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Exploring delicious McLaren Vale is plain sailing with your new partner in wine!

With over 80 cellar doors, distilleries and breweries, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a mecca for good times. We’ve all done the wine tours on a grander scale or drawn reluctant straws for designated driver, but an affordable option for small groups has us giddy with excitement.

Partner N Wine is a new tour group by Moana couple Sarah Hughes and Paul Bidmeade, offering flexible tours for up to seven guests from as little as $35 per person. Get ready to make unforgettable memories with McLaren Vale wine tastings, lunch or day trips made easy. “We’re in love with where we live — there are so many great local wineries, distilleries and breweries to explore. We just want to make it accessible for others to share our incredible community,” Paul says.

Here’s what’s on the cards…

Designated driver

You’ve planned a day of wine tastings (and maybe a little lunch) in McLaren Vale, but you’ve lost rock, paper, scissors, and now you’re driving. Say hello to the eighth member of your group and the one to take the pressure down — the Designated Driver! This option gives you return transport for four to seven peeps, so you can visit up to four venues for as little as $35 per person. The peace of mind in itself is worth every penny.

“This is a goodie, especially if you’re on a budget! You pay your own tasting fees at up to four wineries, and either pay as you go at a lunch stop or BYO the goods and we’ll take you to a top spot for a picnic,” says Paul.

Oliver’s Taranga, Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone.

Event planner

Sometimes you need someone to take the reins! The Event Planner includes return transport, tastings at three venues, and pizza or platters for $150 per head. It can be catered to your fave drops; and best of all, you can just take your lover, your bestie or up to six others. It’s great value and a stress-free way to explore!

Never Never Distilling Co, Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission.

The transporter

It can also be as easy as needing a set of wheels to get you where you’re going. Partner N Wine also offers a cost-effective alternative for trips for up to seven people travelling between McLaren Vale and Adelaide. It’s a great option for airport transfers, wedding guest shuttle runs, access to the footy and cricket from down south, and more.

Next time you’re tossing up whether to do tastings at Oliver’s Taranga, SC Pannell, Samuel’s Gorge; maybe Smiling Samoyed, Swell Brewery or Kick Back in Aldinga; or perhaps you’ve got the taste for a couple of cheeky gins at Never Never or Ginny Pig, grab yourself a partner who’ll make it a day to remember.

Partner N Wine — you’re oh-so-fine!



Em Worthington

Em Worthington

Writer and Content Creator for Adelady, her heart starts racing at the sight of a whiteboard or mere mention of a brainstorm.

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