Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Reisling Trail

The Reisling Trail is from Auburn to Watervale 9km, Watervale to Sevenhill 9km and Sevenhill to Clare 7km. Among the things we chose to do around Clare was to drive over to Mintaro which was established in 1849 and is now part of a state heritage area.

Here you will discover stone churches, cottage gardens, an antique shop (where CJ Dennis, the poet spent most of his childhood), a ruined flour mill, the Magpie and Stump Hotel, the Mintaro Maze and not far out of town is Martindale Hall (this was used as the ladies college featured in the 1975 film “Picnic at Hanging Rock”).  This opulent Georgian hall has a self guided tour that will give you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the state’s wealthy gentry.  

In Mintaro they have managed to maintain the old Blue-stone buildings and the essence of rural life.  From there we drove over to Auburn, where again lovely restored blue-stone buildings still reign,  although no longer used as in their previous life they have been revitalised into B & B’s, restaurants, gourmet coffee shops, antique shops and the like.  This is the birthplace of CJ Dennis over 120 years ago.  Last but not least on the agenda was a visit to the oldest winery

Sevenhill Cellars was established by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1851 to produce sacramental wine and still does to this day and it is also one of the oldest wineries and vineyards in Clare Valley.

 Sevenhill Cellars are also highly regarded for their premium table wines.  It is the only remaining Jesuit owned winery in Australia. 

Sevenhill's celebrated old stone winery and cellar door, stately St Aloysius' Church, the College building, spacious gardens and the surrounding vineyards provide visitors with a memorable experience of a welcoming and tranquil place.

 Inside the cellar doors were barrels and barrels of wine and we were able to wander through their cellars and the attached museum.  They even stock cake made in the New Norcia Bakery in W.A. 

 We topped off our trip in the Clare Valley with a meal at the Taminga Hotel.  We left Clare yesterday, for a trip to Adelaide.  We were going to spend the night at Mallila, but after a phone call from friends already in Adelaide we decided to go directly into St Kilda about 10kms from Adelaide.  We have sent up camp inside the Tram Museum and will spend about 10 days here visiting Adelaide and the surrounds.   

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