Fran k land Estate was estab lished in1988 by Bar rie Smith and Judi Cul lam who continue to be actively involved in every aspect of the vine yard and win ery. They are now assisted by their daugh ter Eliz a beth Smith, son Hunter Smith and a small, hard working team who enjoy the diverse and idio syn cratic chal lenges asso ci ated with work ing in a fam ily business.
The Iso la tion Ridge vine yard lies on part of a farm where the fam ily have run a wool grow ing enter prise since 1974. The deci sion to diver sify their farm ing inter ests was inspired and informed by a tour of French vine yards Bar rie and Judi under took in 1985 and also by two vin tages they worked at Chateau Sene jac in Bordeaux.
The wine mak ing philoso phies at Fran k land Estate reflect these influ ences as well as the hard-earned lessons gained from some 17 vin tages in the Fran k land River region.
Our approach to wine mak ing is based on the prin ci ple that the most sig nif i cant charac ter is tics of a wine come Read more »