About Pauletts

“We drove in and suddenly this vista just blew my mind.  Immediately, I knew this was the spot for our winery.

~ Neil Paulett

Pauletts is home to the best Riesling in the world and the most spectacular views in the Clare Valley. Our wines are a true expression of the full-bodied fruit from our vines and the unique characteristics of the Polish Hill River region.

Two men in harvesting at the vineyard

Our vineyard

Family owned and operated since 1983, Neil and Alison Paulett founded the winery now helmed by son Matt and his wife Ali.

As a small-batch winery, the fruit from our vines speaks for itself. We choose quality over yield to ensure the wine we produce is a true expression of vintage, variety and the unique characteristics of our Polish Hill River site.

It’s our privilege to share our wines at the cellar door. Our award-winning winery restaurant, Bush DeVine, celebrates local produce and our very own bush food garden.

Bottle of Alison wine

Our wines

Pauletts carries on the proud family tradition of producing regional wines that showcase the elegance and intensity of the Clare Valley wine region.

Our Rieslings are world famous for the flinty minerality so distinctive to Polish Hill. Our range of reds is true to the Clare Valley, smooth and restrained with delicate tannins. We produce a quality range of regional whites, exceptional sparkling wines and our very own Last Minute Beer.

Our wines have received many awards both at home and abroad, but nothing makes us happier than seeing a bottle of Pauletts shared over good times with family and friends. We hope every glass creates a memorable moment.

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Our proudest moment

Pauletts’ 2005 Aged Release Polish Hill Riesling was awarded the Best Riesling in the World against a field of 500 at the 11th Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

For Neil and Alison, it’s an accolade that means the world, an endorsement of the passion and perseverance of the Pauletts team.

So what exactly is the secret behind making the world’s best Riesling?

Well, we could tell you that the Polish Hill River region is ideally suited for Riesling. The minerality and natural acidity of the soil combined with good winter rains, hot summer days tempered by cool nights and a long ripening period consistently produce grapes of exceptional flavours and balance.

Or we could share Neil’s version, “The season was kind, the vineyard did the right thing, we got it off the vine and we didn’t stuff it up through the winery. It was just one of those marvellous times.”

Join the Club

Pauletts welcomes you to our Cellar Door Experiences through our exclusive wine club. Sample our range of fine Rieslings and regional white and red wines over the most spectacular views in the Clare Valley. Choose between a bespoke tasting of your choice or our five flight tasting matched with inspired canapes prepared in our Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant.

Our hospitality

At Pauletts we love to share our wine and everything that our beautiful region has to offer. We welcome everyone to our cellar door, offering a range of tasting experiences to suit every palate.

Up on the deck, overlooking the rolling hills of the Clare Valley, our restaurant Bush DeVine celebrates local produce and our very own Australian bush food garden.

It’s hard to believe that our little cellar door that was once an old-time shed has been transformed into an award-winning cellar door and restaurant.

Visit us to find out why Pauletts was awarded Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award 2020 and Best Tourism Restaurant at the 2020 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence.

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Our legacy

Picture this… it’s the early eighties, the nation is in deep recession and suffering through a relentless drought. A young winemaker and his wife pack up their family and move halfway across the country.

Their dream is to build their very own winery, a legacy for future generations. They choose the most beautiful spot in the Clare Valley, a region that is only just starting to make a name for itself in wine circles.

It’s an impossible dream come true, and it’s the story of how Neil and Alison founded Pauletts.

Fast forward to today, and that legacy is well underway, as the label that boasts the best Riesling in the world continues to flourish under the custodianship of Matt and Ali, the next in line at Pauletts.

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Our commitment

At Pauletts, sustainability is at the heart of our winemaking. We’ve long been committed to looking after our land for the generations to come.

The 66 hectares we have under vine have not been irrigated since 1999, a choice we made to protect our precious groundwater. All our vineyards are underplanted with clover and medics, providing a natural mulch that balances the soil.

We’ve made investment into solar power and recycling water through reed beds. We put energy into looking after the land in the hope that it will produce wonderful wines for many years to come.

Do yourself a favour and visit!

Do yourself a favour and visit; you will not be disappointed, but make sure you book as it did get extremely busy and you do want to leave yourself a few hours to enjoy the food, wine and views.

January 2021

Each course was amazing

Each course was amazing and the flavours unique and delicious. We also enjoyed a bottle of their sparkling Riesling.

January 2021

Great recommendation

We decided on this restaurant for our 24th wedding anniversary treat after it had been recommended to us and we were not disappointed. We had the five course long lunch. To start, we had the bread with whipped butter which was absolutely amazing; we loved it so much we ordered more.

