THE WINEMAKERS

We might not take ourselves too seriously, but the grape-growing and winemaking process is a different matter.

Dr Andrew Hedley – Head Winemaker

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.

James Bowskill – Viticulturist

Grows and picks the grapes. Majored in Interpretive Dance at Juilliard. Believes the earth is flat, and drinks turmeric lattes made with free-range organic hazelnut milk. Viticulturalist, James was recognised as Marlborough’s Young Viticulturalist of the Year 2011. If he’s not in the vineyard, you’ll find him playing the bass guitar in the Framingham Underground band room with our local winery band, Renwick Nudes.

THE TEAM

Being part of a culture that celebrates individuality means we can unashamedly be ourselves. Add a shared love for wine and music, and it’s safe to say we all get along… which is lucky because we get together for a team lunch every day. And we’re a family-owned Sogrape company.

Tom Trolove

Managing Director Doing the jobs no one else wants to do. Plays the guitar badly.
  • Started at Framingham – 2008

Leah Scadden

Logistics and Export Manager  Getting the wine into bottles and on to the boat. CrossFit enthusiast. Loves ABBA. 
  • Started at Framingham – 2011 

Jane White 

Vineyard Angel and Gardener Keeping the place looking great. Talented baker. Cares for the New Zealand native falcon.
  • Started at Framingham – 1997 

Jared Murtha

Global Sales Manager Sells the wine to anyone who wants it. Amateur boxer. Sang solo in Grease. Loves Muse and Foo Fighters. 
  • Started at Framingham – 2016

Bridget Glackin

Marketing Manager Wine label fanatic. Organiser of great parties, including the annual harvest concert. Trained Chef. Loves the Pixies
  • Started at Framingham – 2015

Veronica Williams

Assistant Winemaker Fermenting the grapes and keeping the presses working. Can read music and play piano. Sang in her church choir.
  • Started Framingham – 2007

Peter Russell

Cellar Hand Ferments the grapes and keeps the winery clean. Used to fall over waterfalls in a kayak. Favourite song Club Foot by Kasabian.   
  • Started Framingham – 2016 

Maureen Hamilton

Cellar Door Host Welcoming visitors to the winery. Drummer. Teenage driver of the year. Hurricanes supporter.
  •  Started Framingham – 2001

Billi Richmond

Customer Experience Manager Getting visitors to do more than just drink. Fashion designer. Huge Imagine Dragons fan!
  • Started Framingham – 2017

Alexandra Adler

European Sales Manager Sells the wine to the Europeans. Loves to dance. Speaks 6 languages.
  • Started Framingham – 2014

Laurel Rockliff – ‘Lolly’

Cellar Door Host “Nevis” Bungy Jumper. Loves Belly dancing & “Kin” to Ned Kelly.

Mary Jo Potez – ‘MJ’

Cellar Door Host Oman is her 3rd home. Initials of MJs 3 Jack Russells = PMT, came on holiday to Marlborough and bought a vineyard.

Bridget Byrne

Cellar Door Host Loves to sing to her vines. Spends her winters in Las Vegas. Is a Barber Shop teacher.

Helene Stanton

Cellar Door Host Lived in a light house. Owned a hotel on the west coast. Loves Ronan Keating.