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CRFT Wines Opens to the Public

By Scott Taddeo for Broadsheet Adelaide

"The two of them, with the help of a local builder, have rejuvenated the 100-year-old shearing shed and horse stable into a tasting room for the public. 'We really wanted to keep it as a rustic space,' Helbig says. 'You can even see in places where the timber has been chewed on by the animals,' adds Ries."

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New winery and cellar door for Carey Gully

By Johnny von Einem for InDaily

“Having a winery, cellar door and a vineyard, that’s always been a dream for us, and it’s pretty amazing,” Helbig says. “That’s the ultimate, isn’t it? If you go visit somewhere, you actually get to meet the people that are making the produce, or the people behind the brand. I think that’s what special about it, for me anyway.”

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CRFT Wines brings together partners in vine

By James Halliday for The Australian

"In tasting the wines I was blown away by the effortless transition from pinot noir to Barossa shiraz, each and every wine with jewel-like precision and beauty. Nor did the two white wines spoil the story."

Arts and craft

By Jane Faulkner for Halliday Magazine

"It’s cool to see young winemakers getting behind a variety deserving more love and attention, as in gewurztraminer."


25 great reds over $30

By James Halliday for Halliday Wine Companion

"This has all the attributes of fine wine at its zenith. Yes, it’s a great vineyard, and from the cooler Eden Valley, but Candice Helbig has coaxed every ounce of flavour from this medium-bodied wine, giving a sarcastic salute to those who think shiraz’s life starts with 14.5% alcohol, and needs yet more to obtain balance."

Best new wineries 2016

By James Halliday for Halliday Wine Companion

"Life and business partners New Zealand-born Frewin Ries and Barossa-born Candice Helbig crammed in multiple wine lives before establishing CRFT in 2012, their first vintage following in ’13. Four wines at 95 and 96 points, two at 94, and two at 93 say it all."

CRFT Wines: A fine craft

By David Knight for The Adelaide Review

"CRFT celebrate the vineyards on their labels and website. Before discussing the winemaking techniques and tasting notes, each release on CRFT’s website details the vineyard first: the site’s location, the farmer/owner, the map coordinates and clones as well as a soil description. CRFT goes above and beyond to showcase where their fruit comes from. Like paddock to plate with food, CRFT deliver the ‘vineyard to glass’ story’."

HOT 100 WINES 2016/17

By The Adelaide Review

"White wines that are all about texture: CRFT Wines' 2016 Gruner Veltliner from the Adelaide Hills."

The Wine Pig

Meet the winemaker: Candice Helbig

By The Wine Pig

"Their winemaking philosophy is simple: preserve what the vineyard grew and create balance and harmony, leaving a minimal winemaking footprint ... the duo do an amazing job of championing the diversity of soils and climates across the regions."

The Best New Wineries of 2016

By Riedel: The Wine Glass Company

"If you have sampled one of CRFT Wines’ delicious Gruner Veltliner or Pinot Noirs, you can count yourself among one of the lucky few. The winery restricts itself to small batches, producing only about 2,000 bottles from two to three tonnes of fruit ... their stunning labels further demonstrate their connection to the earth, featuring a unique photograph of the soil from their vineyards."