Penwortham sits within a picturesque valley and is an early settlement of the Clare Valley, one of South Australia’s prominent wine regions.
It’s the perfect place to take a cosy holiday and recharge the batteries. Stay in a charming local cottage, and venture out to the welcoming wineries and cellar doors scattered throughout the area. Famous local wine labels include Stringy Brae, Skillogalee and, of course, Penwortham.
Young explorer John Ainsworth Horrocks established his family property at Penwortham in 1840. His orginial cottage, Green’s Cottage, is administered by the Mount Horrocks Historical Society. Today a cairn in Horrocks’s honour marks the gateway into the secluded bushland of Penwortham cemetery where a number of those early settlers, including Horrock, are buried.
The Clare Valley itself represents an authentic slice of country life. Whether you’re walking through its intimate villages, cycling the Riesling Trail, or exploring the country roads and bushland, you can’t help but fall for the region’s natural charms.
When you sample the local produce at a farmhouse tasting room, you may find yourself talking to the person whose name is on the label. And when you try a Riesling at one of the region’s award-winning wineries, you might just find yourself chatting to the winemaker, and hearing first hand about the meticulous craft that went into making it.