Life and business partners NZ-born Frewin Ries and Barossa-born Candice Helbig crammed multiple wine lives into a relatively short period before giving up secure jobs and establishing CRFT in time for their inaugural 2013 vintage. Frewin started with four years at Cloudy Bay before heading to St Emilion, then to the iconic pinot noir maker in Sonoma, Williams Selyem, then four years with Kingston Estate, and subsequent time as a contract winemaker. Candice is a sixth-generation Barossan, trained as a laboratory technician. She spent eight years with Hardys, gaining her degree in oenology and viticulture from CSU, then moved to Boar's Rock and Mollydooker in '11. They say growth will come from additional single vineyards rather than by increasing the size of the make of any particular wine. They share the Lenswood winery (the original Nepenthe winery) with other kindred spirits. A shed-cum-cellar door is in the planning stage, as is the possibility of planting some gruner veltliner. Exports to the UK and Singapore.
CRFT Wines express the individualism of location. Co-founded by winemakers Candice Helbig and Frewin Ries in 2012, they produce only Single Vineyard wines with a focus on grower, vineyard and subregion, each wine a pure reflection of site. All wines are hand-made with minimal intervention by Candice & Frewin at their boutique winery & vineyard in Carey Gully, Adelaide Hills. They purchased the 5 acre Arranmore Vineyard in March 2016.
Candice Helbig, Frewin Ries
45 Rangeview Drive
0413 475 485