The Pawn Wine Co. had its beginning in 2002 as a “once” off experiment between 2 mates – winemaker Tom Keelan and vigneron David Blows. They had a craving to make small parcels of wine from alternative varieties growing on their Springhill Vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. The pair had become perturbed and jaded (pissed off!) that certain grape varieties were being used as blending tools by the bigger corporate wine companies and that the potential of “old world” wine styles was not being allowed to shine within the Adelaide Hills. These varieties were ignored by the dominating wine corporates and not being used as stand alone artisinal Adelaide Hills wines of provenance.
This first vintage of The Pawn wines was so well recieved, that it suggested to them that an opportunity existed to develop an Adelaide Hills wine range which rebelled against the corporate players of the wine industry. They began to identify other idyllic viticultural sites and hand selected parcels of fruit within their Adelaide Hills vineyard to produce wines that were not only a bit unconventional, but enjoyable to drink, incredibly food friendly, and made in a style that reflects their true origins – the ultimate in hand crafted, Adelaide Hills, Artisinal wine.