Paxton Wines Cellar Door | McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

Paxton Wines

S2 Architects

a Winery Cellar Door in McLaren Vale


Paxton Wines is located in a historic sheep shearing shed in McLaren Vale. The outside of the building is quintessential and in good condtion, but Studio S2 were commissioned to give the interior a facelift in 2021.

Everything is in balance – pure and simple. Not too little and not too much. A humble place.


  • Update the Cellar Door to allow more people to taste, reduce the bottleneck, create options and space for storage and retail display.
  • Create an outdoor area that is suitable to use in all weather for customers to sit & relax.
  • To create a welcoming & workable space for wine tasting experiences & sales that fits in with our brand.
  • We want to make sure that the changes made take into consideration the characteristics & history of the property, what our company stands for, being  certified organic & bio-dynamic and what the Paxton family vision is for the property.
  • To create changes that will suit a growing tourism business of wine tasting experiences and functions.


  • A Cellar Door experience that is charming and witty, but balanced and systemised. It should be so well organised that the staff are tangibly calm, grounded and confident, clever and in good humour. A place where visitors can be tranquil in their confidence that everything is in balance – all decisions have been made with purpose, quality and simplicity.
    Entrance that is clear, cheerful and elegant. Good inside-outside connection.
  • Atmosphere that is clean and clear, uplifting, simple and light. Natural light and fresh air. A joyful and beautiful element with otherwise neutral palate.
  • Retail and service areas that are well organised, everything in it’s place, enough but not overflowing. No fuss materials.
  • Tasting experience that is ‘a simple answer to a simple question’, promotes the healthy clean-ness of the wines, encourages visitors to understand the harmony and continuity of the place.

The project received a grant from the SATC Tourism Industry Development Fund.


For most tourism businesses, working on your buildings and grounds is a big deal. There is a lot of money and time at stake and can be difficult to know where to start. So let’s just start with a coffee.