Freya grew up at a home in the grounds of the Cape Mentelle estate. It was not too far from the winery and the daily fragrance of evolving wine is still a strong memory.
Following a ‘gap’ year out and about in the world, she commenced studies for a degree in Oenology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. In 2000 she graduated as dux of the course.
From graduation she took a number of jobs which included two vintages in France. The first was at Domaine de Rimauresq and then at Clos Puy Arnaud with Stéphane Derenoncourt. Her Southern Hemisphere vintages were spent with Yalumba, Vasse Felix, Voyager Estate, Brokenwood, Henshcke and De Bertoli (Yarra Valley).
In 2004 she was founding winemaker for the McHenry Hohnen Vintners partnership. More recently she has been the representative in Western Australia for Classic Oak Products and Tonnellerie François Frères.
Freya also produces wine in a partnership with Dan Murphy, Australia’s leading fine wine multiple retailer, under the label Once & Well by Freya Hohnen. With her partner Ryan Walsh they produce the wines for Walsh & Sons
, a Margaret River winery sourcing grapes from the family’s vineyards.