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Mintaro is a historic town in the eastern Clare Valley, about 128 km north of Adelaide, South Australia east of the Horrocks Highway. The town lies at the south-eastern corner of the Hundred of Clare, within the Clare Valley wine region. Established in 1849, Mintaro is situated on land which was bought originally by Joseph and Henry Gilbert which they then sub-divided. Mintaro was originally intended as a stopping and resting place for the bullock teams (muleteers) carting copper ore from the Burra mine to Port Wakefield.
The Mintaro district includes prominent Martindale Hall and Kadlunga. Known for its high quality, Mintaro slate is produced from what is believed to be the oldest continuing operating quarry in Australia. Although Mintaro is an agricultural community, tourism plays an increasingly important role. Due to its historical and cultural significance, the entire town of Mintaro was declared a State Heritage Area for South Australia in 1984.