New additions to the Riesling Trail

  1. Allan Mayfield, John Dickeson and Ron Wurst installing the
    Polish Hill River sign on Jolly Way.
    [Road to Mintaro, where the Polish Hill River Church and Museum are located].
  2. New bench/seat at the edge of Riesling trail, south of Showgrounds at the gate used by the parkrun event. Thank you for the photo Linley May.

Australia Day Awards

Allan Mayfield, Chairman of the Riesling Trail Committee was awarded Citizen of the Year on Australia Day. Congratulations and well deserved for the dedication you have to, not only the Riesling Trail also to the Clare Lions where you have developed many initiatives as well. With Allan is his wife Sue.

Allan Mayfield, Chairman, Riesling Trail Committee

Allan Mayfield

We are pleased and proud to announce that Clare resident Allan Mayfield has been named South Australia’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year – as well as being our Council’s northern area Citizen of the Year.

South Australia’s Citizen of the Year 2020:
Allan Mayfield (Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council)

It has been said that very few people within the Clare Valley have not benefited in some way from the work achieved by Allan Mayfield. An agronomist by trade, demonstrating strong leadership with a practical and conciliatory approach towards problem solving, Allan has also devoted himself to numerous community events and committees. Allan has increased the profile of Clare, not only in SA, but also nationally and internationally. From securing funding from Federal and State Governments to extend The Riesling Trail, contributing to the community through Lions, to liaising with local governments and discussing issues with landowners.

Comment from Mayor:
The Clare & Gilbert Valleys community is extremely pleased and proud of Allan Mayfield for his selection as South Australian Citizen of the Year.
He has always exhibited a willingness to lead and is a great motivator, having overseen many positive outcomes by way of community events and facilities.
Allan’s skills have been shared equally with young people and adults, who have all benefited from his knowledge and generosity.
As well as a lifelong interest in fitness, Allan has a strong background in agriculture which has allowed him to support the local farming community with specific projects and he has become a ‘go to’ person for farming issues.
A Member of the Lions Club of Clare District, Allan also has a strong community focus and his support of the Clare Valley’s world-renowned Riesling Trail, particularly as chairman of its management committee, has seen Allan continue in a leadership role to drive several key projects.
He has also been selected as our Council’s northern area Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2020.
An inspirational community leader, Allan is a local icon and someone whose quiet and insightful leadership has contributed to the wellbeing of his community.
Mayor Wayne Thomas
Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council

Opening of the new Auburn Connector and the new Arch on the Riesling Trail at the junction of Archer Street in Auburn

The Riesling Trail Management Committee
The new Auburn Connector

The Riesling Trail AGM for 2019

Notice of AGM

The AGM of the Riesling Trail Management Committee will be held on

Thursday October 10th at 7.00 pm

at the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre Centre

Guest Speaker will be Mick Mittiga

“Tourism opportunities linked to the Riesling Trail”

Refreshments and a light supper will follow.


Nominations for the new committee (signed by proposer and seconder) are to be received by

Sue Wurst 0408 890 257 or

Allan Mayfield 0418 818 569

by Thursday 3rd October.  Please contact these people for the nomination forms.

Enquiries can also be made to Allan Mayfield


$5,000 cheque from Waterloo Wind Farm Board

Allan Mayfield receiving with thanks, $5,000 grant from Waterloo Windfarm for Auburn Archway.
Photo:  Lindsey Ward, CEO Waterloo Wind Farm board, Hannah Willson, Waterloo Wind Farm Operations Manager, Allan Mayfield, Chairman Riesling Trail Management Committee.

Receiving cheque from Waterloo Windfarm

AGM – Chairman’s Report 2018

Riesling Trail Management Committee

Chairman’s report, AGM, 11th October, 2018

I am pleased to present my 6th report as Chairman of the Riesling Trail Management Committee.  Use of the trail by locals and visitors is continuing to increase – at a rate of 7 per cent each year.  The trail has also been used for several major events this year.  These include the Half Marathon, Cycling Classic, Railway Centenary celebration and completion of the Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare.  The entire trail from Auburn to Clare has now been resurfaced and plans are well under way to complete the final one kilometre section of the trail into Auburn.

Riesling Trail developments

The big news is that we now have the funding ($320,000) to complete the Riesling Trail into Auburn and so linking directly with the Rattler Trail. This involves rebuilding a 60m long bridge across the River Wakefield, constructing 1km of trail along the old railway track and putting safety rails in place for the crossing at Horrocks Highway.  This also includes clearing some Aleppo pines along the western side of the highway so we have the required line of sight for trail users to cross safely.  We are also planning to improve facilities at the car park at Mt Horrocks Wines (the old Auburn railway station), including seats, a shelter and interpretive signs about the local history.  All being well we should have all of this completed by the middle of next year.

click here to read entire AGM Report.