The ethos behind the vineyard is to produce classic, fruit driven wines with a complexity that reflects the unique expression of their cool climate Upper Yarra heritage. It is the realisation of many years of hard work, dedication and passion. Paynes Rise endeavour to produce varietal fruit driven wines with complexity, that are expressive of the vineyards unique qualities and upper Yarra cool climate. They aim to present a place rich in history, charm and character, where visitors can relax and enjoy Paynes Rise wines. The very inviting cellar door is incorporated into the 1860s homestead and property of Seville’s first settler, Thomas Payne. Estate visitors have the opportunity to wander throughout the original house and historic outbuildings.
Paynes Rise planted to a north facing slope at Seville in Upper Yarra Valley. This area experiences cooler average temperatures than the Northern and Central regions of the Valley, mainly due to its higher elevation. The elevation of site at Paynes Rise is 200m above sea level. The soil type is an immensely deep and fertile red volcanic light clay soil. The climate provides for a very slow even fruit ripening period, reflected in the intense characters from the area. Great wines begin in the vineyard. The vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The team take pride in producing fruit that's of the highest quality, from parcels of exceptional vines that are in perfect, natural balance.
The cool climate coupled with the regions relatively high average rainfall and fertile soils provides for very healthy, vigoros vines. Many viticultural management techniques are employed to manipulate the vines growth to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and desired fruit production.
Crop levels are evaluated several times throughout the season and thinned where required to maintain low cropping levels. At harvest all fruit is hand picked and sorted in the field. The aim is to create an outstanding range of wines by employing the highest standards of vine husbandry and dedicated land management.