Fram was founded in 2013 by Thinhus Kruger. He had made wine for 12 years for the iconic Boschendal winery in Franschhoek, and now wanted to make his own wines, under his own label. Thinhus is quite a character. Fram means “forward” in Norwegian, and it was the name of a ship used by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen for expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, and is said to have sailed further north and further south than any other wooden ship. To this end Thinhus promises that Fram will “always sail into uncharted waters, to boldly search for whatever great grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon”. He searches out parcels of old vines on great soils, working with farmers in sometimes remote corners of South Africa. Three areas in particular have caught his attention: Robertson, Citrusdal Mountain and Swartland. The “blackland” of Swartland, less than an hours drive north of Cape Town, is home to some of the oldest vines in the country and here Thinhus finds his Shiraz. Robertson provides his Chardonnay from its alluvial soils, and the deep red sandy terroir of Citrusdal Mountain gives him the fruit for his flagship Pinotage. These are innovative wines, passionately crafted, they will really take your taste buds …........ forward!