Located in the Clare Valley, Rise Vineyards is the realisation of Grant Norman and Matthew McCulloch's dream – two friends from opposite ends of the world (New Zealand and Scotland) that fell in love with South Australia’s bucolic Clare Valley and ended up settling there with their families. Both Grant and Matthew have worked in the wine industry for more years than they care to remember and have run two of South Australia’s leading wineries, Kirrihill Wines and Château Tanunda respectively. However, it is with Rise Vineyards that they have been truly able to express their winemaking philosophy. Growing grapes and making wines has given them the freedom to create the kind of wines which they themselves as well as their families and friends enjoy drinking.
What cellaring advice do you wish you’d received earlier and why?
As you shouldn't go shopping when hungry, neither should you go into the cellar after one too many bottles of wine with dinner. Most of the time, you’ll probably open something you'll regret the next morning!