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Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar-door and Kitchen

Contentious Character Vineyard
Contentious Character Vineyard
Contentious Character Vineyard
Surrounding countryside views
Trio of people during a wine tasting
View from above
Plate of Spaghetti and grape vines
Glasses of red wine by a crackling fireplace
Contentious Character Vineyard
Contentious Character Vineyard
Contentious Character Vineyard
Surrounding countryside views


Contentious Character is a contemporary vineyard estate with winery, cellar door, kitchen, and event facilities, in the hills of Wamboin, 15 minutes from Canberra Airport. Contentious Character offers several unique wine tourism experiences, from small to indulgent tastings, with and without dining.

Experience a taste of the entire Canberra region in one location, with wines from the Founders Museum Collection of old world style vintages. These aged wines have matured exceptionally well with cellaring and now present a mellow complexity, way beyond their value. They are complemented by recent vintages, under the Contentious Character brand, that brings a fresh new world twist to the old world styles.

Look across the vineyard and surrounding countryside while the kitchen serves up a fresh, local sharing menu, paired to the wines, for special times, with family and friends.

That's hardly contentious!

Varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.

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810 Norton Road, New South Wales, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor ratingBased on 118 reviews


TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 4mos ago by Uddin13

Wow!! Contentious Character winery is an unforgettable destination. It is beautifully scenic and the service quality is rarely seen elsewhere. We would like to say a warm thank you to the lovely...

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“Worth the time to visit. ”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 5mos ago by damien r

We did a spur of the moment thing, my wife had never done wine tasting before, drunk plenty of wine though. .. We were in the area and decided to pop in. What an amazing spot. We got an outdoor...

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“Mrs Toddy Barton”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 6mos ago by toddyb562

My husband and I love coming to Contentious Character restaurant and winery. Always delicious food and wine to match it, friendly staff. The scenery is gorgeous through all the seasons. Well done...

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  • Bar
  • Carpark
  • Cellar Door
  • Coach Parking
  • Cooking School
  • Delivery available
  • Entertainment
  • Family Friendly
  • Suitable for Functions
  • Lawn / Gardens
  • Live Music
  • Non Smoking
  • Online Orders
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Pet Friendly - Enquire
  • Pop Up Wine Bar
  • Private Dining Area
  • Shop / Gift Shop
  • Takeaway Available
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Point
  • Wine Tasting
  • Beer
  • Classic Australian
  • Coffee
  • Degustation
  • Dessert
  • Italian
  • Modern Australian
  • Native Australian
  • Pizza or Wood fired Pizza
  • Share Plates
  • Tasting Flight
  • Wine
  • Wine Bar
  • Woodfired Cooking
  • Canberra District
  • Southern New South Wales (zone)
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Estate Grown
  • Family Run
  • Hand-picked
  • Single Vineyard
  • Traditional Method
  • Fully licensed
  • Over $30
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.