Framingham Riesling vines are amongst the oldest in Marlborough, planted in 1981 they were some of the first vines grafted on phylloxera resistant rootstock in the area.
The original vineyard was established by Wellington engineer Rex Brooke-Taylor who took the name Framingham from his ancestral home town near Norwich, England.
Our initial releases were produced using other wineries’ facilities. The first wine released under the Framingham name was a 1994 Riesling. Our winery and tasting room were built in 1997, and a specialist red wine handling facility and barrel hall was added in 2002. We produced wine from our new winery on Conders Bend Road in the Wairau Valley for the first time in 1998.
Today we are a family-owned Sogrape company, our range includes Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Montepulciano. In past years we have also produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Merlot, Merlot-Malbec, Chenin Blanc and Methode Champenoise.
First planted in 1981 with what is now amongst the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough, our Wairau Valley vineyard is based on warm, well drained stony soils.
The alluvial soils of the estate were formed by the sedimentation of the Wairau River. In the warm centre of the valley, with a low rainfall and relatively low frost risk, we can harvest controlled yields at desired ripeness. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are all grown on our Wairau Valley estate. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are also sourced from select contract growers in the same valley.
We take a low impact approach to vineyard management with a lot of hand work and a strong environmental focus avoiding systemic chemicals and planting flowers to encourage biodiversity. Accredited as a sustainable vineyard and winery under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program, we are currently in conversion to organic viticulture – further minimising our impact on the land and bringing things back into balance.
Built in 1997 to bring our winemaking onsite and under our control, the winery and office are planted in the middle of our 17 hectare estate on Conders Bend Road. We added a specialist red wine making facility and barrel hall in 2002.
Audited and accredited as 100% sustainable by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand in 2009, the winery produces our range of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Montepulciano, including New Zealand’s Montepulciano Rosato.
The winery holds tanks ranging from 600 to 40,000 litres, supplemented by barrels made from both oak and stainless steel, 50 litre stainless beer kegs and 23 litre glass jars. These vessels allow many different blending options and approaches to winemaking.
Our winery and cellar door are open seven days a week. Come and visit us and see for yourself. Quiz us on your favourite variety or vintage. Take a look at our cellar or relax in the courtyard. Ask to see the view from the gantry above our largest tanks.