Most people associate Canberra with national icons and politics, but our capital’s food and wine scene has been flourishing over the past few years. Canberra is fast becoming well known for its delicious top quality Shiraz and Riesling from its many local and surrounding wineries. We’re spoilt for choice! Who doesn’t love a cheeky winery adventure, sampling some of the product and soaking up the incredible scenery? Here’s a list of our top five winery choices in and around Canberra.
Mt Majura Vineyard
Located not too far away from the heart of the city, the high altitude Mt Majura Vineyard is a boutique winery set in a stunning landscape. Providing you with an interactive seated tasting that pair’s local cheese and tasting platters alongside their wines and self-guided tours to educate you about viticulture. Mt Majura Vineyard are becoming a leader in the Canberra region for Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo. As a bonus, you can even stay the night right in the heart of the vineyard with the Naked Cubby Co.
Located: Lime Kiln Road, Majura | https://www.mountmajura.com.au/
Just a distance outside Canberra in Murrumbateman resides Helm Winery, pioneering the growth of the Riesling grape since 1973. Helm has become known for its award winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Rieslings and is a must visit for all beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs. Speckled with local history and on a gorgeous rural setting, it’s perfect to taste some established quality wines.
Located: 19 Butts Road, Murrumbateman | https://helmwines.com.au/
Nestled on the hills overlooking Lake George, Lerida Estate in an architecturally pleasing winery that produces a range of cool climate wines that is pleasing for everyone’s different tastes including a world class Shiraz Viognier. There’s also a wide selection of local produce to choose from!
Located: 87 The Vineyards, Lake George | https://www.leridaestate.com.au/
Sitting just a 40 minute drive outside of Canberra and known for its award-winning Chardonnay, Collector Wines are distributed nationally and found in many fine dining establishments. The cellar door is located in the historic Collector town centre, Collector Wines are all about serving up delicious wines in an uncomplicated setting.
Located: 7 Murray Street, Collector | https://www.collectorwines.com.au/
Just 15 minutes away from the Canberra Airport, Contentious Character is a contemporary cool climate winery passionate about maintaining traditional cool climate wine-making with a modern twist. Building a reputation for award-winning boutique wines, they stock a large range of old and new-world styles and love to experiment so you’ll be sure to experience something new everytime you visit.
Located: 810 Norton Road, Wamboin | https://contentiouscharacter.com.au/
This is just the start, so if you love wine, you’re in luck with Canberra’s growing region that includes over 30 wineries within 40 minutes of the city. So grab your best gal pals and start organising those winery tours!