Taste the good stuff – A visit to Canberra’s wine region

Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery and Vineyard Restaurant

Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery and Vineyard Restaurant © Australian Capital Tourism

To get a real feel for the Canberra region, you have to taste the good stuff from the vines! It’s the emergence of a diverse range of premium cool climate wine varieties and intimate cellar door experiences that make the Canberra District wineries distinctive.

The range in vineyard elevations, temperature, soil types and the winemaker’s individual character help to shape the refined, unique qualities one can taste here. Wine that is Liquid Geography.

Most wineries are within 30 minutes drive from Canberra, the capital of Australia, making visiting easy, and many are surprised to find several boutique wineries on the city’s fringes. The tranquil rural countryside is home to more than 180 vineyards and 30 boutique cellar doors. The vineyards cover a large altitudinal range from 300 to 800 metres, facilitating the ripening of a diverse range of grape varieties and exquisite, award-winning cool climate wines.

The Canberra District is mainly renowned for producing outstanding examples of Viognier, Shiraz and Riesling. Viognier is well suited for blending the grape with other varieties, creating styles such as Shiraz Viognier. Clonakilla’s 2008 Shiraz Viognier was one of only 15 wines in Australia to get 97 points in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2010 edition.

Must do:

  • Visit the cellar doors of two regional icons at Murrumbateman. Taste award-winning Rieslings from Helm Wines set in the old Toual School House built on the property in 1888. And if you are lucky, you may be able to try the famous Shiraz Viognier at nearby Clonakilla.
  • Put on some boots for a ‘Gumboot Tour’ at Mount Majura Vineyard. Stroll through the vines for an up close and personal experience with the blessed grape.
  • Follow the self driving touring route, the Poacher’s Way, to experience some of the leading cellar doors around the region including Jeir Creek Wines, Brindabella Hills and Lambert Vineyards.
  • Enjoy a long lazy lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants in and around the wineries. Many feature delicious, fresh, regional produce.

For more information, visit canberrawines.com.au

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