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6 stops in the Canberra District

Clonakilla, MurrumbatemanCREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a bike ride around the Clonakilla Wines vineyard in Murrumbateman.

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6 stops in the
Canberra District

Clonakilla, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a bike ride around the Clonakilla Wines vineyard in Murrumbateman.

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Explore the Canberra District wine region, about a three-hour drive south-west of Sydney, to discover cool-climate wines, fine food and great experiences at cellar doors. 

Drop in on Shaw Wines 

A beautiful modern family-run winery in Murrumbateman, a 40-minute drive north of Canberra, Shaw Wines offers seated tastings, private cellar tastings, and a casual lounge, where you can relax in an armchair, enjoying vineyard views with a cheese plate and a glass of estate-grown wine — perhaps a Shaw Wines Reserve semillon or shiraz. Open seven days a week, the winery also has an art gallery and onsite restaurant. For the ultimate day trip, the Shaw Escape includes a private flight from Sydney to Canberra, a helicopter to the winery, tastings and a three-course lunch. 

Have a laugh at Contentious Character 

Over at the Contentious Character winery, in the hills of Wamboin, a 30-minute drive east of Canberra, the owners have a sense of humour: try the Agreeable Wine Stubborn Vine Pinot Noir, the No Riesling to Worry Riesling, or the Stop and Smell the Rosé. Visit on Thursdays to Sundays for a tour, tastings and anything from pizza to a four-course tasting menu with paired wines.  

Canberra District Wine Region Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight selects of the Canberra District wine region.

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Canberra District Wine Region Highlight Selects CREDIT: Destination NSW

Highlight selects of the Canberra District wine region.

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Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a glass of wine at Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman.

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Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a glass of wine at Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman.

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The Contentious Character, Wamboin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at The Contentious Character, Wamboin.

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The Contentious Character, Wamboin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at The Contentious Character, Wamboin.

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Savour the smoke at Poacher’s Pantry 

At the family-run Poachers Pantry, at Springrange, a half-hour drive north of Canberra, meats are cured and smoked in-house, produce is grown in the kitchen garden, and wines are made from grapes grown in the onsite vineyards. The cellar door and farm shop are open seven days, while the restaurant sells picnic hampers during the week and serves brunch and lunch at weekends, with menus showcasing Poacher’s smoked meats. You can also take a masterclass in how to smoke meat at home.

Stay for the night at Tallagandra Hill  

Family-owned Tallagandra Hill produces single-estate wines including tempranillo, shiraz, vermentino and viognier in the hills outside Gundaroo, a 40-minute drive north of Canberra. It’s open for cellar door tastings at weekends, offers lunch and tasting packages, and hosts live music events. You can also stay in one of the three vineyard cottages.  

Admire the architecture at Lerida Estate 

At the foot of the Cullerin Range, on the shores of Lake George, just over half an hour’s drive north-east of Canberra, Lerida Estate specialises in pinot noir, but also produces chardonnay, shiraz, riesling and more, as well as offering everything from snacks to three-course lunches at Café Lerida. The café and cellar door are open seven days a week. Renowned architect Glenn Murcutt designed the winery, so you can expect to be impressed by the building, too. 

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Poachers Pantry owner Susan Bruce carving ham for guests at the Springrange property.

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Poachers Pantry, Springrange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Poachers Pantry owner Susan Bruce carving ham for guests at the Springrange property.

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