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.

  • A little sneak peak at our newly packaged wines, one from each range. We think they look and taste great.
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#paxtonwines #paxton2.0 #organic #biodynamic #wine #instawine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #fleurieupeninsula
  • #95pt #grenache #2017 #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #killervintage
  • Pictured here is one of our EJ Shiraz vines, planted in the late 1800s, and can be found in our Thomas Block Vineyard. The is one of the oldest surviving vineyards in the region, and still on original rootstock.
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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 grandparents of South Australian astronaut Andy Thomas. The low lying site where this vineyard sits is one of the coolest in McLaren Vale, and as a result produces fruit of exceptional natural balance and flavour. 
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  • #Trophy #bestinshow #shirazblends #AAA #Paxtonwines #2018
  • Cheers to an incredibly delicious Paxton Wine Dinner with our dear friends @morselstapasrestaurant  #goldcoastfood #tapasbar #deliciousfood @bouchonwinesandspirits
  • Live music is back at Paxton Wines for Spring Affair, Sunday 30th September. Join us for the entire day, or choose your own adventure; combining a visit to Paxton with a couple of other McLaren Vale producers. For tickets go to www.springaffair.com.au
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  • Winter at Landcross Farm aint so bad. Bush vine Mataro looking the goods
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#fleurieupeninsula
  • #Repost @winsordobbin
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Looking for a #wine that is “natural”, organic and with no added preservatives? The 2018 @paxtonwines Now Chardonnay fits the bill. It is also gluten free and “vegan friendly”. #wine #Australia @mclaren_vale
  • Quandong Farm Vineyard converted to Biodynamics' in 2004. After 14 years we thought we could do with some help with the under-vine and inter-row grass / weed management. We would like to introduce the new members of the Paxton team! 📷 @richardfreebairn .
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#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • This is the mortar and pestle used to grind up oak bark and valerian flowers for the production of biodynamic preps which go into our compost. It’s a very hands on and labour intensive process, but totally worth the effort
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#paxtonwines
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • We had the privilege of hosting @evangoldsteinms from the USA at the end of June. Evan is a Master Sommelier, author and educator.  His enthusiasm for all things food and wine is infectious. It was a pleasure showing him some Paxton wines while talking about our region and practices, and hearing about his experiences from around the world.
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#fleurieupeninsula
  • Sunrise on Wednesday morning at historic Landcross Farm, home to our cellar door #nofilter 📷 Ben Paxton @ the crack ass of dawn
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  • A little sneak peak at our newly packaged wines, one from each range. We think they look and taste great.
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#paxtonwines #paxton2.0 #organic #biodynamic #wine #instawine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #fleurieupeninsula
  • #95pt #grenache #2017 #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #killervintage
  • Pictured here is one of our EJ Shiraz vines, planted in the late 1800s, and can be found in our Thomas Block Vineyard. The is one of the oldest surviving vineyards in the region, and still on original rootstock.
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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 grandparents of South Australian astronaut Andy Thomas. The low lying site where this vineyard sits is one of the coolest in McLaren Vale, and as a result produces fruit of exceptional natural balance and flavour. 
#paxtonwines
#thomasblock
#oldvine
#shiraz
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • #Trophy #bestinshow #shirazblends #AAA #Paxtonwines #2018
  • Cheers to an incredibly delicious Paxton Wine Dinner with our dear friends @morselstapasrestaurant  #goldcoastfood #tapasbar #deliciousfood @bouchonwinesandspirits
  • Live music is back at Paxton Wines for Spring Affair, Sunday 30th September. Join us for the entire day, or choose your own adventure; combining a visit to Paxton with a couple of other McLaren Vale producers. For tickets go to www.springaffair.com.au
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#paxtonwines
#springaffair
#mvspringaffair
#mclarenvale
#wine
#adelaide
#southaustralia
  • Winter at Landcross Farm aint so bad. Bush vine Mataro looking the goods
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#paxtonwines
#landcrossfarm
#mataro
#bushvine
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • #Repost @winsordobbin
・・・
Looking for a #wine that is “natural”, organic and with no added preservatives? The 2018 @paxtonwines Now Chardonnay fits the bill. It is also gluten free and “vegan friendly”. #wine #Australia @mclaren_vale
  • Quandong Farm Vineyard converted to Biodynamics' in 2004. After 14 years we thought we could do with some help with the under-vine and inter-row grass / weed management. We would like to introduce the new members of the Paxton team! 📷 @richardfreebairn .
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#paxtonwines
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • This is the mortar and pestle used to grind up oak bark and valerian flowers for the production of biodynamic preps which go into our compost. It’s a very hands on and labour intensive process, but totally worth the effort
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#paxtonwines
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • We had the privilege of hosting @evangoldsteinms from the USA at the end of June. Evan is a Master Sommelier, author and educator.  His enthusiasm for all things food and wine is infectious. It was a pleasure showing him some Paxton wines while talking about our region and practices, and hearing about his experiences from around the world.
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#paxtonwines
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula
  • Sunrise on Wednesday morning at historic Landcross Farm, home to our cellar door #nofilter 📷 Ben Paxton @ the crack ass of dawn
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#paxtonwines
#sunrise
#landcrossfarm
#organic
#biodynamic
#wine
#instawine
#mclarenvale
#southaustralia
#fleurieupeninsula

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