About us


The Pawn had its beginning in 2002 as a “once” off experiment between viticulturist & winemaker Tom Keelan and vigneron David Blows. They had a craving to make into wine small parcels of Tempranillo and Petit Verdot from their Springhill Vineyards in Macclesfield. The pair had become perturbed and jaded that certain grape varieties were being used as blending tools by the bigger wine companies and that the potential of “old world” wine styles wasn’t being allowed to shine within the wine industry. These varieties were being ignored by the dominating wine corporates and not being used as stand alone artisinal 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 a wine range which rebelled against the corporate players of the wine industry. They began to identify 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, artisinal wine.


With the ever increasing centralisation of the wine industry, we, like you, could be forgiven for thinking we were all just pawns in the big wine company game. The release of the Pawn is a manifestation of our resolve to amend this situation by releasing wines hand crafted from small parcels of premium fruit from our Adelaide Hills Vineyards.

With this philosophy as their goal The Pawn team, Tom Keelan – Viticulturist & Winemaker, David Blows – Vigneron, Rebecca Willson – Winemaker and Vanessa Blows – European trained Cordon Bleu have embarked on producing hand crafted wines from varieties such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Montepuciano and Sauvignon Blanc.

Wines created to be consumed young and fresh and with food as their ultimate cohort.

The Pawn Wine Co.
Vintage 2016

Vintage 2016 for TPWC was one of the longest in our 15 year history, with harvest beginning early in February with amazing sugar-acid balance and well developed flavour very early, continuing all the way into April.We experienced above average rain during our winter months this year, however after that, the rain all but dried up. With no spring or early summer rains the vines were beautifully balanced with no disease pressure during grape maturation.

Our Vintage 2016 will be remembered for a few things, beautiful grape and wine quality, no heatwaves, no rain and wearing jumpers in February.