In Paxton’s home of McLaren Vale, South Australia, our vineyards are spread across a number of sites and soil types which we manage without compromise from planting to harvest. Our mission is to produce and showcase the region’s fruit quality, varietal expression and natural diversity, particularly with Shiraz, which is now well recognised as the region’s top performing variety.

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We call our approach “back to the future”. It involves combining traditional, hands-on management, integrated and complemented with modern technology. We choose to propagate vines from old pre-clonal selection vineyards to benefit from stock with a history of low-yield and high quality.

 

The vineyard site characteristics we target have soil profiles that allow us to perfectly control soil moisture content via irrigation, maximising fruit quality and intensity. We work with the concept of “terroir”, although we do not necessarily agree with the mystery that is often attached to the word. It can be complex but it is not magic. We consider “terroir” as the interaction between a vine, its environment and the impact of man’s management with the moisture balance of the soil being possibly the major influence.

Management techniques are varied to suit variety and style. Utilisation of techniques such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and fruit thinning are employed to attain superior quality. Targeted crop levels for Shiraz are 6 – 8 Tonnes per hectare.

 

We continually strive to minimise inputs and, essentially, use only sulphur and copper on our red varieties. Trialling of bio-dynamics and non-chemical weed control is ongoing.

 

It is impossible to develop intimate knowledge of a vineyard in one or two years which is why our commitment to optimum quality is reflected by our long term staff and management.

The Region

 

McLaren Vale is considered one of the most unique and important wine growing regions in Australia today, as well as one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world. It is renowned for the production of super premium quality wines – particularly red wines. Its history dates back to the mid 1800’s and is world renown for the production of not just Australia’s top premium wines but also some of the best wines on a global platform. This South Australian region, just 40 kilometers south of Adelaide, is known as ‘Sea & Vines’ which perfectly describes the essence of its favourable geographic location in the Gulf of St Vincent; its unique terroir soils, the winds, temperate, and mediterranean climate. All of these unique factors are at the core of why the region’s vineyards produce such high quality premium grapes.

Landcross Farm

 

Everything old is new again! Following 3 years of extensive landscaping, building renovation and revegetation, historical Landcross Farm Homestead and Cellar Door was restored to its former beauty. It also received some new additions – a vineyard and the stunning Paxton Cellar Door.

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  • ​Area: 1.7Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Grenache, Tempranillo, Mataro

Thomas Block

 

The commanding and regal vineyard. Every vineyard has its story and this one is out of this world. Thomas Block is named after the previous owners, who incidentally, are the grand-parents of South Australian astronaut Andy Thomas. The low lying site where this vineyard sits is one of the coolest (cool as in climate not as in “cool dude”) McLaren Vale sites which produces fruit of exceptional natural balance and flavour. The flagship EJ block sits in the back left corner or Thomas Block Vineyard and were planted in the late 1800’s. The is one of the oldest surviving vineyards in the region and still on original rootstock.

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  • Area: 28Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: McLaren Flat
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Savignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Grenache
  • Clones: Various
  • Soil Types: Alluvial soils- clay/river stone predominant
  • Aspect: Flat ground
  • Elevation: 74-85m
  • Proximity to Coast: 9.5km
  • Average Vine Age: 30 years (some 100+)
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3.5T/Acre Reds, 4T/Acre Whites
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required.
  • Harvest Date: March/April

Jones Block

 

This vineyard is named after the previous owner of the property – Doug Jones. A well-loved character who was the local McLaren Vale pharmacist, Doug also purchased a prime site and developed what has become one of the best known red variety vineyards in the region. The vines here are at least 35 years old. Today we carefully hand prune and thin them to ensures the low and uniform yield required for super premium Shiraz. Our Paxton Shiraz comes from this vineyard. Doug would be proud.

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  • ​Area: 22Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Savignon, Nebbiolo
  • Clones: Various
  • Soil Types: Shallow red sandy loam over limestone, Sand over clay
  • Aspect: East and West facing slopes
  • Elevation: 976-108m
  • Proximity to Coast: 6.6km
  • Average Vine Age: 35-40 years
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3T/Acre
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required.
  • Harvest Date: Early March

Maslin Beach

 

Apart from being a stone’s throw away from Australia’s first official nude beach, our Maslin Beach Vineyard boasts terrific shallow soil over limestone. Perfect for producing great Shiraz. We searched long and hard for a vineyard this close to the coast to find early ripening fruit, buffered from the hot days of summer by its close proximity to the sea.

