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Guest post by Ella Walker

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Oh come on! This place is honestly sublime. Nestled high on the gorge banks overlooking the Onkaparinga River National Park, Samuel’s Gorge Cellar Door is a place of undeniable beauty and charm.

Tucked away on one of McLaren Vale’s endless and idyllic dirt roads, Samuel’s Gorge is in fine company at home on the same stretch as prestigious neighbours Chapel Hill and Coriole Vineyards. However, unlike its neighbours, this little beauty has something of a gigantic secret waiting to surprise and delight.

Pulling into the carpark, you have no idea of the gob-smacking, jaw-dropping view that is about to be upon you. And no, I’m not just talking about the too-cute outside loo that appears regularly on my Instagram feed!

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I’m talking about THAT VIEW!

The wide, awe inspiring openness of the gorge below and blue sky as far as the eye can see.Take that in your eyeball!

It’s mesmerising. And when you add a glass of red to the mix it quickly becomes the most scenic and picturesque place in SA. The cosy cellar door was established by winemaker Justin McNamee in 2003 in a farm shed that was originally built in 1853, where all of its history and the whimsy of yesteryear have been lovingly maintained in the incredible museum like space.

Specialising in stunning red wines, the varietals on tasting are mouth-wateringly good. From Grenache to Tempranillo and Shiraz or Graciano, you’ll struggle squeezing back into the car for the drive home with all that newly purchased loot.

But the best bit? Samuel’s Gorge is Adelaide’s ultimate BYO picnic destination. Grab a picnic rug, buy a bottle from the cellar door and plonk yourself grass-side with your very own snacking selection.

It’s the ultimate Saturday afternoon, the perfect Sunday relax and a seriously swoon worthy date idea.

Samuel’s Gorge? More like Samuel’s Gorgeous.

Ella Clare is a media and PR professional by trade; she’s a lover of all things Adelaide, especially the bits with the rolling vineyards, delicious vino and drool worthy cheese platters. She’s also an advocate for old school romance. So much so that she runs very own little shop of love called The Love Lettery in Adelaide’s Topham Mall, where she helps tongue tied lovers to pen words of affection. Having recently moved to the Adelaide Hills wine region, Ella is frolicking her way from cellar door to cellar door like your regular Julie Andrews – and she’s giving us all the delicious insights. The Hills are alive with the sound of music… and the guzzle of wine tastings.

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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