January 2021

Never disappoints

I have dined at Pauletts many times and as the title says, it never disappoints. Tasty, innovative dishes, friendly informed staff and a fantastic view. We chose the “5 courses long lunch”, every dish amazing. We will definitely be back

January 2021

Great wine flight experience

Stopped here whilst we were bike riding along the Riesling Trail. We booked in for the 45 minute wine flight, which was a wonderful experience. We got to pick from five different wines to enjoy that were paired with delicious canapés. We really enjoyed each wine and the matching of the food was perfect. We actually weren’t aware how much the flight experience was going to cost, and we were super surprised that it was only $20 per head. Such an amazing price for a wonderful experience! The staff are very lovely and friendly. Also, the venue has beautiful sweeping views of the valley and surrounding landscapes.

June 2020

 

What an experience!

Wow, this was a great experience… Now, I have done a lot of wine tasting in my time, living in a wine region myself, but the experience with James was probably one of the best! He was so knowledgeable about the local wines and really personable, testing us on what we could taste in the wines and making the whole experience really fun and educational. We then moved on to the restaurant where we chose to do the tasting menu with matching wines. We were blown away by the food and loved the native touches… very unique and a great experience.

February 2020

 

Lovely lunch

We started off our stay in Clare with lunch at Pauletts. The deck has a casual vibe and was comfortable to dine there, even in winter. The service was very friendly and accommodating of the vegan in our party. The food was just lovely! I’m still thinking about the mushrooms! I’d go again!

July 2020

Lovely food and wine on the deck

The restaurant has a large deck (which can be enclosed and heated!) with a lovely setting overlooking lush, green pastures. You can do wine tastings and grab a meal throughout the day. We opted for a cheese platter, which allows you to choose three cheeses from the daily board and is partnered by some lovely accompaniments… thoroughly recommend!

August 2020

 

Phenomenal

This is one of the best places I’ve eaten in my life. Waitstaff squeezed us in for a late lunch, despite being booked out. Service was informative and friendly, and the menu was comprehensive, catering to my food intolerances. Native ingredients were used in every dish.
The view from our table was amazing. Thank you to everyone at Pauletts for our amazing experience.

July 2020

Wonderful wine tasting

Gorgeous winery setting. We did the $20 wine flight. Five generous tastes, each matched with a lovely canape. All very good. $10 refundable on $50 purchase. They also do casual tasting for $10. Lunch on the deck also looked great. Recommended.

June 2020

Beautiful food in a beautiful location

Popped in for an early lunch on a post-COVID wet Monday and got squeezed in onto one of only two un-booked tables. The spelt bread and saltbush butter were great, and the mains – duck and pork belly – were just brilliant. One glass of wine (anything off the list) was plenty as we still had quite a bit of driving to do.

June 2020

Worth visit to Clare Valley

The trip to the Clare Valley is worth the trip, just to eat at Bush DeVine Winery Restaurant. It isn’t just the delicious food, it is also about the wonderful waitstaff, with a nod especially to Grace, who was brilliant. Then there is the location – the view is beautiful across the valley.

September 2020

Beautiful lunch in the Clare Valley

Had the long lunch for two with the pairing of wines! Four courses, each absolutely superb and with the accompanying wines was a great idea! We couldn’t resist desserts so we had those too! Will certainly return for the winter menu and can’t wait! All staff are very knowledgeable and all had excellent customer service! Awesome lunch!

March 2020

Absolutely fabulous

Absolutely wonderful experience. We elected the long lunch. Every dish created and served with passion. Highly recommended.

February 2020

Must visit

Must visit – the food was fabulous and great wines – take your time and enjoy the experience – family friendly!

July 2020

Long lunch

Lovely scenery, beautiful wines paired with amazing entrees/appies. A must try is the Master Chicken, which is very shareable.

January 2020

EVENTS

5-7 February 2021

Cellar Door
Fest 2021

Cellar Door Fest offers the ultimate opportunity to learn about South Australia's unparalleled wine regions, buzzing craft brew and distillery scenes and incredible produce.

14-17 May 2021

Clare Valley
Gourmet Weekend 2021

Join us at Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend to meet local winemakers - including the team from Pauletts - and find out first-hand what makes our region incredible.

25-27 June 2021

Good Food
and Wine 2021

Calling all food and wine lovers! At Good Food and Wine 2021 you can enjoy a fun-filled day out with friends and family, sampling the latest foods and wines, and take home the best products.