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  • Area: 3.5Ha
  • GI: Mclaren Vale
  • Sub-region: McLaren Vale
  • Varieties: Shiraz
  • Clones: Heritage
  • Soil Types: Shallow, red sandy loam over limestone
  • Aspect: North, South
  • Elevation: 40-45m
  • Proximity to Coast: 1KM
  • Average Vine Age: 15 years
  • Vine Training Method: Two cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3T/acre
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required
  • Harvest Date: Late February

Gateway Vineyard

 

We thought long and hard about a name for this vineyard. It’s sits at the entrance to the McLaren Vale township, atop a hill with spectacular views of the majestic Adelaide Hills, the tranquil Gulf of St Vincent and everything in between. Gateway just seemed perfect. The unusual amount of limestone rock in the ground in this vineyard (unusual for McLaren Vale) has seen it produce some very unique fruit.

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  • ​Area: 55Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview

Quandong Farm

 

When is a Quandong Farm not a Quandong Farm? When it’s part of Paxton Vineyards.

Fully aware of the premium placed on land used for vineyards, David told the real estate agent he bought the land from that he intended to plant Quandong trees. As history has it, the Quandong trees have turned out to look suspiciously similar to Shiraz vines and the fruit they bear is just perfect for producing wine. How lucky is that?

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  • ​GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz 17.6Ha Grenache 0.52Ha, Shiraz: 1654 and Jones Block selection, Grenache: Old
  • Soil Types: Shallow loam over limestone
  • Aspect: West facing slope
  • Elevation: 70-100m
  • Proximity to Coast: 6.2km
  • Average Vine Age: Planted 1997
  • Vine Training Method: Shiraz: Hand spur prunes, Grenache: Bush vines
  • Average Yields: 3T/Acre, 7.4T/Ha
  • Specialist Care: Detailed hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, foliage control, careful irrigation. Trialing bio-dynamic methods.
  • Harvest Date: Late February, early March
  • Harvest Baume: 14.5 Baume

19th Vineyard

 

With commanding views across St Vincent’s Gulf and the valley, there is no better place from which to cast your eye across McLaren Vale than 19th vineyard. Originally a golf course, the aptly named 19th vineyard is planted with a variety of Shiraz clones on predominantly deep sands which typically yield fruit in the more floral (think violets) spectrum than the powerful fruit-driven wines from the heavier soils. Another superior site which compliments the current suite of Paxton vineyards.

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  • Area: 12Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Grenache
  • Clones: Tahbilk, Thomas Block, Jones Block, Waechter, SAVI 17
  • Soil Types: Red clay loam over limestone, Deep sand over clay
  • Aspect: South and East facing slopes
  • Elevation: 90-124m
  • Proximity to Coast: 4.8km
  • Average Vine Age: Planted 1996 and 2005
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon, spur pruned
  • Planting Density: 1667//Ha, 3330/Ha
  • Target Yields: 3T/Acre, 7.4T/Ha
  • Specialist Care: Detailed hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, foliage control, careful irrigation.
  • Harvest Date: Mid March
  • Harvest Baume: 14.5 Baume

What was THE KILLERS’ Ronnie Vannucci and Brandon Flowers’ shout out to Paxton Wines on national TV about? Here’s the scoop! We’ve been working with The Killers’ drummer extraordinaire Ronnie on a JV to bring you a wine that truly celebrates the rhythm of life, Paxton’s BATERISTA!

Baterista, Spanish for drummer, is an Ode to rhythm in both music and In organic and biodynamic wine making. Rhythm is the back bone and heartbeat to both. When the rhythm is right, all else thrives.

Ronnie: “I do love wine, and especially great wines like the ones Paxton produces. They’re unique, and Paxton has an unusual passion for doing things with a real earth centric focus. In short, they care, and it shows. Meeting like-minded people with a passion for crafting something that takes time is attractive to me. It’s a treat to be involved because I know there are others out there, like me, who appreciate this kind of devotion and level of near-magic, and I want it to be available so they can enjoy it, too”

Baterista is a premium single vineyard Shiraz from our beloved 60 year old vines on our Jones Block vineyard, the best two barrels of vintage specially selected by winemaker Ashleigh Seymour for this limited offering.

The new 2019 Baterista is NOW! Click on the LinkTree link in our bio to get to our wine store and secure your bottles of this limited edition wine.

