We are 6Ft6 - A giant of our time
Who is behind 6Ft6?
The 6Ft6 Team
From farmers to marketers, our team is a varied and wonderful group of wine lovers. We have a team of around 20 staff that includes winemaking, viticulture, groundskeeping, marketing, logistics and sales. We like to think of ourselves as one big 6Ft6 family who appreciates the land we live and work on and the beautiful wine we produce.
The 6Ft6 Founders & Owners
Austins Wines. was founded by Richard and Pamela Austin in 1982 and is now owned and operated by Scott and Belinda Austin. These second generation owners have a bold approach to business and a love of wine, you will find Scott sipping a pinot noir and Belinda loves a glass of chilled rosé. When they aren't working or wrangling their three young children, Spencer, Delilah and Huxley, you will find Scott either sailing, at the races or watching the Geelong Cats play. Belinda usually has a camera in hand and takes any opportunity to catch up with the girls over a glass of bubbles and a cheese platter. In their spare time they wrangle their pet sheep Wilma who thinks she is a pet dog!
The 6Ft6 Winemaker
Duncan has 15 years experience in the wine industry with vintages at Mt Langy Ghiran in Grampions, Broken Wood in the Hunter Valley and a few years with our neighbours in New Zealand. For the past 6 years Duncan has made the Moorabool valley his home while working at Rowsley Fault, Bannockburn Vineyards and most recently Austin’s. Duncan has a minimal intervention approach to winemaking with the belief that good wine is made in the vineyard and the less he does, the better. Duncan leads the team to produce cool climate wines that are enjoyed in Australia, the USA and China.
Why are we called '6Ft6'?
We often get asked why we call our wines 6Ft6; so let us tell you a story. A story about bravery, about a giant of their time, about a legend and local to our region. A man who stood six foot six tall and inspired the adventurous name and spirit of us: 6Ft6 wines.
In 1803, a convict named William Buckley - the man who stood tall at six foot six - pulled off a daring escape from the British, and landed at the Port Phillip area. Stranded, but free, he came across a local indigenous tribe, and the tale goes that he survived the next 32 years living amongst them. These days they call William Buckley a legend - a giant of his time. Here at 6Ft6, we just know him as Will, the guy who inspired the “Pinot for the people”, and the guy who stood tall at 6Ft6.
The 6Ft6 range
Grown, picked, produced and bottled onsite at our Moorabool Valley winery in the Geelong wine region, the majority of our wines are single vineyard and exceptional quality. We are known for our Pinot Noir, with one of the largest family-owned estates in Australia (read more about our Pinot here). Our Prosecco, along with some of our Pinot Gris, is proudly sourced from the beautiful King Valley region.
We like to explore and push the boundaries with wine and aren't shy when it comes to food and cocktail recipes, known recently for our delicious frozen wine cocktails - Prosecco Margarita anyone?
Frankie, our beloved Retro Rocket caravan travels to events sharing the wine and cocktail love and you can find out the latest place to get some Frankie love here.