2020 was a sell out. join the waitlist for the 2021 rent a vine program.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOTH PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY

Here’s one to tick off the bucket list!
Take your interest in wine to the next level with a year-long, fully immersive experience. 

Learn how to make wine – from picking to blending, bottling to branding. Savour the result with friends and family over years to come.
A truly unique gift for yourself, the wine lover in your life, or for that person who has everything…

Exclusive access and your very own wine

Austin’s will be opening the winery gates in 2021 for an exclusive, hands-on winemaking experience.
Over 12 months you’ll enjoy a series of winemaking events and behind-the-scenes access to our winemaker.  At the end, you’ll leave with your very own custom blended ‘Rent a Vine’ wine from the 2021 vintage.

WHAT's included

Here’s what’s included:

Your own row of vines
at Austin’s vineyard

Five exclusive,
catered workshops

Two dozen bottles of
your personalised
pinot noir wine

Austin’s Rent a Vine
Starter Pack

Hands-on learning
experience with an
Austin’s winemaker

10% Discount to the
Austin’s Wine Club

Access to an exclusive
Facebook group and
updates throughout the
year

End of year
celebration party

HANDS ON WORKSHOPS

Get your hands dirty and discover the ins and outs of a working winery, from vineyard to glass.

Workshop 1 in February: Introduction and Pinot Tasting  
Workshop 2 in March: Picking and Crushing 
Workshop 3 in July: Vineyard Pruning 
Workshop 4 in September: Barrel Tasting and Blending 
Workshop 5 in November: Bottling and Celebration Party 

Read our Insiders guide to rent a vine

FIRST OF A KIND CONCEPT

This inaugural rent-a-vine concept is the first of its kind in the region and an opportunity for us to share our passion for growing fruit, making wine and sharing a good conversation with you.

LIMITED SPOTS

This unmissable year-long experience has a limited number of memberships available, join the waiting list for first access and exclusive pricing. 

EXCLUSIVE BONUSES

You’ll also get:

• 10% off Austin’s wines & 15% off 6Ft6 wines (full priced wines only)

• First access to new vintage and museum releases

• First access to year-round events

RENT A VINE PRICING

• Your own row of pinot noir vines named after you for the year. You can visit the row even outside of the workshop times!
• 2 x dozen custom labelled bottles of either pinot noir or chardonnay (RRP $1080)
• 5 x hands-on workshops throughout the year
• End of year celebration party
• Winemakers welcome pack
• 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)

MEMBERSHIPS FROM $2297*

VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIPS FROM $997*

*Price subject to change. For further details, join the waitlist for updates including pricing. Payment Plans available. If the program is unable to go ahead to to any health or safety guidelines such as Covid, an online program will be offered or you will be given a full refund **. 

VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIPS

pinot noir wine tasting rent a vine

Introducing… Virtual memberships. 

Learn to make wine from the comfort of your home. Designed for those who want to learn how to make wine but can not attend our Geelong workshops. There will be four workshops over eight months which include a hands-on activity or tasting to complete while on a live zoom call. There will also be regular videos to watch and learn the winemaking process that include behind the scenes action of the winery and vineyard. At the end of the membership you will receive a dozen custom ‘virtual members’ blended and individually labelled pinot noir.

Workshop 1 in February 18th : Introduction to pinot noir.  Wine Tasting Discovery: Discovering pinot clones and oak influences. 
Workshop 2 in March 25th: Vintage overview; picking and crushing. Wine Tasting: Pinot noir wine tasting with the winemaker.
Workshop 3 in July 22nd: Vineyard Pruning. Wine Tasting: Barrel Sample tastings
Workshop 4 in September 9th: Blending. Wine Activity/Tasting: Blend your wine at home.

VIRTUAL PRICING

  • 1 x dozen custom labelled bottles of either pinot noir or chardonnay (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)

VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIPS FROM $997*

*Price subject to change. For further details, join the waitlist for updates including pricing. Payment Plans available.

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Rent a Vine at Austin's

FAQS

When will we know the workshop dates?

The timing of vintage is dependent on external weather events. At the end of January we will be able to let you know a firmer idea of when this will be and let you know as soon as possible. You can expect it will be from mid February to mid March. 

What happens if I can not make a workshop?

We are more than happy to fill in for you in case you can’t attend – don’t worry you will still receive your wine at the end. You are also more than welcome to send someone in your place for that workshop.

What makes the wine customised?

The wine will be a unique blend to the rent-a-vine members. 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.

How much physical labour is involved?

As little or as much as you like. We want you to experience winemaking without the hard work. Pick for an hour or for four or simply observe as you wish. We have staff on hand to assist as needed. Our main aim is that you enjoy yourself and learn as you go.

Can I pay in instalments?

To pay in installments head to the installment product page.

Can I cancel my membership?

We do not offer refunds to the rent-a-vine program 4 weeks out from the first workshop. If you notify us prior to this time we will happily refund you minus $200 administration costs. If for whatever reason you are unable to fulfil your place in the program throughout the year it can be transferred to another person in your place.

Where is the Austin’s winery located?

We are located in the Moorabool Valley, 50 minutes from Melbourne and 15 minutes from Geelong. We are a 15 minute drive from Avalon airport.

Is there transport available to and from the workshops?

We can organise a bus pick up from Geelong station to and from the winery for the workshops. We will need confirmation that you require this two weeks before each workshop.

What winemakers/team will be hosting the workshops?

Our Senior winemaker Duncan Lowe will be hosting the workshops. Duncan is a passionate and experienced winemaker and has a keen interest in educating those around him. With experience in vineyards such as Bannockburn, Rowslety Fault and Austin’s, you can be guaranteed an educational but enjoyable experience with him as host. Scott Austin will also join in on some workshops and be available for a chat.

What wine is made?

The Rent-a-Vine members make a team batch of custom pinot noir. Austin’s has one of the largest single family holdings of pinot noir vines in Australia, we produce over 15,000 dozen bottle of Pinot Noir a year and have won many awards and accolades for our pinot noir.

TESTIMONIALS

5 RED STAR RATED WINERY IN JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION (TOP 8% IN AUSTRALIA)

MAKERS OF HIGHLY AWARDED WINES

“Austins know how to put on an event! The Shiraz weekend was great – Daily Food Co catering was incredible, staff were friendly, it was really kid-friendly (our 3 year old had as much fun as we did) and of course the wine is incredible. We will be back again at the next one!”

CELESTE ROBERTSON

“I’m a big fan of the Shiraz however I tasted the Pinot and Chardonnay during a recent visit during Toast the Coast and they’re to die for! The winery and grounds are stunning!”

JOHN WHITELAW

“Have had the pleasure of trying almost all of the wine at Austin’s during Toast to the Coast and attending multiple events at this stunning winery. The hosts are lovely. Service is great and wine top notch.”

LIZ GANT