Canberra Wine Industry Association ignites the 2020 Fireside Festival running from August 14 – 30 across Canberra region vineyards, cellar doors and restaurants. The festival couldn’t have come at a better time with locals looking to holiday in Canberra and enjoy rich, educational experiences.

The theme for this year’s program of events is ‘Fuel your inner fire with our Liquid Geography’ to give rise to how even in the midst of our cold winters in Canberra, our wines can fire your imagination.

This festival is all about rugging up in your puffer jackets, beanies and boots on and showing the Canberra Wine district some much-needed love.

The Fireside Festival is an introduction to what’s hot this winter in Canberra District wines. Events spread across Canberra, Hall, Murrumbateman, Yass, Bungendore, Lake George, Wamboin, Gundaroo and Collector each with their own winter warming twist.

The Canberra region is famous for its quality cool climate wines showcasing the local terroir and innovation of our winemakers. Find yourself in front of a roaring fire learning about the region’s diverse styles from Sangiovese to Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz and the different micro-climates from the winemakers themselves.

Food is a big part of the festival tying into the theme of warming locals from the inside out. Explore the regions produce intertwined with wine pairings and countryside hospitality.

Fan your creative fire at art exhibitions and poetry readings by local writers. The Fireside Festival is not just about wine and food. It’s about having a conversation with inspirational people by the fireside or a series of musical experiences for the ultimate winter music sesh, all while snuggled into an oversized chair with a glass of Pinot Noir.

The highlight event is a wine glass 101 with a lot of wine and even more food. Presented by Matt Dunne, top Australian Sommelier who will be holding a Plumm Glassware tasting session. The VIP tasting event will showcase four winemakers, cheese platters, a warming six course dinner at Monster Kitchen and Bar.


Contentious Character – enjoy Fireside Trivia and the inaugural fireside spectacular Pig and Pinot night

Lake George Winery – warm your hands over a burning barrel, tuck into a trfulle dinner, and knit yourself something toastie warm

Gundog Estate – enjoy a number of tasting opportunities with their amazing winter wines and Grazing Gundaroo matched dishes, including Museum Tastings, Shiraz and ragu, Muscat hot chocolates

Pankhurst Enjoy a seated wine tasting around the outside open fire with a fiery pizza or cheese platter and our lovely views.

Sapling Yard – enjoy a night of food and wine at QT Hotel with the launch of their 2019 Curmudgeon Shiraz

Bookings essential.

Canberra Wines – wine glass education never tasted so good with Matt Dunne, Sommelier, showcasing Plumm Glassware at Monster Kitchen and Bar with two of our favourite wine makers

Canberra Wines – enjoy the finest of foods and the loveliest of wines at a 6 course dinner at Monster Kitchen and Bar where you’ll get to meet the maker

All wineries and events will require bookings from the venues Facebook or website. There will be limited numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions.