After a wandering winemaking career in various parts of the world, Justin McNamee became a winemaker at Tatachilla in 1996, where he remained until 2003, leaving to found Samuel's Gorge. He established his winery in a barn built in 1853, part of the old Seaview Homestead. The historic property was owned by Sir Samuel Way, variously Chief Justice of the South Australian Supreme Court and Lieutenant Governor of the state. The grapes come from small contract growers spread across the ever-changing (unofficial) subregions of McLaren Vale, and are basket-pressed and fermented in old open slate fermenters lined with beeswax. Exports to the US, Canada, Hong Kong and NZ.
Samuel's Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with a principal philosophy of people and place. Samuel's Gorge was established by winemaker Justin McNamee in 2003. Housed in a farm shed built in 1853, our winery and cellar door sit atop a ridge overlooking the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park to the North, and to the South, the ocean.
The Samuel's Gorge label is an impression of the rugged landscape that is viewed from the winery; look closer and see our storyboard within the tiles.
At Samuel's Gorge we focus on five key varietals; grenache, shiraz, mourvèdre, graciano and tempranillo. The wines of Samuel's Gorge are crafted by hand and reflect the landscape in which we work. We reference history for texture, complexity and harmony. We engage patient techniques, utilising indigenous yeast, ensuring our ferments are long and slow.
Our winery is under the cover of a lean to and at night a ceiling of stars. Visitors to Samuel's Gorge are welcome to see our process during harvest, in late summer. Driven by aromatics, texture, silkiness and intrigue our wines are great to drink now and yet have structural support and intensity that ensures they cellar well. Samuel's Gorge wines reflect the unique vintage conditions and represent the personality and the imagination of the makers.
Grenache, shiraz, mourvèdre, graciano, tempranillo
Housed in an 1853 built farm shed overlooking the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park, visitors are encouraged to relax and unwind with us as we take you through our range of delicious red wines. Watch our winemakers at work in our open air winery or simply grab a glass and take in our stunning surrounds. Our home is yours to explore.
To find us simply follow Victor Harbour Road towards Australia's most preserved holiday gem, Kangaroo Island. Take the Seaview Road exit and follow the signs to Samuel's Gorge. If you get lost, ask a local, McLaren Vale is a place where welcoming locals are happy to point the way. We look forward to welcoming you to our little vista on a hill.
Our winery and cellar door are open daily from 11am - 5pm.
Details are correct at time of writing
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NSW & QLD - francaboutwine,
SA - Chace Agencies,
VIC - Stellar Vin,
WA - Dave Mullen Wine Agency
International Sales Information
NZ - Andrew Shackleton,
UK - Tilley's Wines,
DENMARK - The Wine Tree,
CANADA - (BC) Lone tree Cellars, (Calgary) Richmond Hill Wines,
CHINA - Red Obsession,
PHILIPPINES - Zen Asia