No matter your style of wine consumption, Canberra District Wine Week from 5-15 April has an event for you.
If tasting without commitment is your thing, then the kick-off event (5 April) is for you. Gather in the courtyard of NewActon and sample the wares of 14 wineries, giving you a taste of what’s on offer throughout the event. Plonk, local purveyors of the nectars of the gods, will be hosting local wine tastings on Saturday 7 and 14 April from 1 to 4pm at their Fyshwick and Belconnen stores.
While wine might take the centre stage throughout Canberra District Wine Week, the food on offer lends a strong support. The annual Liquid Geography dinner (10 April) will be hosted at Canberra’s only two-hatted restaurant Aubergine, who will deliver perfectly matched dishes over six courses.
Meet the winemakers as Le Tres Bon showcases the wines of Sapling Yard Wines, Summerhill Road Vineyard and Capital Wines, and enjoy the delicious French fare put on at this quaint Bungendore establishment (6 April).
Stomp to your heart’s content at Murrumbateman Winery’s Grape Stomping (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April). Get down and dirty and lend a hand – sorry, foot – with getting the harvesting started, as well as a guided tour, tastings and nibbles.
Vermentino, Gewurztraminer, Gamay. If you know that these are in fact very delicious wine varieties, then the Alternatives Wine Dinner at A.Baker (6 April) could be the event for you. Join local winemakers from Tallagandra Hill, The Vintner’s Daughter, Dionysus, Sholto Wines and Mount Majura Vineyard as they discuss their love for the less mainstream varieties.
If your love for great wine is only matched by your love for amazing Canberra venues, you’re in for a treat. The Sparkling Wine Event (12 April) at the Canberra Glassworks will feature live music performed by a harpist and an international glass artist creating a special hand blown goblet that could be yours when it goes to auction.
Enjoy sweeping views of the capital from the National Arboretum (Sunday 15 April) as award-wining chef Janet Jeffs presents you with a relaxed al fresco long lunch paired with an assortment of local wines.
Beyond wine consumption, there’s something for everyone, including two art exhibitions, an early morning photo walk, trivia, scarecrow making and live music in the vines. For the full program, head to canberrawines.com.au
Drink Responsibly. Don’t want to drive? Check out our suggestions of how to explore Canberra’s cellar doors with or without a car.