The Story



Established in 2007, Rogers & Rufus is the tale of two vignerons whose passion for wine is matched with a love for the frivolous summer months. When pondering what to imbibe one evening, it was apparent that their ice buckets lacked one vital summer ingredient…a cold, crisp, pale rosé and so…Rogers & Rufus was born. 

An Australian professional winemaker of great repute, Rogers Hill-Smith runs the oldest family owned winery in Australia, Yalumba. He is never happier than when that summer sun starts to shine, the Aussie test match looms and the water of Kangaroo Island is calling his name- add a glass of rosé, and it’s the closest thing to Utopia a man can get.

A British entrepreneur and a visionary at heart, Rufus Clevely has always been an ideas man. His wine journey started at well-known champagne house, Veuve Clicquot, for 19 years before revolutionising the Gastropub scene across Blighty. Nostalgic for the romance and glamour of a forgotten era, Rufus has a passion for vintage cars and is a man that truly embodies joie de vivre!

With a shared appetite for the finer things in life, the two set about creating the best expression of Australian rosé possible. Their experienced palates have sought out a delicious savoury vibrant wine from the Barossa Valley showcasing the wonderful resource that is dry grown Bush Vine Grenache. The result is a pale salmon-pink wine, with a savoury rather than fruity style: its palate is subtle, delicate and properly dry. Most importantly, it is eminently quaffable!