Rent-A-Row Experiential Gifts

Experience the fun of the vineyard, without the hard work!

Rent-A-Row is a new kind of gift idea, our take on the idea of an experiential gift.

Give this gift to that special someone, a group of people or maybe to yourself. You or you’re loved one will be given the opportunity to make their own Heathcote Shiraz wine, with assistance from Shiraz Republic staff.

Located in Australia’s premium wine region, The Shiraz Republic vineyard is shared with you and the grapes are yours to pick, crush, press, maintain and bottle. This gift is experiential, it starts with a visit to the vineyard, where you plan out the winemaking process and it ends years down the track as you enjoy your own Heathcote Shiraz. Sure to be a hit with all wine lovers and Shiraz enthusiasts, whether this gift is for yourself or someone you love – you will get a whole case of benefits and experiences to treasure. Read more about the gift packages below, then jump on the online store to purchase a package. If you’re not ready to purchase, but would like to make an enquiry – please get in touch.

The gift that keeps on giving


Your winemaking experience begins by heading out to the vineyard and picking Shiraz grapes to make your wine.

Timing: February-March


After a break for lunch after picking, use our hand crusher and your feet to crush your freshly picked Shiraz grapes.

Timing: Same day as Picking

Pressing Off

Transfer wine from your fermenter and use a basket press to extract tannin and colour from the grape skins.

Timing: 1-2 weeks from crushing.

Racking Wines

After a few months in storage, sediment collected from pressing if removed by racking off to a new container.

Timing: June-July

Pruning Vines

Good wine begins in the vineyard and you are able to prune the vines that you’ll later use to make your wine.

Timing: June-August


Transfer from your demijohn into your freshly prepared bottles.

Timing: November-December


Design your own label to make your wine your own.

Timing: November-December

What’s Included

  • Make 25L, 54L or 225L of your own Shiraz wine at the Shiraz Republic
  • Feel confident with full support from vine to bottle by Shiraz Republic staff
  • A mixed half-dozen or dozen bottles of Shiraz Republic wines to enjoy now
  • A certificate of Citizenship with the Shiraz Republic valid for 1 year (sent via email)
  • Visit the vineyard at any time (open 7 days)
  • Access to Shiraz Republic events throughout the year
  • Access to specials offers on Shiraz Republic wines
  • 20% off all wine purchases online & at our cellar door (excluding special offers)
  • Stay in the know with our growing notes newsletter and regular updates from the President-Elect and Secretary of State

What to Expect 

Once you place your order we will email you a gift certificate and send you a box of wine to be enjoyed now or on that special day. You can then organise a time to visit the vineyard and meet with us to plan your winemaking experience, either at an upcoming event or by appointment.

As we approach harvest, in February/March, we will contact you to schedule a date for you to pick & crush your grapes and start the experience of winemaking. Everything you need to make your own Shiraz is included in this package, from the grapes through to corks, bottles & labels.

Once you’ve ordered you will be kept up to date via our newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and correspondence from Shiraz Republic staff.

Rent-A-Row Packages

Frequently Asked Questions

What they’re saying

“The Shiraz Republic allows enthusiasts to rent vines and then have their grapes turned into their own signature bottle of plonk. …It’s a temporary rent that allows someone to experience something that is normally out of their reach.” – Alana Schetzer, The Age

“This family-run winery lets oenophiles take their wine nerdy to the next level by renting a row of grapes to produce their own small-batch vintage.” – Linsey Rendell, Broadsheet

“Just like Airbnb has done with accommodation or Uber has with transport, Brian’s 10ha vineyard is allowing wannabe viticulturists and winemakers to experience a side of agriculture out of reach to the unlanded gentry.” – Sarah Hudson, Weekly Times

“Everybody helps everybody else as we learn what we are doing and at the end of the day it really does feel like a group of strangers did turn into a real community of winemakers.”- Lexi, first time customer, No Eyed Deer Sydney

“3 seasons ago we discovered Rent-a-Row via Facebook and with another family member signed up for a vintner adventure.
It has been a joy and delight to make our own wine with an authentic hands on and foot stomping approach and sharing in the energy and craziness of 3 harvests and vintages (really we are hooked and setting up a cellar).
We love watching everyone learning, and kids joining in the new experience. We are pretty proud of our wine and the labels design gets better each year, (we hope the Shiraz does too. ) Brian, Spencer, Matt, Lara and Janet welcomed us to share this adventure with them. This is a special place where we became citizens, and belonged, we have watched a fledgling idea burst into life and grow into reality.
We confidently recommended Rent-a-Row to our friends and colleagues and many have joined. Everyone of them have thanked us and agreed that it really was such a fun, different, relaxed and great experience.
Thanks Shiraz Republic for some great times of wine making and friendship and we look forward to our Rent-a-Row adventures continuing..” – Roy & Jo Hamer, third year Citizens

Unable to show Instagram photos

Error: Access Token is not valid or has expired
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

There’s an issue with the Instagram Access Token that you are using. Please obtain a new Access Token on the plugin’s Settings page.
If you continue to have an issue with your Access Token then please see this FAQ for more information.

Join us, Citizen!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on the season, upcoming events and special offers.

You have Successfully Subscribed!