In a cluttered wine landscape, Framingham does things differently! With its first Wairau Valley vines planted back in 1981 on warm, well-drained stony soils, the winery continues to utilize small batch winemaking techniques for depth of flavor and texture. Framingham takes a low-impact approach to vineyard management to restore balance with the land. The team does a lot of work by hand, avoiding systemic chemicals and planting flowers that encourage biodiversity.
Framingham is the home to the legendary annual Framingham Harvest concert attended by international vintage workers and locals who come to celebrate 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.
Framingham is 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, and its Sauvignon Blancs are Marlborough Appellation Wine Certified.
Andrew Brown (Brownie)
Andrew Brown turns the grapes into extraordinary wine. Brownie grew up on a South Otago sheep and beef farm/commune that worships the humble ‘swede’. He developed a taste for wine in a dingy flat in Riccarton Christchurch. Whilst completing an esteemed degree in Leisure Studies, he decided the wine industry sounded more fun! With 17 vintages under his belt, the love is real. He is known for singing out loud (randomly) and at inappropriate moments…a syndrome that is yet to be diagnosed. Andrew Brown is a winemaker, lead singer, and disappears to the beach with the surf is up.
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.