Riley was born and bred in the Adelaide Hills. A University of Adelaide graduate in Oenology and also in Viticulture, he has experience the world over. Locally, Riley has worked in the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Hunter Valley wine regions; his international experience includes Germany's Mosel Valley, California and Portugal. 

Riley has been the winemaker at Samuel's Gorge in McLaren Vale for the past 6 years. In addition to this role he has steadily been building an arsenal of wines under his own label - Harrison Wines. Riley is driven by crafting wines of aromatic intrigue and textural pleasure, but most importantly the wines must truly reflect the country on which they were grown.