A weekend for wine lovers
Home to 140 vineyards, many with national or international accolades, the Canberra District wine region has quickly joined the ranks of the world’s best producers of wine. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or looking to try something new, this weekend in Canberra curated by Urban Walkabout will be more than enough time to fall in love with our regional wines.
Day 1: Saturday
Start off your wine journey in Canberra with a delicious breakfast at Kindle. Tucked down a laneway and frequented by in-the-know locals, Kindle is a mecca for robust coffees and satisfyingly creative dishes. Don’t miss their colourful macarons and signature, rich Italian hot chocolate.
Morning Koko Black
There’s no better accompaniment for fine wine than fine chocolates. Open all day long, Koko Black handcrafts their chocolates using specialty techniques from Germany and Belgium. Find chocolate salted caramel sauce and hazelnut spread, and interesting chocolate flavour combinations like the Mango & Vanilla chocolate, the Aurelia Champagne Truffle, and the Orange & Cointreau Truffle.
Lunch Café Lerida
Venture out of Canberra for lunch, at Café Lerida, situated within the Lerida Estate vineyard and just opposite Lake George. Serving a wide range of dishes, such as the duck and green peppercorn terrine, the Thai beef salad with noodles and the Moroccan-spiced vegetable tagine, Café Lerida also has a matching wine for every menu option.
Afternoon Lerida Estate Winery
After lunch, head outside and explore the rest of the vineyard with a winery tour and tasting. With two tour packages to choose from, you’ll have the opportunity to try a mix of the Cellar Door range and Super Premium range, or a mix of the Super Premium range and Proprietor’s Selection range. If you prefer to explore on your own, the Lake George Vineyards Walk is the perfect way to see the Estate, Lake George and the Lake George Winery.
Afternoon Silo Bakery
It’s no secret that cheese and wine are a match made in heaven. You might know Silo Bakery as an iconic café-style foods option, but the cheese room is the real highlight. With a huge selection of Australian and European farmhouse cheeses available for purchase, Silo Bakery also offers a range of gourmet cold cuts and artisan breads and pastries.
Offering one of Canberra’s most awarded wine lists, Rubicon is an elegant dining experience right in the heart of Griffith. With candlelit tables, an extensive wine list and an a la carte menu featuring dishes like wild rabbit, Cone Bay barramundi and spiced rum panna cotta, this restaurant is a wine-lovers paradise.
End Saturday on a high note by taking a trip to Benchmark Wine Bar. With more than 100 wines available by the glass, and more than 400 by the bottle, from all over the world including France, Italy and Spain, Benchmark Wine Bar lives up to its name.
Day 2 - Sunday
Located in the heart of Braddon, Eightysix is renowned for its ability to combine fine food with a fun-loving atmosphere. Open from 9am on Sunday, their breakfast menu covers everything from French toast with figs and vino cotto, to salmon carpaccio with orange and radish.
Morning Old Bus Depot Markets
Once you’ve had a satisfying breakfast, head over to Kingston for the national award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets. With stalls upon stalls of art and photography, fine hand crafted homewares, clothing and jewellery, as well as the finest produce and gourmet foods, you’ll be leaving Canberra with your bags heavier than when you arrived.
Lunch Parlour Wine Room
Spending the morning walking around the markets is sure to work up an appetite, so why not have lunch at the Parlour Wine Room in NewActon? Offering a selection of local and international boutique wines, this eatery serves innovative dishes like popcorn squid legs with wheat berries, aioli and green salad, and sweet treats like strawberry and mint Eton mess.
Afternoon Capital Wines Epicurean Centre
You can’t visit Canberra’s wine region without stopping off at Capital Wines Epicurean Centre. Take a detour on your way out of Canberra via Gundaroo and marvel at the flavour of some of the region’s most awarded wines. Painstakingly and expertly matched with foods, the Epicurean tasting at this stable-turned-winery is an excellent way to round off a weekend in Canberra.
If you’re planning on staying in Canberra for longer, John Leyshon, the President of Canberra District Wine Industry Association, recommends dining at the Lanterne Rooms and trying out the wine lists at Monster Kitchen and Bar in Hotel Hotel and A.Baker, both in New Acton.
Canberra District accommodation
With more than 30 cellar doors open to the public within a 40 minute drive of the city, Canberra is an ideal base to explore the Canberra District wine region. Alternate options include country style accommodation in Yass, or along The Poacher's Way.
Browse and research the most extensive listing of Canberra District accommodation we've put together for you. If you want to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable locals, call the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114.