With some of the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough, Framingham planted their first Wairau Valley vines back in 1981. Based on warm, well-drained stony soils that deliver distinctive tropical fruit flavors, the winery utilizes small batch winemaking for depth in flavor and texture.
Framingham takes a low-impact approach to vineyard management, to ‘restore balance’ with the land. They continue to do a lot of work by hand, avoid systemic chemicals and plant flowers that encourage biodiversity. Accredited as a sustainable vineyard and winery under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program, the Estate vineyard is also Certified Organic through BioGro NZ Ltd.
Framingham is also home to the now legendary Framingham Harvest concert, attended by 450+ international vintage workers and locals annually to celebrate the harvest, by partying in the Framingham winery courtyard. Up and coming bands from New Zealand take to the stage, including Framingham’s very own winery band, Renwick Nudes.
Dr. Andrew Hedley
Turns soil and sunshine into wine, and takes the blame if it’s not up to scratch. R&D organic chemist in a former time and place. Larynx was stolen while not paying attention in 2006.
Andrew joined Framingham in 2001 from Gateshead in the north of England. He has a PhD in organic chemistry, is a self-taught winemaker, and was drawn to Framingham through his obsession with Riesling – an obsession that’s brought international acclaim to Framingham ever since. And an important side note: Andrew’s a staunch lover of Punk music.