Ronnie Vannucci and Paxton Wines are very proud of the Baterista and feel that consumers will agree: it's an exceptional example of a premium single vineyard, hand crafted Shiraz from McLaren Vale, and shows great depth and complexity and the true purity of fruit and vitality in organic, biodynamic wine making.

Footage from Channel 9’s Today Show, Thursday 27th July, Ronnie and Brandon interviewed by Brooke Boney. Live footage from The Killers Live at Glastonbury.

#paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #livemusicinadelaide #whatsonadelaide #thekillers #ronnievannucci #paxtonbaterista
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Queens of The Hives... we salute you! This Sunday August 7, as part of the Fleurieu Food Festival, come help us launch our brand new Queen of the Hive Honey!

From 11am enjoy pancakes, scones, and mulled wine, all featuring our Honey, plus live music and great company, overlooking the rolling hills around Paxton Cellar Door.

Pancakes with honey only available from 11am-12pm, so get in early! Scones with honey and cream available until sold out, and mulled wine infused with Honey will be served all day.

About our Honey: It’s sourced from hives situated across Paxton’s McLaren Vale Vineyards, and from other locations on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula – a region internationally renowned for its sustainable farming practices. The flavour of this 100% pure Honey reflects the terrior and floral diversity of the Region. No sugar or other ingredients are added.

Bees only survive and thrive in chemical free environments, hence why our certified biodynamic, estate vineyards in McLaren Vale are home to so many bee hives and their tireless Queens.

#mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #honey #honeybees #sconeswithhoney #pancakes #mclarenvale #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #queenofthehive #ichoosesa
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Fire safety is of paramount importance in all workplaces and homes, and the winemaking and vineyard teams at Paxton Wines were spotted brushing up on fire suppression techniques, and having a go at operating the latest model fire extinguishers.

#FireSafetyTips #mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fireextinguishertraining
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This Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August warm up with good friends, fine food and wine, and live music, at Paxton’s Winter Sessions in the Pop-Up Pavilion! There's delicious Paxton wines, pizzas and gourmet doughballs freshly prepared and cooked in DoughBalls' wood fired oven, and our winter speciality, mulled wine. Plus there's live music on Sunday from 12-3pm by Mason Lloyde Music. What a wonderful way to spend a wintery afternoon!

#paxtonwines #adelaidelivemusic #wintersessionsatpaxton #paxtonpopup #mulledwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #livemusicadelaide #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide #woodfiredpizza
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Paxton’s Shiraz wines are part of the reason why McLaren Vale Shiraz enjoys a glowing reputation, both here and internationally, for quality, and for its unique modern style.

In our biodynamic and organic vineyards, Paxton’s Shiraz vines – some over 146 years old – grow happily in the Vale’s enviable temperate climate which, when combined with our biodynamically prepared soils, means gorgeous fruit year after year, which we carefully harvest and lovingly nurture to become our famous range of single vineyard, multi-vineyard, and Shiraz blend wines.

So it’s Happy Shiraz Day to wine lovers everywhere from the Team at Paxton, and may we all continue to celebrate the Prince of McLaren Vale grapes with a glass of Shiraz!

#ShirazDay #mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #winedays #landcrossfarm #shirazwine #shirazlover
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Has Mandy at Paxton Cellar Door answered an age-old question? What would you find at the end of the rainbow, in this case a fine specimen arching over our Landcross Farm vineyard? Why, the new release 2021 Paxton Tempranillo!

With a ‘rainbow’ of aromas such as jujubes, fat, juicy red cherries and star anise, one taste and you’re transported you to a seaside produce market on the Costa del Sol… a nice thought indeed on these chilly winter days.

Our Tempranillo is a seriously versatile food wine, pairing wonderfully with tapas, roasted vegetables, and Mexican food such as nachos, burritos and any dish with corn as a major ingredient.

If you are yet to try this fabulous wine, head to our renovated Cellar Door where a warm fire and friendly staff await. We are open for tastings and tasty local produce 7 days a week from 10am-5pm.

#paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #whatsonadelaide #rainbow #mclarenvalewine #paxtoncellardoor #tempranillo
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Pooches at Paxton! Jackson and Amy from Brisbane were visiting McLaren Vale wineries… but only chose wineries that are pet friendly, because as devoted ‘pet parents' to their beloved Golden Retriever, Jari, ‘he goes where we go!’

