Canberra Lifestyle

Day Trip: 5 wineries around Canberra

Canberra’s wine region is home to over 140 vineyards and more than 30 cellar doors. That’s more than enough to fill up every second weekend, driving a short distance to taste test some of the delicious cool and warm climate drops.

We’ve highlighted 5 wineries that our team has had the pleasure of experiencing for you to add to your list to try. Just in time for the warmer weather…

  1. Contentious Character

Located in Wamboin, Contentious Character is a cool climate winery who grow their own grapes, and sell their own wine.

The cellar door is open on weekends along with their pizza oven fired up serving you fresh local produce paired perfectly with each wine on offer.

The vineyard was previously Lambert wines, and after 24 years and some new winemakers, the place was overhauled and given a new cheeky name. The owners are there most weekends and are always up for a chat adding an extra homely feel to it.

  1. Lark Hill Winery

Lark Hill near Bungendore is a certified biodynamic family owned and run estate. Biodynamic farming uses a collection of natural methods to increase crop health by re-establishing and supporting positive microbiology in the soil and crop itself.

The vineyard grows Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gruner Veltliner.

  1. Tallagandra Hill Wines

Tallagandra produces premium cool climate wines only from the grapes grown on the vines in the soil of Gundaroo.

Each individual wine comes with stories and a persona behind it, and the label a story connected to the history of the land or families and friends.

The cellar door is open each weekend and regularly Tallagandra holds events where you can also experience gorgeous dishes from the kitchen.

  1. Helm Wines

Just outside of Murrumbateman is Helm Wines, one of the first commercial wineries in the Canberra district wine region established in 1973.

The winery uses a combination of modern and traditional equipment and adopts a minimalist approach to winemaking so that you get in the bottle as close as possible to what came out of the vine.

Taste their Reisling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Shiraz at the Cellar Door, open daily between 10am – 5pm (excluding Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

  1. Mount Majura Vineyard

Just outside the city, located in the Majura Valley is Mount Majura Vineyard. In 1988, the first hectare of the vineyard was planted to pinot noir, chardonnay and a field-blend of cabernet franc and merlot. The first wines were made in 1990 and ever since then its been a much-loved winery for Canberrans.

Mount Majura has a stunning collection of wine including their popular 2017 Lime Kiln Red. Try it alongside a cheese plate or regional tasting plate for purchase at the Cellar Door, open 7 days per week from 10am – 5pm.

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