WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS? DISCOVER

Biodynamics is the most advanced form of organic farming. It uses natural preparations and composts, to bring the soil and the vine into balance, resulting in exceptionally pure and expressive fruit. Healthy vines make better wines

 

-David Paxton

What is Biodynamic Wine?

 

The foundation of biodynamic farming is soil health. This does not simply mean the adjustment of nutrient levels. Our farming aims to maintain a balanced and diverse population of soil biology. Compost applications initiate conditions favourable to soil micro-organisms which are active in making nutrients available to plants in a natural form. Vegetation and composts are broken down to form humus which improves soil structure and better holds water and nutrients. Irrigation inputs are thus reduced.

 

Synthetic fertilisers and pesticides which damage the soil biology are not used which allows the natural system to operate without interruption. Weeds are controlled by straw mulching or careful machine weeding. Increased soil activity has a flow on effect. The earthworm population increases rapidly and greater volumes of soil are aerated and made available for exploration by plant roots.

The farm is seen as a whole organism rather than a series of problems to be solved individually. It is the intention that PAXTON vineyards mimic the characteristics of a natural system. In this endeavour we seek to promote diversity and allow natural balance to counter the effects of pests or disease. New vineyards are propagated from our old, existing vines rather than using identical clonal material. This maintains the subtle differences between each vine and produces wines of greater individuality.

 

Between the vine rows we promote a variety of plant life, each providing different habitat and nutrient profiles. The incorporation of bee hives improves grape pollination and seed production of the mid-row plants.

The main biodynamic composts are produced primarily from cow manure. Manure tainted with treatments makes poor compost, and therefore, to ensure the integrity of our compost, we maintain our own small herd of non-drenched cattle for this purpose.

 

The necessity to focus on the smallest details is rewarded by great benefits. We now spend far more time digging amongst the weeds. Observing what is happening below the ground gets as much attention as what happens above.

 

The ultimate result, we hope, is a range of wines that highlight the individuality of the vineyard, vintage and the actions of the people who are the temporary custodians of the land.​​​​​

Why the Bee?

 

Vines do not need bees, but they need plants for a healthier environment; that’s where the bees come into it. Bees are the primary pollinators of plants, which then aid in the natural replenishment of important soil nutrients.

 

The flowers that need bees then attract more bugs, and hence the healthy ecosystems begins. Keeping this biodiversity in balance eliminates the need for chemicals.

🚨 NEW LABEL 🚨 A fresh new look for our Quandong Farm Shiraz has been launched!

Our 2020 Vintage now released in this sleek style... 😍 (Available online)

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Our Cellar Door will be open from 11am – 2pm from today until Saturday for take-away sales and Click and Collect only 🍷
Please visit our online wine shop at www.paxtonwines.com to see our current special offer with 15% discount and FREE shipping across our whole range with a 12 bottle purchase!

*No cash sales with contactless EFT only*
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Vineyard update! Our wooly winter visitors captured on camera! 🐑 They love chomping on the grass in the rows during the cooler months... And the green netting is to protect vines from wind damage on those gusty days 🌫 ...

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At a loss for a wine to pair with dumplings? We suggest our Graciano! Although it is a Mediterranean varietal, the distinct savoury white pepper characteristics pair perfectly 🥟

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🚨 Watch this space🚨 our much beloved Quandong Farm will be back with a new label soon! A metamorphosis of sorts... 🐛 🦋 How exciting!

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Liquid chocolate... our MV Shiraz with notes of cocoa is the ideal chocolatey hug on World Chocolate Day! 😍 🍫

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Wanting to thank all of those who have shared their Paxton exeriences with us by tagging @paxtonwines ❤️ your posts and stories are FABULOUS!

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Queen of the Hive 👑 ... a red blend as a tribute to all the hard working bees out there! Ever thankful for these buzzing beauties and their role in looking after our environment, and by extension us 🐝

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Winter has its own particular delights... such as precious reflections in barrel heads! Birds have been making the most of these pools for a little dip at our cellar door 🕊️

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Let's take a walk! Assistant winemaker Owen showing SA Wine Weekly around our golden vineyard rows... 🍁

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Here is our winemaker Ash taking a barrel sample 🔥 keeping a close eye on how the wine is developing, to send it for bottling at the ideal moment!

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
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Great to see these little creatures braving the cold and still coming to visit our vineyards 🐝
With the rain taking a break this weekend, we hope to see you too!

#mclarenvalewine #organicwine #biodynamicwine
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🚨 NEW LABEL 🚨 A fresh new look for our Quandong Farm Shiraz has been launched!

Our 2020 Vintage now released in this sleek style... 😍 (Available online)

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

136 3

Our Cellar Door will be open from 11am – 2pm from today until Saturday for take-away sales and Click and Collect only 🍷
Please visit our online wine shop at www.paxtonwines.com to see our current special offer with 15% discount and FREE shipping across our whole range with a 12 bottle purchase!

*No cash sales with contactless EFT only*
...

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Vineyard update! Our wooly winter visitors captured on camera! 🐑 They love chomping on the grass in the rows during the cooler months... And the green netting is to protect vines from wind damage on those gusty days 🌫 ...

48 0

At a loss for a wine to pair with dumplings? We suggest our Graciano! Although it is a Mediterranean varietal, the distinct savoury white pepper characteristics pair perfectly 🥟

#mcalrenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

59 1

🚨 Watch this space🚨 our much beloved Quandong Farm will be back with a new label soon! A metamorphosis of sorts... 🐛 🦋 How exciting!

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

50 0

Liquid chocolate... our MV Shiraz with notes of cocoa is the ideal chocolatey hug on World Chocolate Day! 😍 🍫

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

45 0

Wanting to thank all of those who have shared their Paxton exeriences with us by tagging @paxtonwines ❤️ your posts and stories are FABULOUS!

If you've got a spare minute, please leave us a note on Trip Advisor - we love the feedback!

#mclarenvalewine #organicwine #biodynamicwine
...

142 0

Queen of the Hive 👑 ... a red blend as a tribute to all the hard working bees out there! Ever thankful for these buzzing beauties and their role in looking after our environment, and by extension us 🐝

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

119 10

Winter has its own particular delights... such as precious reflections in barrel heads! Birds have been making the most of these pools for a little dip at our cellar door 🕊️

#mclarenvalewine #biodyanmicwine #organicwine
...

47 0

Let's take a walk! Assistant winemaker Owen showing SA Wine Weekly around our golden vineyard rows... 🍁

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

71 1

Here is our winemaker Ash taking a barrel sample 🔥 keeping a close eye on how the wine is developing, to send it for bottling at the ideal moment!

#mclarenvalewine #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

86 0

Great to see these little creatures braving the cold and still coming to visit our vineyards 🐝
With the rain taking a break this weekend, we hope to see you too!

#mclarenvalewine #organicwine #biodynamicwine
...

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