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.

  • Our debut release of our NOW Chardonnay 2018....PF, Organic, Biodynamic range. Cheers #thewinefront #mclarenvale
  • #biodynamic farming’s most common preparation is 500 (which is cow manure in a cow horn buried over winter). We’re digging them out today in Spring and the rich and lively resulting fertiliser will be mixed into water and sprayed on our vineyards.  It activates and enhances life in our soils.
  • Well this certainly made our weekend! Our Cabernet Sauvignon making James Halliday’s @winecompanion Top 100 Wines of 2018!
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#paxtonwines #cabernetsauvignon #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #winecompanion #top100 #australianwine #wineaustralia #topaustralianwines #jameshalliday #aussiewine
  • #internationaltempranilloday so raise a glass to this classic Spanish varietal today #vivaespana #biodynamic #organic  #bushvines #paxtonwines
  • #bees #biodynamics when bees are present the environment is in ecological balance. Their pollination efforts keeps the world sustained and in balance for all plant life and human food supply. Hence why it’s our mascot at #paxtonwines
  • #thejourneybegins
  • That’s our new 2018 Rosé (handpicked Grenache and Shiraz), soon to be released. And, that’s a spa - that’s right, a spa in a bar, which you can hire for an hour @reunionislandpoolclub whilst you consume our Rosé. We’ve never heard of such a phenomenon before!
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#paxtonwines #rose #shiraz #grenache #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #reunionislandpoolclub #uphereswimthere #escpaethecity #melbourne
  • Is there a better match? Paxton Pinot Gris and these divine oysters at the @thesalopianinn
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#paxtonwines #pinotgris #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #salopianinn
  • Wine Bar @ Paxton is back! Our converted container has landed for some Spring vibes, but for a short time only before it heads to a secret location on the coast for the Summer. Come join us for a sundowner or knock-off drink, starting this Saturday! Open 3-7pm Fridays through Sundays from next week. Find us on Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale, between S.C.Pannell Wines and the turn off to d’Arenberg’s cube.
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#paxtonwines #winebaratpaxton #boozepaysthebills #winebar #paxtonpopup #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wine #southaustralia
  • Our EJ block - 125+ year old vines - swimming in sour sobs. Sour sobs are a little weed flower that will die off at the first bit of heat, right about now actually. .
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#spring #paxtonwines #shiraz #oldvine #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia
  • Nothing like hosting a new release tasting on the deck at Luna Park, overlooking two iconic structures, watching the storm clouds roll in.
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#paxtonwines #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #sydney #lunapark
  • Oh Grenache, how we love you dearly - how you grow beautifully in our home on the Fleurieu Peninsula - how you go perfectly with the diversity of Australia’s cuisines - we love you for your beautiful aromatics, spice and all things nice. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL GRENACHE DAY to you, it’s your day, and we’ll drink to you, by drinking you, cause you’re only a wine at the end of the day!
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#paxtonwines #organic #biodynamic #mclarenvale #grenacheday #grenache

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  • Our debut release of our NOW Chardonnay 2018....PF, Organic, Biodynamic range. Cheers #thewinefront #mclarenvale
  • #biodynamic farming’s most common preparation is 500 (which is cow manure in a cow horn buried over winter). We’re digging them out today in Spring and the rich and lively resulting fertiliser will be mixed into water and sprayed on our vineyards.  It activates and enhances life in our soils.
  • Well this certainly made our weekend! Our Cabernet Sauvignon making James Halliday’s @winecompanion Top 100 Wines of 2018!
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#paxtonwines #cabernetsauvignon #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #winecompanion #top100 #australianwine #wineaustralia #topaustralianwines #jameshalliday #aussiewine
  • #internationaltempranilloday so raise a glass to this classic Spanish varietal today #vivaespana #biodynamic #organic  #bushvines #paxtonwines
  • #bees #biodynamics when bees are present the environment is in ecological balance. Their pollination efforts keeps the world sustained and in balance for all plant life and human food supply. Hence why it’s our mascot at #paxtonwines
  • #thejourneybegins
  • That’s our new 2018 Rosé (handpicked Grenache and Shiraz), soon to be released. And, that’s a spa - that’s right, a spa in a bar, which you can hire for an hour @reunionislandpoolclub whilst you consume our Rosé. We’ve never heard of such a phenomenon before!
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.
#paxtonwines #rose #shiraz #grenache #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #reunionislandpoolclub #uphereswimthere #escpaethecity #melbourne
  • Is there a better match? Paxton Pinot Gris and these divine oysters at the @thesalopianinn
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#paxtonwines #pinotgris #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #salopianinn
  • Wine Bar @ Paxton is back! Our converted container has landed for some Spring vibes, but for a short time only before it heads to a secret location on the coast for the Summer. Come join us for a sundowner or knock-off drink, starting this Saturday! Open 3-7pm Fridays through Sundays from next week. Find us on Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale, between S.C.Pannell Wines and the turn off to d’Arenberg’s cube.
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#paxtonwines #winebaratpaxton #boozepaysthebills #winebar #paxtonpopup #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wine #southaustralia
  • Our EJ block - 125+ year old vines - swimming in sour sobs. Sour sobs are a little weed flower that will die off at the first bit of heat, right about now actually. .
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.
#spring #paxtonwines #shiraz #oldvine #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia
  • Nothing like hosting a new release tasting on the deck at Luna Park, overlooking two iconic structures, watching the storm clouds roll in.
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.
.
#paxtonwines #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #wine #southaustralia #sydney #lunapark
  • Oh Grenache, how we love you dearly - how you grow beautifully in our home on the Fleurieu Peninsula - how you go perfectly with the diversity of Australia’s cuisines - we love you for your beautiful aromatics, spice and all things nice. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL GRENACHE DAY to you, it’s your day, and we’ll drink to you, by drinking you, cause you’re only a wine at the end of the day!
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#paxtonwines #organic #biodynamic #mclarenvale #grenacheday #grenache

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