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.

Tracy Jacobs Ervin - Wine Rep, Triangle

Tracy is a lover of nature, food, wine and a good story. Her education in Fine Arts and background in Documentary Photography led to a life of travel - and one that heavily relied on the steady lifeline restaurants could provide. Tracy’s 20 years of service industry experience fostered an undeniable passion for wine. She loves sharing that passion with others, and is currently enrolled in the WSET track. Tracy is a devotee of clean, raw winemaking and regenerative agriculture. Her path to relaxation begins by getting her hands dirty. She lives in Carrboro, NC with her two chihuahuas, her husband, and their orange tabby.

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.

Shelby Pounds - Wine Rep, Greater AVL and CLT

Shelby loves wine because it involves many of her major interests: geography, chemisty, history and art. She enjoys working with a product that encompasses so many subjects and is continuously developing. She is currently studying the WSET level 3 and hopes to earn the WSET diploma one day. Her favorite wines are aromatic whites with lots of acidity. When Shelby is not selling wine she likes to get outdoors with her dog and eat spicy food.

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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