The village of Sevenhill is a popular regional hub, often referred to as the ‘heart of the Clare Valley’. It’s the perfect place to start your journey on the Riesling Trail or begin a tour of local cellar doors.
East of the township is the oldest vineyard and winery in the Clare Valley – Sevenhill Cellars. One of Australia’s most picturesque and unusual wineries, it was established in 1851 by Jesuits who fled religious persecution in Europe. The vineyards and winery continue under the ownership of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Sevenhill was named by settlers who thought the landscape was similar to the countryside around Rome, the city famed for its ‘seven hills’. To the east is an especially scenic drive to Polish Hill River Valley, a notable wine sub-region; historic displays are housed in the Polish Church Museum. To the west are the Skilly Hills, offering some of the region’s most photogenic vistas, with steeply wooded slopes alongside fields under vine.
Today, Sevenhill is home to a vibrant community of shops and buildings, including the famed Sevenhill Hotel, where locals and tourists abide. There’s also a community hall, where the tradition of Friday night bingo continues to remain strong. Across the road, the popular bakery, is a must for any passer-by. The Sevenhill Producers Market is held in the town on the last Saturday of the month and features local produce, fresh food and baked items.