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Population: 2,591 In the beautiful northern Mt Lofty Ranges, Clare nestles among wooded hills and orderly vineyards. Its earliest settlers were Irish, and it's one of the few South Australian districts where an Irish influence can be detected in the lifestyle and culture. Clare is the centre of a prosperous pastoral community and an important wine industry. The Clare Valley's slopes and valley floors provide a cooler climate for later maturation than in the Barossa Valley, and the district's wines have a reputation for quality and character. It's one of the most picturesque wine producing areas in Australia.