A historic village,
nestled amongst the vineyards
Situated in the famous Clare Valley wine region, just under 2 hours drive from Adelaide, Mintaro is a small, charming and largely untouched historic town in South Australia. Mintaro and the surrounding Clare Valley area is filled with scenic wineries, craft breweries, cafes, and restaurants to sample the best of the Clare Valley’s producers. Cycle or walk the Riesling Trail from Clare to Auburn while taking in the stunning landscape and heritage buildings.
Wineries and Restaurants
Mintaro is located in the renowned Clare Valley wine region, meaning visitors can enjoy award-winning wines straight from the source. Koerner and Pikes Wines are two well-known local wineries in the Clare Valley, and their wines are available for tasting and purchase at their cellar doors. There are also plenty of great places to eat in Mintaro and the surrounding Clare Valley, with restaurants such as The Magpie and Stump or Reillys Wines Cellar Door and Restaurant offering delicious food to the backdrop of stunning wine country. Whether you're looking to enjoy some of the region's best wines or sample the local cuisine, Mintaro and the surrounding Clare Valley is sure to impress.
History and Heritage
Mintaro was established in 1849 as an important stopover on the road between Burra and Port Wakefield. By 1860 Mintaro was also South Australia's leading producer of high quality slate. Stone produced by the Mintaro slate quarry was used locally, as well as in many significant buildings in Adelaide and elsewhere. As South Australia's first heritage listed town, there is an abundance of history waiting to be explored in Mintaro and the surrounding Clare Valley region. Take a step back in time and visit the famous sandstone Martindale Hall, or grab an e-bike and enjoy the picturesque nearby Riesling Trail, passing by a variety of cellar doors and historic buildings.
Arts and Culture
Clare Valley is well known for its idyllic countryside and winding roads flanked by rows of vines. The Clare Valley is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Inspiration can be found around every corner in Clare Valley, from the beautiful landscape to the friendly locals and the delicious produce. This inspiration is reflected in the work of local artists, who can be found exhibiting their paintings, sculptures, jewellery and more in the many galleries, restaurants, wineries and pubs throughout the region including Art @ Auburn, the Burra Regional Art Gallery, or the Art Gallery at Pikes Wines.
Throughout the year, Clare Valley plays host to a number of art events, music festivals and food and wine celebrations – the most popular being the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend. So whether you’re a foodie, a wine enthusiast or simply an admirer of good art, Clare Valley has something for everyone.
If you're looking for a place to relax and soak up some history, culture, and natural beauty, then Mintaro in the Clare Valley is the perfect destination for you. Come and experience everything this historic town has to offer from your base at Mintaro Cottage.