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The History

The original vineyard was established in 1981, by Wellingtonian engineer Rex Brooke-Taylor who took the name ‘Framingham’ from his ancestral home town near Norwich, England.

Before we brought our winemaking on site and under our control in 1997, we used other wineries’ facilities to produce our initial releases. And the first wine we released to the world under the Framingham name was a 1994 Riesling.

In past years we’ve been known to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Merlot, Merlot-Malbec, Chenin Blanc and Methode Champenoise. But today, we’re a family-owned Sogrape company with ranges including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Montepulciano.

Now producing all our wine from our new winery on Conders Bend Road, we made our first ever batch onsite in 1998. The rest, they say, is history.

 

The History of our people. 

Many people over the years have enabled us to push boundaries and operate 'Out of the Mainstream' here at Framingham.  It is thanks to these individuals that we have stuck to making wine by our own rules.

 

 Dr. Andrew Hedley -  Head Winemaker, 2001 - 2020

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.