Canberra district wines are liquid geography.
Canbera District wine maker Ken Helm shows a guiest a bunch of grapes at his Murrumbateman vineyard, a key winery in the Canberra District

Canberra District wine region

To understand the cool climate wines of the Canberra District, you must taste them. This is a region creating distinct Australian wines, many becoming among the top choices of connoiseurs around the world. Winemaking started 160 years ago in the Canberra region. In the 1970s a resurgence began, pioneered by scientists who carefully researched the siting of vineyards, grape selection and use of traditional methods to produce low volume vintages that reflect the true nature of the variety, growing season and terroir. Wineries focus more on producing quality wines and maintain a boutique look and feel. You are more than likely to meet the actual winemaker when you visit cellar doors for a tasting

Cool climate wines and regional terroir

The district's vineyards cover a large altitudinal range averaging from 300 to 800 metres. The variation in temperature, vineyard elevations, different soil types including granites and volcanics and the skills and character of the winemaker provide varieties in styles from Sangiovese to 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. Many winemakers still employ traditional methods like basket pressing alongside blends like the now widely regarded and awarded Shiraz Viognier. 

A weekend wine tasting wonderland 

The Canberra District wine region is home to 140 vineyards. More than 33 wineries are all within 35 minutes’ drive of Canberra making it perfect for a weekend escape. Canberra region wines have qualities derived from a unique Australian climate and environment and a range of soils from volcanic to granite across the local region.

Wine tours in Canberra

Take the enjoyable journey to local cellar doors by hiring a guide or joining a wine tour with a local experienced guide. Offering a pick up service from your hotel or accommodation means you can enjoy a lunch and the wine. Wineries can easily arrange shipping to anywhere in the world which means you can have your favourite new Canberra District wine delivered to your home ready to enjoy with friends and loved ones. You will also find Canberra wines on the wine lists of many local restaurants matched to our local produce.