Among the hills of Hall you can find boutique vineyards and winery cellar doors, historical buildings and cottages dotted across the countryside, as well as the Memorial Avenue of Trees and vibrant Sunday markets.
Hills of Hall Wineries
A day spent exploring the wineries scattered throughout the Hills of Hall is a day worth celebrating.
Brindabella Hills Winery
Named after the spectacular Brindabella Range, which provides the mountain backdrop of Canberra, Brindabella Hills Winery is perfectly positioned on a ridge above the Murrumbidgee. Taking cues from regions around the world with similar climates, Roger and Faye Harris planted their vines in 1986. Now, with winemaker Brian Sinclair at the helm, they produce seven types of wine including Pinot Gris, Sangiovese and Shiraz. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
It may be tucked away, but Pankhurst Wines is definitely worth seeking out for this little slice of heaven. Run by Allan and Christine Pankhurst, you’ll find a delicious selection of classic Canberra District varieties and local favourites such as Sparkling Cabernet and the Box Tree Red, which blends Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Cabernet for an easy-drinking table wine. Stock up on chutney, sauces and sparkling juices made by the Pankhursts from their grapes or take a seat on the barrel furniture under the trees and enjoy a picnic. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
Surveyor’s Hill Vineyards
With 25 acres of vines on a 225 acre property, viticulturist Leigh Hobba grows all the grapes that go into Surveyor's Hill Vineyards' 11 varieties of wine, including the popular Autumn Gold, a low-alcohol, sweet drop made from late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. There’s also a range of seasonal produce for sale, including fresh eggs and preserves made from the property’s orchard and olives. If you’re feeling spritely you can take a stroll to the top of Surveyor’s Hill, which was once a volcano. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.
Kick back at the Harvest Festival
In April, the Hills of Hall wineries participate in the annual Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, offering wine-tasting, linger-longer lunches and live music at their cellar doors.
To market, to market!
On the first Sunday of each month, the Hartley Hall Markets move into the Hall Pavilion and Showgrounds. Browse an appealing array of 300 stalls brimming with arts and crafts, organic produce, baked goods, jams, toys and plants.
Hike to the One Tree Hill Lookout
The Canberra Centenary Trail is a 145km loop walk that starts at Parliament House in Canberra and meanders through Watson, Stromlo Forest Park and Tuggeranong. Walk the section from Hall to One Tree Hill Lookout (about an hour’s walk each way) for incredible views of the nation’s capital. This was Charles Scrivener’s commencement point when he surveyed the site that would become Canberra.
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