Learn how to make wine online with Austin’s
Introducing… Virtual memberships. Learn the winemaking process from the comfort of your home
These virtual memberships will be on sale in November 2020. Join the Rent a Vine WAITING list to be notified first..
This year-long immersive virtual winemaking experience will take your wine interest to the next level.
Over 8 months you’ll enjoy a series of winemaking events and behind-the-scenes access to an Austin’s winemaker.
At the end, you’ll leave with a dozen wines of a custom ‘Virtual Members’ blend from the 2021 vintage [and hopefully a lot of good memories, wine making knowledge and a few new friends]..
Learn the winemaking process from home; picking to blending, bottling to branding. A truly unique gift for yourself, the wine lover in your life, or for that person who has everything…
These memberships are designed for those who can not attend our Geelong workshops. There will be four online zoom sessions which includes a hands-on activity and/or tasting along with regular videos to watch and learn the winemaking process from home. At the end of the membership you will receive a dozen pinot noir bottles of wine.
- 1 x dozen custom labelled bottles of pinot noir (RRP $540
- 4 x online workshops throughout the year
- Access to an Austin’s winemaker
- Access to an exclusive Facebook group and updates throughout the year
- 10% off Austin’s wines and wine club (full priced items only)
Interactive Live Zoom sessions to discover the ins and outs of making pinot noir. The sessions will be held live on Thursday evenings at 7pm- 8pm on the dates outlined below.
Workshop 1 in February 18th : Introduction. Wine tasting: discovering pinot clones and oak influences.
Workshop 2 in March 25th: Picking and crushing. Pinot noir wine tasting with the winemaker.
Workshop 3 in July 22nd: Vineyard Pruning. Barrel Sample tastings
Workshop 4 in September 9th: Blending. Blend your wine at home.
To read about the workshops in 2021, read the Insiders guide to Rent a Vine blogs
Are these workshop dates final?
Yes, however if for some reason beyond our control we need to change the date, we will notify you ahead of time.
What happens if I can not make a live zoom?
All of the zoom sessions will be recorded for you to watch in your own time. If you have any questions, you will be able to ask in the exclusive Facebook group or via email.
What makes the wine customised?
The wine will be a unique blend to the rent-a-vine virtual members (there will be a choice of between 2-3 blends based on preferences and based around the vintage conditions/wine quality for that year). Your allocation will also be labelled with your customised label. There will be three designs to choose from that will be customised with your details or you are more than welcome to design your own label and we will organise printing.
Can I cancel my membership?
We do not offer refunds to the virtual membership however you can transfer your place to someone else.
For financial hardship or external conditions such as another lockdown, compensation can be discussed on a case by case basis.
What winemakers/team will be hosting the workshops?
We have a team of people who will assist in hosting the workshops and it may change depending on the area of expertise. Our team are a talented and passionate bunch, which always makes for an enjoyable day. There will be one point of contact for the program though to enable consistency throughout the year.
What wine is made?
The virtual members will make a team batch of custom pinot noir.
Can I attend any workshops face to face?
You can choose to purchase one day workshops that will be offered throughout the year. We will notify you when these become available.
Can I pay in instalments?
You can pay in quarterly instalments.
WHERE IS AUSTIN’S LOCATED?
Austin’s Wines is a family owned vineyard in the Moorabool Valley, Geelong. A leisurely fifty minute drive from Melbourne our award winning winery is amongst some of Australia’s’ best pinot noir producers including Clyde Park, Bannockburn, By Farr and Lethbridge. Established in 1982, we have one of the largest single family holdings of pinot noir in Australia, 90 acres. We produce quality fruit that is used across our two brands – 6Ft6 and Austin’s that are enjoyed by wine lovers throughout Australia, the USA and China.
CAN I PAY IN INSTALMENTS?
Yes please choose the instalments option.
Austin’s has been located in the heart of the Moorabool Valley since 1990, a cool climate wine region steeped in rich history. Nestled between Geelong & Ballarat, the Moorabool Valley’s small, family run vineyards provide rich and intense low yield fruit, an ideal terroir for producing award-winning wines.
The Austin’s Estate is across 1,500 acres, with 150 under vine. The land boasts rich volcanic, limestone soils and a terrain that sits in a rain shadow.
Challenging weather conditions makes the Moorabool Valley one of the most complicated places to make wine, yet it produces some of the region’s best wines, notably, pinot noir.
Sitting on the ocean floor some 20,000 years ago, this land has been reclaimed by millennia of volcanic activity. Geelong’s Moorabool Valley sub-region has a tough limestone and basalt base. This gives the sub-region its unique terroir and provides the ideal free-draining soil for our grapevines.
Moorabool Valley’s cool climate is continental by nature but still moderated by its proximity to the ocean. This provides perfect conditions to grow world-class wines. All our vines are planted north–south and trained vertically. The canopies are managed to provide enough light and air into the fruit zone to maximise vine quality and health.
Careful irrigation during the growing season ensures healthy vine growth and even ripening which is the key to quality fruit.
Read more about the Moorabool Valley region here.
REFUNDS & TRANSFERS
There are no refunds for Rent a Vine membership if you cancel within thirty (30) days of the program commencing). If you cancel the Rent a Vine membership before 30 days of the program commencing, you will receive a refund minus a $200 administration and replacement fee.
You are able to transfer your membership at any time throughout the year or alternatively you can still keep your custom wine without attending any of the remaining workshops.