A Vintage Experience at Hayes Family Wines

A Vintage Experience at Hayes Family Wines


Great wines start in the vineyard, but the winemaker plays a critical ‘caretaker’ role, even in a low intervention winery like Hayes Family Wines. Throughout the vintage (harvest) months of March, April and May, we offer our visitors the unique opportunity to experience life/work in the vineyard and winery. Our Hands-on Vintage Experience will have you sampling fruit in the vineyard (checking for sugar level and flavour profile), hand-picking grapes and taking them back to the winery for processing. Here at the winery you will get to see and experience first-hand the various stages of winemaking as vintage proceeds around you. This could include any combination of crushing grapes, hand plunging or pumping over during fermentation, pressing off wine and checking (tasting) new vintage wines. Discover the secrets behind the winemaker’s purple hands during vintage!

To conclude the experience, we return to the cellar door where you’ll be invited to relax and taste through a selection of finished, bottled Hayes Family Wines.

  • $250 per person ($212.50 wine club members)

  • Allow 3 hours

  • Available Monday - Friday, throughout the vintage period (March – May)

  • Bookings essential

Bookings require payment online and a completed booking form

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