After sampling Paxton Wines – and a nice cool drink of water for Jari – they enjoyed the view with a glass or two and a platter of cheeses and other tasty local produce, and departed as newly minted Members of the Paxton Social Wine Club community, where they will enjoy discounts on future wine purchases plus access to other exclusive Member benefits and offers.

Remember, we always welcome your pampered pooches to Paxton… but be sure they’re on a leash!

#DogFriendlyWineries #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #whatsonadelaide #winerydogs #paxtonsocial
...

🍕🍷🎸 It'll be toasty warm at our Sunday WINTER SESSION today @ Paxton in the undercover Pavilion Pop-Up. Enjoy mulled wine, live acoustic music 12-3pm by Max Kelly, and delicious pizza and gourmet doughballs by the wood-fired oven gurus, DoughBalls.

No bookings are required, but as seats are limited, be sure to arrive nice and early 😀

*Pets are very welcome, provided they are on a leash
*Please BYO plastic glassware
*No BYO drinks
*Covid Safe setting
#paxtonwines #adelaidelivemusic #wintersessionsatpaxton #paxtonpopup #mulledwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #livemusicadelaide #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide
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This group of Mums know how to have a good time on a Wednesday afternoon in school holidays... procure a glass or two of fine Paxton McLaren Vale wine, call in the wood-fired oven gurus from DoughBalls for pizzas and gourmet doughballs, and relax and unwind in our warm Pavilion while the kids have a ball, running themselves ragged on the enormous lawns. Perfect!

#paxtonwines #schoolholidaysadelaide #paxtonpopup #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide #woodfiredpizza
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What was THE KILLERS’ Ronnie Vannucci and Brandon Flowers’ shout out to Paxton Wines on national TV about? Here’s the scoop! We’ve been working with The Killers’ drummer extraordinaire Ronnie on a JV to bring you a wine that truly celebrates the rhythm of life, Paxton’s BATERISTA!

Baterista, Spanish for drummer, is an Ode to rhythm in both music and In organic and biodynamic wine making. Rhythm is the back bone and heartbeat to both. When the rhythm is right, all else thrives.

Ronnie: “I do love wine, and especially great wines like the ones Paxton produces. They’re unique, and Paxton has an unusual passion for doing things with a real earth centric focus. In short, they care, and it shows. Meeting like-minded people with a passion for crafting something that takes time is attractive to me. It’s a treat to be involved because I know there are others out there, like me, who appreciate this kind of devotion and level of near-magic, and I want it to be available so they can enjoy it, too”

Baterista is a premium single vineyard Shiraz from our beloved 60 year old vines on our Jones Block vineyard, the best two barrels of vintage specially selected by winemaker Ashleigh Seymour for this limited offering.

The new 2019 Baterista is NOW! Click on the LinkTree link in our bio to get to our wine store and secure your bottles of this limited edition wine.

Ronnie Vannucci and Paxton Wines are very proud of the Baterista and feel that consumers will agree: it's an exceptional example of a premium single vineyard, hand crafted Shiraz from McLaren Vale, and shows great depth and complexity and the true purity of fruit and vitality in organic, biodynamic wine making.

Footage from Channel 9’s Today Show, Thursday 27th July, Ronnie and Brandon interviewed by Brooke Boney. Live footage from The Killers Live at Glastonbury.

#paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #livemusicinadelaide #whatsonadelaide #thekillers #ronnievannucci #paxtonbaterista
...

Queens of The Hives... we salute you! This Sunday August 7, as part of the Fleurieu Food Festival, come help us launch our brand new Queen of the Hive Honey!

From 11am enjoy pancakes, scones, and mulled wine, all featuring our Honey, plus live music and great company, overlooking the rolling hills around Paxton Cellar Door.

Pancakes with honey only available from 11am-12pm, so get in early! Scones with honey and cream available until sold out, and mulled wine infused with Honey will be served all day.

About our Honey: It’s sourced from hives situated across Paxton’s McLaren Vale Vineyards, and from other locations on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula – a region internationally renowned for its sustainable farming practices. The flavour of this 100% pure Honey reflects the terrior and floral diversity of the Region. No sugar or other ingredients are added.

Bees only survive and thrive in chemical free environments, hence why our certified biodynamic, estate vineyards in McLaren Vale are home to so many bee hives and their tireless Queens.

#mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #honey #honeybees #sconeswithhoney #pancakes #mclarenvale #gosouthgolocal #biodynamicwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #queenofthehive #ichoosesa
...

