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.

  • Owen and Nelson hard at work, carefully pitchforking the 1887 handpicked EJ Shiraz grapes into the destemmer before they are tipped into an open top fermenter. They will sit and ferment on the skins for 14 days...nothing but love here. #v19 #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #oldvines #shiraz #EJ #wineaustralia #sawine #v19halliday
  • Paxton on tour in Holland #hoteldewereld where WWII officially ended and a stunning, historic venue.
  • Hand picking at Thomas Block the old vine Shiraz for our 2019 EJ #v19 #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #old vineshiraz #shiraz #handpicking #EJ #organicwine #biodynamicwine #wineaustralia #sawines #ichoosesa #v19halliday
  • #v19 #tempranillo almost ready to pick. #muchas_gracias #organicwine #biodynamicwine
  • The Wine Bar @ Paxton is on the move! Our converted container has just landed in a new location for some Summer vibes. Who can guess the location?
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  • Anyone know the name of this native South Australian fruit?
  • 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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  • #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

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  • Owen and Nelson hard at work, carefully pitchforking the 1887 handpicked EJ Shiraz grapes into the destemmer before they are tipped into an open top fermenter. They will sit and ferment on the skins for 14 days...nothing but love here. #v19 #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #oldvines #shiraz #EJ #wineaustralia #sawine #v19halliday
  • Paxton on tour in Holland #hoteldewereld where WWII officially ended and a stunning, historic venue.
  • Hand picking at Thomas Block the old vine Shiraz for our 2019 EJ #v19 #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #old vineshiraz #shiraz #handpicking #EJ #organicwine #biodynamicwine #wineaustralia #sawines #ichoosesa #v19halliday
  • #v19 #tempranillo almost ready to pick. #muchas_gracias #organicwine #biodynamicwine
  • The Wine Bar @ Paxton is on the move! Our converted container has just landed in a new location for some Summer vibes. Who can guess the location?
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#paxtonwines #winebaratpaxton #winebar #paxtonpopup #biodynamic #organic #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #wine #southaustralia
  • Anyone know the name of this native South Australian fruit?
  • 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

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