Rachael was born in the Victorian country town of Ararat. Her family had a shiraz vineyard in the Grampians region which supplied a number of local wineries with fruit. She completed an oenology degree from the University of Adelaide in 1999 and began work as a flying winemaker. Over the next 5 years she completed vintages in Italy, California, France, Portugal and New Zealand as well as the Australian regions of McLaren Vale, Grampians, Robinvale and Hunter Valley. In 2003 she accepted a position as winemaker at Lamonts in the Swan Valley. It was here she met Josh.