Candice and Frewin
Candice grew up surrounded by the rolling vineyards of the Barossa Valley and began working in the wine industry at age 17, straight out of high school. She soon realised winemaking was her real passion – and where the excitement could be found.
Candice studied Wine Science (Oenology) through Charles Sturt University and launched her winemaking career with prominent wineries including Hardy Wine Company and Mollydooker, as well as several custom-make facilities. She has now completed 14 vintages across almost every wine region in South Australia.
In 2009, Candice and Frewin travelled through some of the world’s most famous wine regions in Europe, the United States and South America. The trip inspired a whole new appreciation of wine and a drive to create something special and truly unique.
CRFT Wines was born three years later, in 2012. Since then, Candice has devoted her time solely to CRFT, throwing her love and attention into crafting their nine single-vineyard wines.
Candice is a passionate Shiraz lover and, though she and Frewin now live in the Adelaide Hills, she maintains a strong connection to her family and birthplace by making Barossa Valley and Eden Valley Shiraz. Her travels have also inspired a special soft spot for Grüner Veltliner.
Frewin is one of those lucky people who knew what he wanted to do from a very young age. He grew up on New Zealand’s North Island and by age 17 had already ticked off his first vintage, at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough.
At 19, Frewin graduated with a wine diploma and went on to hone his skills working 20 vintages across more than 15 wineries and vineyards in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and France.
He developed a love for the intricacies of making single vineyard Pinot Noir while working in Marlborough from 1998 to 2001 and during a stint at the Russian River Pinot House, Williams Selyem Winery in California in 2003.
In 2009, Frewin and Candice quit their winemaking jobs to travel the world on a seven-month wine and food tour, stopping over in the wine regions of Chile, Argentina, the United States and Europe. One afternoon, sitting beside the Danube River after visiting Austria’s Wachau region, Frewin and Candice hatched the grand plan to make their own single vineyard Grüner Veltliner back home in the Adelaide Hills.
In 2010, Frewin put his growing knowledge of Australia’s unique terroir to work and founded Complexity Wines, a company making wine from more than 50 family-owned vineyards throughout South Australia’s premium wine regions.
Frewin continues to head Complexity Wines, is a consultant for United Kingdom produce importer IPL/Asda and is chief plunger and wader for CRFT Wines.