2022 PLACES ARE NOW CLOSED

Tick ‘become a winemaker’ off your bucket list this year. Rent a Vine with us at Austin’s for this truly unique, fully immersive experience. This 12 month membership will teach you how to make wine; from picking and crushing, pruning and tending to blending and branding.

A truly bucket list experience at your own back door!

It also makes an ideal gift for yourself, the wine lover in your life, or for that person who has everything.

2022 places are now closed, join the waitlist further down this page to be the first to know when 2023 memberships will be available.

Hear from previous members

Your own vine, Exclusive access and custom wine

This exclusive, hands-on winemaking experience gives you VIP, behind-the-scenes access to our winery and winemaking team. 
Over twelve months you’ll enjoy a series of five winemaking events where you tend to your row of vines and make wine with one of Australia’s top rated wineries.

WHAT's included

Your own row of vines at Austin’s vineyard

Five exclusive, catered workshops

Two dozen bottles of your personalised pinot noir

Austin’s Rent a Vine Starter Pack

Hands-on learning experience with an Austin’s winemaker

25% Discount to wine throughout your membership* (online and take home sales)

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 April: Picking and Crushing

  • Pinot Noir Saturday 2nd April 2022 

Discover the vineyard and name your own row of vines. Craig, our vineyard manager will teach you the ins and outs of picking fruit and you will be handed your personal pair of secateurs to begin the task.  Once the fruit is picked, head to the winery where you will discover the process from pressing to barrel. Taste the fresh pressings and enjoy a wine tasting over lunch.

Fitness required: To pick the vines some bending and lifting is required. This can be modified with staff to assist.

Timing: 1.5-2 hours in the vineyard, 1.5 hours in the winery, followed by lunch.

Workshop 2 in May: Tutored Wine Flight tasting

 
  • Pinot Noir Saturday 21st May 2022

Clones, baume, oak and blending are all terms you may or may not be familiar with. In this interactive tasting session, you will learn about wine in an approachable manner and learn some wine terminology while you are at it!

You will learn what the different influences are in wine making and your preferred wine style.

Fitness Required: Any fitness level

Timing: .5 hours to visit your vine, 1.5 hours wine discovery followed by lunch

Workshop 3 in July: Vineyard pruning

 
  • Pinot Noir Saturday July 23rd 2022

In this workshop you will learn how to prune your vines and the different methods which this can be done. This integral part of the viticulture process affects the amount and quality of fruit that will be produced in harvest.

Bring your coat and warm up afterwards tasting your wine straight from barrel.

Fitness Required: Pruning requires bending and some walking. Can be adjusted with assistance from staff.

Timing: 1.5-2 hours in the vineyard, .5 hours in winery, followed by lunch

Workshop 4 in September: Barrel Tasting and Blending

 
  • Pinot Noir Saturday 10th September 2022

Blending plays an absolutely vital role in winemaking, it improves the wine and adds complexity, balance or age-ability.

Blends can be made up wine from different barrels, different batches (alternate harvest times), different clones, different varieties (eg. sometimes white is used to soften a red) and different vintages.

In this workshop you will learn how to blend wine and choose your preference for your wine allocation.

Fitness Required: Any fitness level is suitable

Timing: 2 hours blending followed by lunch

Workshop 5: Celebration Party

 

Saturday 19th November 2022

Drinking the wine is arguably the best part, and what a way to celebrate the year! All Rent a Vine members are invited to join us at the cellar door for a celebration party in the evening.. Austin’s is known for its events and this one will be the biggest [and best] on the annual calendar.

Come and hand-label your wines with your custom labels and then toast a wine or two at our converted shearing shed cellar door.

Music, food and a great night of celebrations.

More information about the workshops

 
  • Due to weather conditions and other factors outside of our control these workshop dates may change but you will be advised well in advance.
  • Little to no fitness is required as you can learn what you like and only do as much physical labour as desired.
  • As areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Children are not allowed at the workshops, only participants above 18 years of age.
  • Transport is offered from Geelong station for all workshops. Confirmation of the bus transport is required two weeks prior to the workshop dates
  • All workshops are fully catered and no further purchases are required.
  • If you are unable to make a workshop you can request to either attend another in it’s place ie: chardonnay if you are doing pinot noir or you can send someone in your place.

2022 PLACES NOW CLOSED, JOIN THE WAITLIST

INSIDERS GUIDE TO RENT A VINE

Read the behind-the-scenes guide from Eliesha Rae, our Rent a Vine insider. Eli has written a blog for each workshop showing the ins and outs of winemaking and her experience in 2020.

Eli is a trivia nerd, wine tragic and lover of BBQ shapes . Eli’s participation in the first ever Austin’s Rent a Vine program doesn’t come as even a little bit of a surprise to anyone who knows her, she loves a tipple and is not one to do anything by halves.

FIRST OF A KIND CONCEPT

This inaugural rent-a-vine concept is the first of its kind in the Geelong 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.

