Canberra’s wine producing district, although small and relatively young, produces some of Australia’s highest quality wines. The area is home to less than 500 hectares of vineyards and only 34 wine producers altogether, situated in Canberra itself and surrounding areas like Murrumbateman, Gundaroo, Yass and Bungendore.
If you’re looking for a short winery-weekend trip, here are some of Canberra’s highest rated wineries to visit.
Clonakilla is a small, family-owned winery located just 30 minutes from Canberra city centre. Clonakilla produces distinctive, handcrafted and critically acclaimed wines in limited quantities, placing 15th on The Real Review’s Top Wineries of Australia list 2021. The winery’s cool-climate and relatively high altitude has created their famously lighter-bodied, aromatic and spicy Shiraz Viognier.
Collector Wines is located just outside Canberra, and produces award-winning wines with local grapes grown in the Canberra district. The grapes are grown with high altitude, rainfall and humidity, which allows great concentration of acidity and fruit flavour, which are then fermented in French oak barrels.Collector produces shiraz, sangiovese and small quantities of other varieties including pinot meunier and fiano. The Collector Winery is most famous for their award-winning Chardonnay.
Helm Wines is a founding winery in Canberra, most well known for their Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignon, located just a 30 minute drive from Canberra city centre. Helm Wines is rich in history, with their tasting room situated in an 1880 school.
If you’re looking for a short weekend winery getaway, Canberra is perfect!
By Elizabeth Bowles