Paynes Rise

Paynes Rise Wines in the Upper Yarra Valley is a boutique winery specialising in small batch wines produced from carefully selected fruit from their vineyard in Seville, Victoria. It is the realisation of many years of hard work, dedication and passion of Tim and Narelle Cullen. Paynes Rise endeavour to produce varietal fruit driven wines with complexity, that are expressive of the vineyards unique qualities and upper Yarra cool climate.


The very inviting cellar door is incorporated into the 1860′s homestead and property of Seville’s first settler, Thomas Payne. Our visitors have the opportunity to wander through the original house and outbuildings.

“We aim to present a place rich in history, charm and character, where our visitors can relax and enjoy our fine wines”

Tim & Narelle Cullen


Payne’s Rise has evolved from a love of, and connection, with, the Yarra Valley, its people and history. The business is run by owners Tim and Narelle Cullen. Both lived in the Valley and worked in, and owned, local businesses before establishing the Payne’s Rise cellar door. Tim, as a teenager, worked on a local orchard whilst gaining a business degree and Viticulture diploma. This was followed by an applied science, Viticulture degree at Charles Sturt University. He began work for Landmark Yarra Valley in 1999, and is still employed as an agronomist/viticulturalist. Tim’s occupation allows him daily contact with the wider Valley farming community, where he has formed strong friendships and connections. Tim and Narelle met in 1997. Narelle with no previous “on farm” experience was quickly initiated with the planting of their first vines in September 1999. She was soon committed to all aspects of the vineyard and was determined to create quality fruit.  Since the initial plantings, Tim and Narelle have carried out all the vineyard work themselves.


Fruit was initially sold to other local wineries until 2004 when they established the Payne’s Rise label. Wine was sold through wholesale suppliers and by appointment. In January 2011 the Payne’s Rise cellar door was officially opened.

Payne’s Rise wines are now establishing themselves as a premium Yarra Valley producer. Current release wines have won many awards in various cool climate wine shows around the country.

The Wines

At Payne’s Rise we aim for totally honest wines through exemplary vineyard management practices and minimal intervention in the winery. Our wines are fruit driven and display a complexity that is expressive of our vineyard’s unique qualities and the Upper Yarra cool climate.

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