When thinking of a wine tour, you often hear about The Hunter Valley, Orange, Mudgee, Barossa, McLaren Vale or the Yarra Valley. However, we can recommend a trip to the Nation’s Capital, for the area has an established wine region.
With over 30 wineries, not too far from each other, it makes for a lovely day out heading around to try the wines. Be sure to have a designated driver or book a tour.
Visit the cellar doors and do a few tastings. Hopefully this blog will help you decide on some wineries to visit. Some places have nicer outlooks, some have friendlier service and some have food too like Woodfired pizzas, cheese and charcuterie plates and others have full dining spaces. The wine in Canberra is typically cool climate, with altitudes ranging from 300 to 800 metres, different temperatures and soils.
Whilst we visited in winter and the scenery was stunning, we can imagine in spring or autumn, it would be even more beautiful.
You can try plenty of wine variations from Sparkling to Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and select your favourite to buy a bottle to take home.
Please see the spots below which we visited on our trip.
Collector Wines (NSW but on the road to Canberra)
Our first day, we stopped at Collector Wines and did a quick wine tasting at the cellar door, attached to ‘Some Cafe’ in Collector. Their cool climate wines are produced by winemaker Alex McKay. Light and refreshing, we left after purchasing a bottle of Pinot.
7 Murray St
Collector, NSW 2581
Thursday – Monday, 10 – 4pm
On the way into Canberra, at the foot of the Cullerin Range at Lake George, we visited Lerida Estate for a wine tasting of their cool climate wines.
You can try their wines in a tasting for $10, buy a glass, cheese board or even dine in. It is certainly a unique and picturesque spot with stunning views
Lerida Estate Winery
87 The Vineyards,
Lake George NSW 2581
Eden Road Wines was an enjoyable experience, the driveway leading to the cellar door lined with trees. The award winning winery is certainly worth a stop on your wine tour. They staff were super welcoming, passionate and knowledgeable about their wines. We enjoyed them presenting us their range and the tasting is also free.
Known for its cool climate and aromatic wines and complex flavours. We started with the Riesling, which had citrus flavours and was light and floral. The sauvignon blanc was also quite enjoyable, also citric with hints of passionfruit. The pinot gris, this one with a rose appearance was an approachable wine, super easy drinking tasting of nectarines.
The reds are earthy and peppery. The Pinot noir had strawberry flavours and was quite earthy. Their Syrah a dry, savoury red. The Malbec was light and fruity with a pleasant sour grape finish. The 2015 Syrah was most enjoyable, very savoury, smoky bacon and strawberry flavour, very unique. I bought a bottle of this to go.
3182 Barton Highway
The Vintner’s Daughter
We stopped at this winery for we had a short 30 minutes between bookings and just tried a few reds. The winery produces cool climate wines made in small batches from fruit grown on the estate and hand picked. Tastings here are free and the staff are lovely! The site has a stunning outlook and its the perfect spot to sit on their balcony on a sunny afternoon.
5 Crisps Lane
Murrumbateman ACT 2582
Clonakilla is a clear standout in the Canberra region. Be sure to book a tasting at this winery the cellar door as it gets popular, for good reason. There’s high quality wines on offer. The tasting is free and staff here are well prepared, they provide you with an enjoyable experience and you are sure to purchase some of their great wine. All of the wine we tried at Clonakilla was stunning. Known for their reds, we also thought the whites were quite exceptional. Their Reisling is quite sweet with oily mouth feel. The Chardonnay was one of our favourites, on the nose it is buttered toast and the flavour very nutty and toasty.
Their Voigneir was quite floral and sweet. Their Hilltop shiraz was another favourite, floral with winter berries and certainly is great value. Their world renowned Shiraz Voigner is a delicious wine, complex sweet and savoury with a nice earthiness.
The winery itself is also stunning. The space is large and has a lovely outlook on the vine clad hills. As you sit inside, you’re surrounded by local stone, reclaimed timbers, wine barrels and a large central fireplace. It’s homely, comfortable and a top place to add to your list.
3 Crisps Lane
Murrumbateman ACT 2582
After a visit to Mt Majura Truffle farm, we engaged in a wine tasting close by at Mt Majura Winery just outside the city of Canberra. Producing high quality light wines with shiraz and riesling being their most popular.
Their cellar door is open for tastings, though due to COVID restrictions, you must book ahead of time. The tastings are pretty reasonable for $15, and you try 12 wines and it includes your choice of cheese, charcuterie or vegan plate. We spent a lovely afternoon here, for the staff were happy and helpful and the food and drinks were great. It was a good visit for the end of our trip. ￼
Open 7 days, 10am -5pm
88 Lime Kiln Road,
Majura ACT, 2609
Phone: 02 6262 3070
We hope you enjoy your trip around Canberra’s wine region and surrounds.