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Ortus is latin for new beginnings, which is perfect for the winery’s brand new cellar door in Willunga. 

Opulent, sophisticated and accompanied by jaw-dropping vineyard views, Ortus Wines is like nothing else in Willunga. Despite its classy style, there’s not even an inch of pretentiousness about it — everyone’s welcome, even your dog! 

“We’re just so down-to-earth, we want people to come and have a relaxed day out with their friends and family,” says co-owner Paige. It’s a, ‘bring your dogs inside, we don’t care,’ kind of vibe at Ortus. They even encourage you to BYO food, so you can sit outside under the amazing Gum Trees, have a picnic and sample their delicious wines. And if BYO isn’t your style they also offer mouth-watering platters too. Bring the whole family, there’s plenty of space and if you’d prefer to just stay outside all day, you can! Their Ortus van sits outside most weekends, serving up all your fave wines by the glass or bottle. 

As far as we know, Ortus is the only mother-daughter owned and operated winery here in SA. And they’re without a doubt a match made in heaven when it comes to wine and business. 

Mum, Julie (Jules) has been in the wine biz for 25 years so she knows wine AND she knows business. Jules runs the vineyards like a boss and manages the behind the scenes big picture plans (and they have many), while daughter-slash-business-partner Paige is the brains behind the wine. They’re the perfect pair. “I love the chemistry behind wine, it’s my passion,” smiles Paige. 

Keep an eye on their socials, as they’ll often hold creative events on site, like wine and paint nights, which I’m currently buying tickets to as we speak! 

Together the dynamic duo have built an incredible wine brand, a picturesque cellar door and an amazing friendship between a mother and her daughter. What an inspiration! 

Hayley x

Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson

Co-Creator and Writer for Adelady, she still gets goosebumps that she’s combined her creative passion with sharing the best of her stunning home state.

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