Flaxman Wines

South Australia | Eden Valley

James' Review

After visiting the Barossa Valley for over a decade, Melbourne residents Colin Sheppard and wife Fi decided on a seachange, and in 2004 found a small, old vineyard overlooking Flaxmans Valley. It consists of 1ha of 60+ and 90-year-old riesling, 1ha of 65+ and 90-year- old shiraz and a 0.8ha of 60+ year-old semillon. The vines are dry-grown, hand-pruned and hand-picked, and treated – say the Sheppards – as their garden. Yields are restricted to under 4t/ha, and exceptional parcels of locally grown grapes are also purchased. Colin has worked at various Barossa wineries for many years, and his attention to detail (and understanding of the process) is reflected in the consistently high quality of the wines.


Flaxman Wines was founded in 2004 by Colin and Fiona Sheppard. After visiting the Barossa over many years, the decision to move here from Melbourne was made. Col was a builder but got the urge to take his passion of drinking wine to the next level by not just drinking it, but making it too. The Flaxman vineyard was planted out in 1929 with Shiraz, Riesling and Semillon and we also source small parcels of Grenache, Mataro and some Eden Valley Cabernet & Chardonnay to add to our wine portfolio. The vineyard is dry grown and handpicked each year by ourselves and friends who come in to lend a hand. Wines are now made onsite and during vintage, people can see the winemaking process happening first hand.


Winemaker Colin Sheppard
Established 2005
Dozens 1000
Vineyards (area) 2 ha
Opening Hours Thurs 11-4, Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun 11-4
Address 662 Flaxmans Valley Road, Flaxmans Valley, SA 5253
Telephone 0411 668 949
Website www.flaxmanwines.com.au