An anthology of singular wines from diverse and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them.

Our Wines

Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from a passion and respect for distinct and often challenging viticultural microclimates. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

About Us

Kate Stamps - Owner

Kate came to work with wine by happenstance. An hour short of college graduation, Kate signed up for the first study abroad program available to: NSW, Australia. Upon arriving, she realized she had accidentally been sent to the wrong school, a sister school focusing on wine-making. Weeks later, when the time came to relocate, she declined as she had fallen deeply in love with the vineyards and wine.

Three years and a concurrent viticulture and enology degree later, Kate headed to NYC for a year of pallet training (WSET). She remained in NY for eleven years, earning multiple wine certifications and working on all tiers of the industry. In 2015, Kate relocated to Asheville, NC with the idea of starting her own wine import company. In 2017, that vision was realized when Rise Over Run was founded. In 2019, Kate bought out her business partners and investor to become the sole owner and director of the company.

Samara Rasmussen - Operations

Samara began her career path in the design world before moving into restaurant management for nearly a decade. Most recently, Samara worked with an accounting firm that specializes in Asheville food & beverage businesses. With a background in food & beverage, and a love for numbers and organizational systems, joining the Rise Over Run team felt like a perfect match. During her time in restaurants, Samara developed a passion for supporting local farmers who grow the highest quality product in a gentle and sustainable manner; this passion is carried on through working with wine growers who practice the same ethos. When not crunching numbers or creating spreadsheets, Samara enjoys unwinding with her husband, three children and menagerie of animals they live with on their small homestead in Leicester, NC.

Chris Thornbury - Wine Rep, Asheville

Chris studied art before becoming obsessed with the subject of wine and its endless details. This lead to a career in the restaurant business spanning over twenty years. Originally from Detroit, he’s lived and worked in Savannah Georgia and Portland Oregon. Chris has spent his career advocating for small, family run wineries who practice low intervention viticulture and the people who make these places function. Chris lives in Canton North Carolina with his beautiful wife and three boys.

Natalia Roman - Wine Rep, Charlotte

Born and bred in Miami, Natalia has been in the Charlotte area for over 13 years and lives with her two pitbull and kitty rescues. A lover of baking, tacos, and all things fermented, Natalia's journey with wine began in college while working at a small bottle shop, when she first began to discover the vast world of wine. Her passion for sustainability and preserving the environment led Natalia to the world of 'natural' wine where she has since developed a passion for wine made by growers and producers who stay true to and preserve the expression of the terroir, while working in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. "If I had to pick one grape varietal to sip for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be Gamay all the way!".

Halsey Merritt - Wine Rep, Triangle

Halsey has lived in NC for quite some time, with roots in Durham & later Raleigh. She studied business at NC State & completed her Master's in Global Luxury & Management in France, where she learned the art of slow eating, drinking, & conversing intimately with friends. Wine was a happy surprise, as she took a retail job while applying for more corporate level positions within the luxury industry after grad school. The rest is history, as they say, & she fell in love with wine. A few years later, she helped open, managed, & purchased for Short Walk Wines in downtown Raleigh, & was even able to spend a short week in California dipping her toes quite literally into the harvest season. She hopes to experience a full harvest in the future. Halsey loves sharing wine with others, pairing food & wine, making pasta, & learning all she can about the vast world of wine.

Rise Over Run Wine, a small import and distribution company based in Asheville, NC, is the result of a deep love of family farms, sustainable growing, and unadulterated wines. Our portfolio emphasizes the cultural component and sense of place that small production, minimal intervention wines express; direct imports further spotlight the importance of slope and elevation (Rise/Run=Slope).

The company mission is to affiliate wine back to farming, dispel the perception that wine is unapproachable, and to promote its enjoyment by all. Through awareness and conscious community effort, ROR hopes to support social change in an industry that has historically had limited diversity and inclusion.

ROR is the only NC-based wine import and distribution company to be 100% owned by a female.

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