EXCLUSIVE BONUSES

You’ll also get:

• 25% off Austin’s wines & 6Ft6 wines (full priced wines only)

• First access to new vintage and museum releases

• First access to year-round events

REFUND POLICY

In the event of a lockdown or an ability to carry out an event we have a cancellation policy in place. We are happy to offer every member a part or full refund based on how many workshops have been attended and if they would like to purchase their wine. We will deduct $250 for each workshop attended. The wine is valued at retail of $45 per bottle.

award winning

Gourmet Traveller WINE’s 10th annual Best Cellar Door Awards.

Austins Wines
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (RENT A VINE)

Once home to a significant portion of Victoria’s vineyards, the agricultural corridor of Moorabool Valley – stretching from the Port of Geelong to Ballarat – represents some of Australia’s oldest and most significant winemaking history. Originally established by Swiss vignerons in the 1870s, phylloxera famously saw the vineyards of Geelong eradicated, only to be re-established a century later on some of the original vineyard sites around Anakie. Nowadays, driving through the towns of Lethbridge and Bannockburn, just over an hour from Melbourne, these broad expanses of limestone and basalt soils represent some of Victoria’s most unique winemaking terroir, and the most distinctive expressions of pinot noir, chardonnay and shiraz. – CHRISTINA KAIGG

Testimonials

FROM PAST RENT A VINE MEMBERS

5/5

There’s something for everyone

What a beacon of light Rent a Vine has been during this trashfire of a year.  The team at Austin’s has gone over and above to make sure our experience met (and exceeded!) expectations, including lockdown Zoom catchups, video tutorials, BONUS cheese and plenty o’wine.  There’s been something in it for everyone – from experienced wine connoisseurs to casual drinkers and everyone in between.  Peeking behind the winemaking curtain has given me a whole new appreciation for my favourite beverage (and that appreciation was not inconsiderable to begin with!). A+++ 100% would recommend.

Eliesha Rae

5/5

Enjoyed the virtual wine nights

The at home barrel tasting and cheese pairing with a preview of the new releases was a highlight and something to look forward to during lockdown.  Really enjoyed our virtual wine nights!

Jeremy Capon

5/5

Recommend for anyone chasing a unique experience

Learning the process of making wine has only made me appreciate that glass of Pinot Noir even more.  The team at Austin’s have provided the perfect balance of fun and education with their Rent a Vine program.  Highly recommend for anyone chasing a unique experience.

Thanks again for putting together this amazing wine education program! The Covid world has been a tricky one, and you handled it smoothly whilst keeping all participants included, informed and feeling loved! Can’t wait to all be back together this weekend!

Jacinta Begley

We can’t wait to meet you in 2022

“We’re excited to expand the program again in 2022 to include the ‘Rosé Partay’, a smaller program that’s a little more fun. 

We’ve found that the program has given participants a greater understanding of the winemaking process, while providing a great way to connect with other wine lovers. Making a quality wine takes time, patience, technique and getting your hands a little dirty. Enjoying wine, is best achieved with others. 

We are so proud to offer this program in 2022 and we can’t wait to do some of the workshops in our cellar door building!”

Scott & Belinda Austin
Owners, Austin’s Wines

Scott and Belinda Austin

meet the team

Dwayne Cunningham is our winemaker and has an ability to explain wine in ways that people can understand easily. He has recently moved over from South Australia where he was the winemaker at Paxton wines.

Dwayne hosts all of the winery aspects of the workshops and is also available for questions at any point via the facebook group.

Austins Wines - Moorabool Valley - Scott and Belinda Austin

Scott & Belinda Austin are proud second generation owners who love getting to know the Rent a Vine participants. We would say they are more the social drinkers, than hosts, but they love to get involved in as many Rent a Vine workshops as possible.

They would love nothing more than a yarn and a glass of wine with you.

Rent a Vine

Liz is the host extraordinaire and purveyor of fine food. Each workshop Liz brings her enthusiasm and smile to make you feel welcomed. Her former life as a caterer ensures that the food served is always top notch. Need a food and wine pairing recommendation, Liz is your go-to and is available via email and hte facebook group for support and questions throughout the year.

FAQs

The workshop dates are published above. The picking and crushing date will be confirmed closer to the time as it 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.

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.

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.

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.

To pay in installments head to the installment product page.

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.

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.

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

One of our winemaking and/or viticulture team will be hosting the workshops. Our experienced team will explain everything in understandable terms and are always available for questions throughout the day and via the special facebook group.

The Rent-a-Vine members make a team batch of custom pinot noir or chardonnay. Austin’s is a premium cool climate wine producer and has been making wines since 1982.

In the event of a lockdown or an ability to carry out an event we have a cancellation policy in place. We are happy to offer every member a part or full refund based on how many workshops have been attended and if they would like to purchase their wine. We will deduct $250 for each workshop attended. The wine is valued at retail of $45 per bottle.

We are more than happy to email or have a phone or zoom call if you have any further questions. [email protected]