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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. 

A couple pouring wine on a deck in front of a vineyard.

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

Winery tours

A couple are about to cheers red wine glasses on a wine tasting in Canberra

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Dave's Tours - Canberra

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Fergus and customers in vineyard

Mount Majura Vineyard

Majura, ACT
Not specified
A wine tasting with Greg Gallagher

Gallagher Wines

Yass, NSW
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Norton Road Wines

Norton Road Wines

Queanbeyan, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Corang Estate gourmet picnic

Corang Estate Cellar Door and Pantry

Goulburn, NSW
Not specified
Photo of Lark Hill Sangiovese Red wine with Lunch on the Deck at Lark Hill

Lark Hill Winery

Queanbeyan, NSW
Over $30
Wine barrels

Yarralaw Springs Wines - Cellar Door

Goulburn, NSW
Not specified
Kerralee Wines

Kerralee Wines

Yass, NSW
Not specified
Sapling Yard

Sapling Yard Cellar Door

Queanbeyan, NSW
Not specified
Visitors enjoying the local  Apple Thief cider and apples amongst the apple orchards.

The Apple Thief - Cider House

Tumut, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Stephanie Helm

The Vintner's Daughter

Yass, NSW
Not specified
handcrafted wines

Jeir Creek Wines

Yass, NSW
Between $20 and $30
Kingsdale2

Kingsdale Wines

Goulburn, NSW
Not specified
The Cellar Door at Dionysus Winery

Dionysus Winery

Yass, NSW
Under $20
Heywood

Heywood Restaurant

Yass, NSW
Not specified
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
Mallaluka Wines

Mallaluka Wines

Yass, NSW
Not specified
Dog Trap's wine and their dog

Dog Trap Vineyard

Yass, NSW
Not specified
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