The Framingham Vineyard

The Vineyards

Based on warm, well-drained stony soils, our Wairau Valley vineyard was first planted in 1981 and is now home to some of the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough.

The alluvial soils of our Wairau Valley Estate were formed by the sedimentation of the Wairau River. In the warm centre of the valley – where there’s 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 Estate. And we have carefully selected 12 contract vineyards in the same valley, which give us plenty of options.

Restoring the balance

We want to make quality wines for years to come. But not at the expense of the land. So we take a low-impact approach to vineyard management.

We do a lot of the work by hand, and we focus on the environment by avoiding systemic chemicals and planting flowers to encourage biodiversity.

Accredited as a sustainable vineyard and winery under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program, our Estate vineyard is also Certified Organic through BioGro NZ Ltd – further reflecting our efforts to bring things back into balance.