Canberra has an established wine growing region, with more than 30 wineries within a 35 minute drive of the city. Our boutique cellar doors offer an opportunity to meet the vignerons, share a yarn and taste the local creations, made with grapes including Riesling, Viognier or Tempranillo. There are also a variety of indulgent dining experiences to match your wines – from fine dining to wood-fired pizzas – plus tours and events.
Cool climate wines and regional terroir
The district’s vineyards cover a large altitudinal range averaging from 300 to 800 metres. There’s also a distinct variation in temperature, vineyard elevations, and different soil types including granites and volcanics.
These elements, combined with the skills and character of the winemaker, reap varieties in styles such as Sangiovese, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo and include rare varieties like Gruner Veltliner.
The ability to ripen the same fruit across the whole region provides great diversity within styles – so you may need to taste them all!
Arrive during harvest time so you can celebrate the joys of the humble grape at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival.
Canberra’s Top Five Wineries (in my opinion!)
1. MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD
Mount Majura Vineyard lies near the top of the Majura Valley, just outside Canberra. Every Mount Majura Vineyard wine always has been, and always will be, made exclusively from their single vineyard.
Friendly and knowledgeable Cellar Door staff invite you to relax and enjoy a seated tasting. Taste as many or as few wines as you like. With an extensive range, from sparkling wine and dry whites, to reds and sweet wines, there is something for everyone. With a number of wines to taste side-by-side, it’s a great educational experience for everyone from the wine novice to the serious connoisseur.
Tastings cost $10 per person with an additional charge of $5 if you wish to taste the single-site Tempranillo wines. Tasting fees are waived on purchase of wine. Cheese plates and regional tasting plates are available for purchase.
2. GUNDOG ESTATE
Gundog Estate is a James Halliday-rated five red star boutique winery offering a wide range of premium wines. This includes a Cabernet-based Rosé, Shiraz and Riesling from the Canberra District, Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz and Hilltops Shiraz.
Set in old 19th century stables in the Gundaroo village, the Cork St Cellar offers cheese and charcuterie plates, coffee, and gourmet pantry items featuring local produce.
Established in 1971 this vineyard is celebrated as one of the best, most iconic in the country. Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.
4. HELM WINES
Ken Helm is a 4th generation descendant of German vignerons who planted vines in Albury/ Rutherglen in 1850s. Helm Wines of Murrumbateman, established by Ken and Judith Helm in 1973, are pioneers of the Canberra District, specialising in Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wines have a long reputation for quality and consistency. The winery enjoys a five red star rating by James Halliday and in Huon Hooke’s 2018 Top Wineries of Australia. The Cellar Door is the heritage listed 1888 Toual School House, which has been faithfully restored.
5. LERIDA ESTATE
You can find Lerida Estate at the foothills of the Cullerin Range, a short 30 min drive from Canberra. They produce a range of exceptional, unique, cool climate wines made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling and more!
Enjoy a tasting in at the beautiful cellar door, or stop for a meal in their award winning restaurant. This winery also offers magnificent sweeping views over the mysterious Lake George.
Liquid Geography Map
The Canberra District Wine Industry Association has created a website where you can plan your wineries trip, as well as a downloadable PDF Map.
- Click HERE to access the website.
- Download the map HERE.