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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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Clare Valley Rocks Stage 2 - Sub-regions proposal consultation

Thank you to our members who attended the industry consultation sessions for the Clare Valley Rocks sub-regionalisation proposal on May 24th. Close to 50 people attended the two sessions to hear about the reasons for embarking on the project and the objective way in which the proposed sub-regions have been defined.
The sub-regions proposal was created to give a regional marketing advantage. The steering committee believes creating a sense of place is critical to modern-day marketing and that sub-regional classification will add another dimension of interest in the region, promote its diversity and help to raise the profile of our red varieties.”
For more information please contact Executive Officer Anna Baum on 0417 817 776.

Coming Soon - Eutupa DieBack Grower Resource Kit

The "Managing Eutypa Dieback" grower resource kit which includes a series of factsheets and video clips, is nearing completion and will be released in July 2016.

2015 Phylloxera Board Winegrape Crush Survey

Statistics about the Clare Valley grape crush for 2015 have been released, showing an annual crush of about 16,000 tonnes and small inprovements in grape prices of white varieties on the previous season.  Area undervine in the Clare Valley remains at about 5,300ha.  Statistics for the 2016 vintage will be released in August.

Refresher training session - Assessment of Eutypa Dieback 

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 in late 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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