Tom Barry is winemaker at Jim Barry Wines, and is a 3rd Generation Barry to boot. As it’s Australia Day on the 26th January, we thought it would be appropriate – and kinda awesome – for Tom to guide us through his secrets in the town of Clare, Australia.
Eat: You can’t go past a classic Australian pub meal at the Sevenhill Hotel. This historic pub has been here about 150 years and never fails to deliver a perfectly cooked steak.
Drink: Seed Winehouse and Kitchen is a relatively new venue in the Clare Valley but has by far the most exciting wine and drinks list. With a mixture of local and imported wines as well as their own signature cocktails it is the perfect place for a casual drink and some charcuterie.
Sleep: My uncle John and his wife Gayle run a beautiful B&B called Mundawora Mews, just outside of Clare. Guests stay in stunning stone cottages surrounded by vines and some friendly farm animals.
Shop: Clare is not exactly a shoppers paradise but my wife always manages to come home with bagfuls of homeware from The Little Red Grape.
See: No visit to the Clare Valley is complete without a bicycle ride along the Riesling Trail. The trail runs the length of the valley and follows the old railway route. The ride takes you through beautiful native bushland and vineyards, with plenty of cellar doors to stop at along the way.
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