passing through their properties.
- Julie Barry operates the Good Catholic Girl winery & cellar door in Sevenhill, Julie is the daughter of the Clare Valley’s most famous winemaker, Jim Barry.
- (Sevenhill Cellars ?)
- Rob & Lyn Jaeschke operate the Hill River Clare Estate Wine Label and together with their sons farm a significant part of the Polish Hill River Valley.
- Matt & Ali Paulett operate the Paulett Winery & Bush Devine Cafe Restaurant and are doing amazing and creative things with their food.
- Angus Mitchell is a third generation Mitchell who operates the Mitchell Winery in the Skilly Valley with his siblings, wife & children.
About Your Guide
Your local guide is Tim Grigg.
Tim has 2 decades of experience operating adventure tours all over Australia, he is a director of Travelwild Australia Pty Ltd, which operates tours from the Clare Valley to the Kimberley and everything in between, he’s Chairperson of the Clare Valley Wine & Wilderness Trail (CVWWT) Committee and together with his hiking buddy Michael Nugent is responsible for starting the CVWWT project in 2020, which to date has completed over 60km of hiking trail through the Clare Valley. Tim also operates Clare Valley Wine Tours, so he knows a thing or two about the beautiful wine coming out of the Clare Valley as well. Importantly Tim is a keen hiker and has lived in the Clare Valley for over 20 years. Find out more about the CVWWT at cvwwt.com.au
About Your Lunch
Pauletts offer one of the best eating experiences in the Clare Valley and you will not be disappointed with the experience of sitting on their deck with a glass of wine and stunning food whilst you survay much of the valley which you have just walked through. Set on top of a commanding range the restaurant is a well deserved reward for completing a challenging walk.
You have a choice of a main which is served with a glass of wine, additional wine and tasting flights are also available at an additional cost.
About the Wine Tasting
After lunch we jump into the van and finish the day off with wine tasing at Hill River Clare Estate and Mitchell Wines in the Skilly Valley, 2 small family owned wineries who are producing some amazing wines from 2 very different valleys.