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Visitors are lured to the Clare Valley by the region’s world-class wines and they have high expectations of their wine experience.  With this in mind, the Clare wine industry has launched Clare Valley Rocks, a project which allows tourists to discover the earth beneath the vines.

Wine is a matter of taste, but where does that taste come from?  Well it starts with the rocks and the soil which combined with many other factors in the vineyard, the winery and the history of the bottle, contributes to the goût de terroir of the finished wine.  This French expression describes the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

This project invites visitors to discover how different rocks and soils play a role in the wine you taste.  Visitors are able to pick up a CVR brochure and map at cellar doors throughout the region and explore the 12 interpretive geological sites situated around the Clare Valley, each site displaying a predominant geological feature.  Wine tourists can also visit many wineries in the Clare Valley and find examples of their dominant soil profiles on display which relate directly to the wines that are offered for tasting.  Soil sampling at more than 50 vineyard sites throughout the valley was carried out to provide these profiles.

Project sponsors Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated and Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association say it is a landmark undertaking, describing the soils and its underlying geology as the foundation of the Clare Valley’s wine industry.

Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association President Troy van Dulken said, from a grape growing perspective, it was great to see what lay underneath the vines and gave visitors to the Clare valley an insight into the enormous variation of soil types and the challenges for growers that brought with it.

“It also underlies the great job that grape growers do, growing amazing quality grapes for the winemakers to turn into liquid expressions of the Clare Valley,” he said.

More detailed information can be found at the Clare Valley Rocks website, including detailed information on the soils, climate and geology of the Clare Valley and its ground water flow.

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2016 AGM.

The upcoming AGM will be held at 3.30pm on Monday, September 26th at the Stables, Rising Sun Hotel, Auburn. This will be followed by drinks with members of the Clare Valley Winemakers Association at 5pm.  More information soon.

Member Session on Amalgamation Well Attended.

Thank you to many members who attended the "Have Your Say" session on amalgamation.  John Bastian facilitated the session, presenting information on proposed organisational and operational structures, funding models and strategic aims of an amalgamated organisation.  Click here to see the presentation.

New Release - Managing Eutupa DieBack Grower Resource Kit 

Take a look at the newly released "Managing Eutypa Dieback" grower resource kit, including a series of factsheets and video clips, in our 'Information and  Resources' section.

2016 Phylloxera Board Winegrape Crush Survey

Statistics about the Clare Valley grape crush for 2016 have been released, showing an annual crush of about 21,000 tonnes up 25% on last years crush. The average price of the major red varieties increased despite increased tonnage with the price of Shiraz increasing by $158/t to $1,424/t.  The results for white varieties were mixed.  Area undervine in the Clare Valley remains at about 5,200ha.  

Refresher training session - Assessment of Eutypa Dieback - 29th September 2016

Eutypa dieback assessment training was run in November 2015, encouraging all Clare Valley grape growers to monitor the incidence of the disease in thier vineyards.  Grape growers were encouraged to assess vineyard blocks and submit these assessements to be collated by the association.  As vine canopies were larger than desirable, many growers decided to wait until the coming season to do their eutypa dieback assessment.  A refresher training session will be held on the 29th September 2016 after which the association will be calling for all growers to get involved in assessing their own blocks as part of a coordinated regional program.

Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association Committee 2015-16

President: Troy van Dulken
Vice President: Ben Mitchell
Treasurer: Peter Burner
Secretary: Alister Sandow
General Committee: Kerry Ward, David Olssen, Geoff Lewis, Andrew Pike (CVWI rep), Roy Crabb (CVVIS rep), John Barry, James Arnold, Aaron Ackland.


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