Fire safety is of paramount importance in all workplaces and homes, and the winemaking and vineyard teams at Paxton Wines were spotted brushing up on fire suppression techniques, and having a go at operating the latest model fire extinguishers.

#FireSafetyTips #mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fireextinguishertraining
...

This Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August warm up with good friends, fine food and wine, and live music, at Paxton’s Winter Sessions in the Pop-Up Pavilion! There's delicious Paxton wines, pizzas and gourmet doughballs freshly prepared and cooked in DoughBalls' wood fired oven, and our winter speciality, mulled wine. Plus there's live music on Sunday from 12-3pm by Mason Lloyde Music. What a wonderful way to spend a wintery afternoon!

#paxtonwines #adelaidelivemusic #wintersessionsatpaxton #paxtonpopup #mulledwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #livemusicadelaide #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide #woodfiredpizza
...

Paxton’s Shiraz wines are part of the reason why McLaren Vale Shiraz enjoys a glowing reputation, both here and internationally, for quality, and for its unique modern style.

In our biodynamic and organic vineyards, Paxton’s Shiraz vines – some over 146 years old – grow happily in the Vale’s enviable temperate climate which, when combined with our biodynamically prepared soils, means gorgeous fruit year after year, which we carefully harvest and lovingly nurture to become our famous range of single vineyard, multi-vineyard, and Shiraz blend wines.

So it’s Happy Shiraz Day to wine lovers everywhere from the Team at Paxton, and may we all continue to celebrate the Prince of McLaren Vale grapes with a glass of Shiraz!

#ShirazDay #mclarenvalewine #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #winedays #landcrossfarm #shirazwine #shirazlover
...

Has Mandy at Paxton Cellar Door answered an age-old question? What would you find at the end of the rainbow, in this case a fine specimen arching over our Landcross Farm vineyard? Why, the new release 2021 Paxton Tempranillo!

With a ‘rainbow’ of aromas such as jujubes, fat, juicy red cherries and star anise, one taste and you’re transported you to a seaside produce market on the Costa del Sol… a nice thought indeed on these chilly winter days.

Our Tempranillo is a seriously versatile food wine, pairing wonderfully with tapas, roasted vegetables, and Mexican food such as nachos, burritos and any dish with corn as a major ingredient.

If you are yet to try this fabulous wine, head to our renovated Cellar Door where a warm fire and friendly staff await. We are open for tastings and tasty local produce 7 days a week from 10am-5pm.

#paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #whatsonadelaide #rainbow #mclarenvalewine #paxtoncellardoor #tempranillo
...

Pooches at Paxton! Jackson and Amy from Brisbane were visiting McLaren Vale wineries… but only chose wineries that are pet friendly, because as devoted ‘pet parents' to their beloved Golden Retriever, Jari, ‘he goes where we go!’

After sampling Paxton Wines – and a nice cool drink of water for Jari – they enjoyed the view with a glass or two and a platter of cheeses and other tasty local produce, and departed as newly minted Members of the Paxton Social Wine Club community, where they will enjoy discounts on future wine purchases plus access to other exclusive Member benefits and offers.

Remember, we always welcome your pampered pooches to Paxton… but be sure they’re on a leash!

#DogFriendlyWineries #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #whatsonadelaide #winerydogs #paxtonsocial
...

🍕🍷🎸 It'll be toasty warm at our Sunday WINTER SESSION today @ Paxton in the undercover Pavilion Pop-Up. Enjoy mulled wine, live acoustic music 12-3pm by Max Kelly, and delicious pizza and gourmet doughballs by the wood-fired oven gurus, DoughBalls.

No bookings are required, but as seats are limited, be sure to arrive nice and early 😀

*Pets are very welcome, provided they are on a leash
*Please BYO plastic glassware
*No BYO drinks
*Covid Safe setting
#paxtonwines #adelaidelivemusic #wintersessionsatpaxton #paxtonpopup #mulledwine #sundaysessionsatpaxton #livemusicadelaide #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide
...

This group of Mums know how to have a good time on a Wednesday afternoon in school holidays... procure a glass or two of fine Paxton McLaren Vale wine, call in the wood-fired oven gurus from DoughBalls for pizzas and gourmet doughballs, and relax and unwind in our warm Pavilion while the kids have a ball, running themselves ragged on the enormous lawns. Perfect!

#paxtonwines #schoolholidaysadelaide #paxtonpopup #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #doughballsau #whatsonadelaide #woodfiredpizza
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