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Canberra District Wine Region

Meet the makers at cellar doors just a short drive from the city.

Home to 140 vineyards and more than 40 wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of the city, Canberra's wine region is the perfect weekend getaway. Find your new favourite drop as you visit cellar doors, meet the makers, and even stay overnight amongst the vines.

The first vines were planted in the Canberra region in the 1840s. Like many other small Australian wine regions, the industry went into decline for several decades from the turn of the 20th Century. These cool-climate wineries re-emerged in the 1970s thanks to some CSIRO scientists. who carefully researched the location of vineyards, grape selection, and the use of traditional methods to produce low volume vintages to reflect the true nature of the variety, growing season and character of the wine. 

Having grown from strength to strength over the last 50 years, Canberra now has three distinct wine regions. Yes, that means you'll need at least three days to explore Murrumbateman and Yass, then Canberra and Hall, plus Bungendore, Wamboin, Gundaroo, Lake George and Collector. 

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Cool climate wines and regional terroir

The district's vineyards cover a large altitudinal range averaging from 300 to 800 metres. There’s also a distinct variation in temperature, vineyard elevations, and different soil types including granites and volcanics.

These elements, combined with the skills and character of the winemaker, reap varieties in styles such as Sangiovese, 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 – so you may need to taste them all.

Cellar Doors

Cafe stools and tables sit outside the entrance to the Collector Wines cellar door.

Collector Wines

Relaxed seated wine tasting

Shaw Wines

Four Winds Vineyard

Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

Ken Helm

Helm Wines

Eden Road Wines

Eden Road Wines

Dog Trap's wine and their dog

Dog Trap Vineyard

Tasting wine at cellar door

Yarrh Wines

McKellar Ridge

McKellar Ridge Wines

Cheese platter and a bottle of Sangiovese at Pankhurst Wines

Pankhurst Wines

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Brindabella Hills Winery

Lerida Estate building with vineyard in the foreground

Lerida Estate

WIne Machine at Lake George Winery 2019

Lake George Winery

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Ken Helm

Helm Wines

TripAdvisor rating55 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
Cellar Door 1

Capital Wines

TripAdvisor rating34 reviews
Hall, ACT
Not specified
McKellar Ridge

McKellar Ridge Wines

TripAdvisor rating23 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
Cafe stools and tables sit outside the entrance to the Collector Wines cellar door.

Collector Wines

TripAdvisor rating8 reviews
Goulburn, NSW
Under $20
Smokehouse restaurant, artisan smokehouse, restaurant in the vines winery cafe

Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Restaurant and Vineyard

TripAdvisor rating553 reviews
Yass, NSW
Over $30
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Contentious Character Urban Winery

TripAdvisor rating147 reviews
Fyshwick, ACT
Over $30
Four Winds Vineyard

Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

TripAdvisor rating114 reviews
Yass, NSW
Between $20 and $30
YAZZBAR

Yazzbar

TripAdvisor rating105 reviews
Yass, NSW
Under $20
Gundog Estate Cork Steet Cellar Door Gundaroo

Gundog Estate Cork Street Cellar Door

TripAdvisor rating91 reviews
Yass, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Bottle of Clonakilla Shiraz. Photo by David Reist

Clonakilla Wines

TripAdvisor rating91 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
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Brindabella Hills Winery

TripAdvisor rating67 reviews
Yass, NSW
Over $30
Relaxed seated wine tasting

Shaw Wines

TripAdvisor rating58 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
Lerida Estate building with vineyard in the foreground

Lerida Estate

TripAdvisor rating52 reviews
Goulburn, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Sunset

Café Lerida

TripAdvisor rating52 reviews
Goulburn, NSW
Between $20 and $30
WIne Machine at Lake George Winery 2019

Lake George Winery

TripAdvisor rating48 reviews
Goulburn, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Eden Road Wines

Eden Road Wines

TripAdvisor rating43 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
People picking wine grapes, with tractor in background and dog sitting in foreground

Murrumbateman Winery

TripAdvisor rating38 reviews
Yass, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Outside

Jugiong Wine Cellar

TripAdvisor rating26 reviews
Wagga Wagga & Riverina, NSW
Not specified
Autumn at Tallagandra Hill

Tallagandra Hill

TripAdvisor rating19 reviews
Yass, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Tasting wine at cellar door

Yarrh Wines

TripAdvisor rating17 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
Wine

Barton Estate

TripAdvisor rating7 reviews
Yass, NSW
Not specified
Granitevale Winery

Granitevale Estate

TripAdvisor rating7 reviews
Yass, NSW
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Front Gate

Long Rail Gully Wines

Yass, NSW
Not specified
Cheese platter and a bottle of Sangiovese at Pankhurst Wines

Pankhurst Wines

Yass, NSW
Not specified
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