As the leaves begin to change, signalling Autumn, what better way to enjoy your weekend than a relaxing trip to one of the Canberra region’s fabulous wineries. Take a long lunch, taste new wines and indulge in seasonal foods that complement the winery perfectly. Here are our top 5 wineries we love to visit this time of year.


Brindabella Hills Winery

Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills overlooking the Murrumbidgee River, Brindabella Hills Winery offers a picturesque setting to relax with a glass of wine in hand. In the perfect position to grow cool climate wines, it has led the boutique winery to produce many award-winning drops from Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon. On the menu, enjoy two courses showcasing seasonal produce by Sweet Pea Catering with an optional wine pairing, as well as charcuterie boards. While Canberra’s Autumn weather can get pretty cool, it’s worth rugging up and taking a seat outside on the deck or lawn, breathing in the crisp Autumn air, drinking plenty of wine and enjoying a delicious meal.


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Gundog Estate

Sourcing fruit from some of the best vineyards in the Canberra, Hunter and Hilltops wine region, Gundog Estate’s award-winning wines are best tasted in one of their cellar doors. Specialising in premium Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz, you can visit the five-star boutique wine producer just outside of Canberra in Gundaroo. Take a seat on the deck with views of the garden and enjoy wine tastings and delicious seasonal dishes from next door at award-winning restaurant Grazing. 


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Yarrh Wines

Nestled in a hill, providing spectacular panoramic views of the vineyard and Yass River Valley, Yarrh Wines are made from their vineyard and bottled on site. Producing a selection of red and white wines that showcase the region’s fabulous cool climate wines, taste the range at the cellar door with a wine flight and grazing board, or a locally sourced gourmet food and wine pairing. If you’re interested in learning more about the wine-producing process, you may also join owners on a tour of the vineyard.


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Contentious Character

You’ll find single-vineyard winery Contentious Character nestled in the hills of Wamboin, with plenty of wine, food and live music creating a buzz on the weekend. The charming winery loves to experiment with old and new styles, from refined Pinot Noir and Riesling to full-flavoured Shiraz, Cabernets, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Offering a range of wine tastings and dining experiences, such as a seasonal four-course tasting menu, pizza menu and exciting upcoming events, Contentious Character is constantly finding new ways to showcase their cool climate wines. On a beautiful Autumn day, take your seat in the sunny courtyard overlooking the vines.


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Shaw Wines

Shaw Wines’ 70-acre estate grows a vast range of award-winning wines, from Riesling, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Keeping it low-key, you may want to relax in the lounge or alfresco area and taste the magic with a tasting of their regular and vintage wines or a wine and chocolate tasting. Located next door is also the spectacular Olleyville restaurant. Serving rustic and seasonal style dishes, dine with them over a bottle or two of the Estate’s wines.


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