Take a 30-45 minute drive though Canberra’s wine region and experience all the different flavours and complexities from amazing award-winning wines. We have put together a list of the top 10 wineries with the best cellar door and tasting experiences on offer!

 

Contentious Character

Producing cool-climate wines with distant views of the Snow Mountains, single vineyard Contentious Character in Wamboin has a range of different experiences and wines to enjoy. From Thursday to Sunday the vineyard is open for tours, tastings and meals with a charming view. Their menu consists of wood-fired pizzas and fresh regional produce, with a blend of Italian and modern Australia influence, carefully chosen to perfectly compliment their wines.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shaw Wines

Located in the heart of Canberra’s cool-climate wine region, Shaw Wines has collected over 300 medals and trophies from various Australian and international wine shows. The 70-acre estate produces a vast range of different wines including Riesling, Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Open 7 days a week join them for wine tastings, private tastings for groups, wine tours or simply relax in their wine lounge and share a cheese plate with a glass of wine while you soak up the views. The vineyard is also host to Olleyville restaurant, a wood fired dominated restaurant with rustic seasonal sharing plates, open from Thursday to Sunday.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Brindabella Hills Winery

Surrounded by hills, Brindabella Hills Winery has the perfect environment for its grapes, leading them to producing award-winning wines. Open for lunch every weekend, find a spot in their vineyard café looking onto the hills and enjoy their two-course set menu with pairing wines or their grazing package.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Gundog Estate

Gundog Estate is a boutique winery producing premium Riesling, Semillon and Shiraz with only the best practices to deliver the highest quality and innovative wines that are reflective of modern Australia styles. The estate is open Thursday to Sunday and offers a tasting experience to showcase current vintages, museum releases and award-winning wines alongside seasonal dishes from their neighbour, the award-winning Grazing restaurant.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Yarrh Wines

Recently reopening with a new and improved cellar door, Yarrh Wines is inviting visitors to come and share a wine or two and enjoy some locally sourced nibblies for a relaxing afternoon. And for those who wish to learn more about the wines the owners are also offering a ‘Winemaker’s Tales’ experience where guests can enjoy a selection of wines and gourmet foods and then take a tour of the winery and learn everything there is to know about how they produce their wines.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lerida Estate

If Pinot Noir is what you’re after, visit Lerida Estate who specialise and have a passion for the red grape. Although they have a soft spot for Pinot, they also grow a number of other exceptional wines with a range of fruity, bold flavours. Visit the estate and enjoy a glass at their café for a snack, grazing or a long lunch of seasonally produced foods.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Clonakilla

Arguably producing Australia’s best red wine, Clonakilla is no doubt a must try in the Canberra region. Visit the estate’s cellar door for a tasting of their range of premium award-winning red and white wines including new releases.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lake George Winery

Established in 1971, Lake George Winery is one of Canberra’s oldest producing hand-picked cool-climate wines. Not only can you visit their cellar door and take a tour of the vineyard, but you can also dine at their Westering Restaurant and experience an exceptional four course meal with matching wines showcasing their beautiful range of white and reds.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Majura Vineyard

In very close proximity to Canberra lives Mount Majura Vineyard. Explore everything they have to offer at one of their wine tasting experiences, open 7 days a week have a range of different wines poured for you alongside a cheese and charcuterie platter. Or alternatively if you have a favourite wine ask for a glass instead of a tasting.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Eden Road Wines

In the highlands of Canberra’s wine district Eden Road Wines has been growing and producing award-winning wines such as Riesling, Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Open Wednesday to Sunday visit their cellar door for a one-hour wine tasting with a delicious cheese platter while you soak up the sun and friendly atmosphere.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Although they might not have a cellar door for you to visit, there are other wineries worth trying such as, Ravensworth Wines, Mada Wines, Mallaluka and Nick Spencer and are available to purchase at local retailers in Canberra.