Craven Wines is the result of a chance meeting whilst working vintage in California. Jeanine and Mick then travelled the world, working in as many different regions as possible, before returning to Jeanine's home in Stellenbosch to establish their own label.
“We both feel Stellenbosch has such an amazing array of sites and terroir, and that it is perfect for what we want to do. Which is make site-specific, honest wines. Let the grapes do the talking....” (Jeanine and Mick Craven)
Winemaking at Craven is as hands-off as possible, whilst showing incredible attention to detail. All fermentations are started with indiginous yeast, and wines are bottled unfined, following natural stabilisation. Minimal SO2 is added at bottling.
They have planted three vineyards around Stellenbosch. Faure Vineyards was planted in 1996 with Pinot Noir and Syrah grown. The vines are situated in proximity to the ocean which gives a consistent sea breeze cooling off during the growing season. Newlands vineyard was planted in 2005 and is perfectly suited to early ripening Pinot Gris.
If you are interested to know more about Craven and their range you can visit their website here.