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Wine, truffles and more

Poachers Pantry, SpringrangeCREDIT: Destination NSW

Take your time exploring the Canberra District wine region of NSW.

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Wine, truffles
and more

Poachers Pantry, Springrange CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take your time exploring the Canberra District wine region of NSW.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

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The Canberra District, a three-hour drive southwest of Sydney, is a relatively young wine region. The first vines were planted in 1971, but it now boasts 140 vineyards and more than 40 wineries. The cool-climate district is spread across several New South Wales towns, including Yass, Murrumbateman, Gundaroo, Lake George and Bungendore.  

Food lovers are drawn to the towns and villages of the district to seek out artisan producers, specialist providores, cellar door restaurants and growers markets. Local specialties include apples, nashi pears, olives, truffles and exotic mushrooms, as well as cured and smoked meats and delicious cheeses. Annual food festivals and events include the Truffle Festival and the Fireside Festival, both usually held during the southern hemisphere winter. 

Wineries to visit 

The region’s wines offer an exciting mix of traditional styles and new blends. Specialties include an elegant Rhône-style shiraz, shiraz viognier blends and crisp riesling. Other successful styles include chardonnay, pinot noir, tempranillo and sangiovese. Several wineries surround Murrumbateman, all within cycling distance or a 10-minute drive.  

The first plantings of grapes here were at Clonakilla in 1971. This small winery is still run by the Kirk family and garnered acclaim on the back of its outstanding shiraz viognier, one of Australia’s most lauded wines.  

At Shaw Wines, a beautiful, modern winery awaits, complete with a private tasting room for group bookings, an open-seated tasting room and a casual lounge where you can relax in an armchair with a glass of wine and a cheese plate and stare at the vineyard views. The winery also has an art gallery and Olleyville restaurant. 

Kick back in the grassy outdoor area at Four Winds Vineyard with a slice of wood-fired pizza and a glass of rosé and listen to live music. Or cluster around a wine barrel for a tasting flight of four delicious wines – choose from a sparkling, vermentino, sangiovese, shiraz, a rosé (made from shiraz) and a fortified shiraz. Don’t forget to take home a bottle of the new handmade riesling gin. 

Just outside Murrumbateman, Ken Helm was also an early pioneer of Canberra District wines. The Helm Wines cellar door occupies the 1888 heritage-listed Toual schoolhouse, which was once used for meetings of the Temperance League where locals signed the pledge against alcohol. Ken is a great storyteller and will regale you with tales of the region while you sample his excellent riesling.  

Small, family-owned Tallagandra Hill offers tastings at its Gundaroo cellar door, 15 minutes’ drive from Murrumbateman. The award-winning single-vineyard wines include a shiraz, tempranillo, vermentino, viognier, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Pop in for a quick wine tasting or settle in with a cheese and charcuterie platter as you examine the tasting notes on four specially chosen Tallagandra Hill wines.  

Established in 1971, Lake George Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Canberra District. The 150-hectare property sits on the Federal Highway opposite Lake George, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney. Stop for tastings at the cellar door or for lunch at the onsite Westering restaurant, where the rustic menu boasts homegrown ingredients from the winery gardens, such as cherries and figs, to pair with the award-winning wines. 

Gourmet treats to take home 

Visit Robyn Rowe Chocolates for delicious hand-crafted treats made with Belgian Callebaut Fairtrade couverture. The chocolates are infused with regional specialties such as the Clonakilla muscat mousse and cherry port flavours.  

Join the hunt during the winter truffle season where gourmands, with the help of specially trained dogs, seek out fresh black truffles straight from the ground. At Turalla Truffles near Bungendore, truffle farmer Damian Robinson leads early-morning hunts followed by brunch or lunch as well as truffle preparation and cooking workshops.  

In 2020 the team from the acclaimed Clementine Restaurant turned their hands to artisan baked goods and opened Clementine Bakery in Yass. Arrive early for sourdough and delicious pastries.  

For a fun gourmet experience, visit Poachers Pantry, one of the finest smokehouses in Australia. On a working farm 20 minutes’ drive from Murrumbateman, you can walk the vineyards, visit the cellar door and enjoy a meal at Smokehouse Restaurant.

Clonakilla, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at Clonakilla Wines, Murrumbateman.

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Clonakilla, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at Clonakilla Wines, Murrumbateman.

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Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Boutique handmade chocolates available for purchase at Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Murrumbateman.

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Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Murrumbateman CREDIT: Destination NSW

Boutique handmade chocolates available for purchase at Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Murrumbateman.

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Beyond the vines: Activities and attractions 

Saddle up for an adventure in the Australian countryside with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback. Enjoy sheep and cattle mustering or wildlife spotting on 400 hectares of natural bushland near Murrumbateman. Morning and afternoon horse rides are available to suit riders of all levels. 

Get up close and personal with llamas and alpacas at Alpaca Magic Stud in the Yass Valley. There’s an extensive range of tours and experiences available, from leading a llama on a walk to eating breakfast with the alpacas, plus livestock and fibre craft workshops. 

Or visit the cave systems and beautiful rock formations at Careys Cave, an hour’s drive southwest of Yass. Concerts are held in the caves throughout the year and there are also a kiosk, café and camping facilities nearby. 

Places to stay 

In the heart of wine country, Murrumbateman is a good base for exploring the area. Abode Murrumbateman has studio rooms that sleep up to four people. It’s a pet-friendly stay with bikes available for exploring the vineyards. 

Many of the wineries have added accommodation to their repertoires. Tallagandra Hill built three cottages on the vineyard in late 2019 and they are perfect for couples looking for a stay among the vines. Lake George Winery has the tiny sustainable Little George house and you can book the large Georgian-style homestead at Wallaroo Estate for up to 10 guests. Note that the estate is only open to the public for special events. 

Careys Cave, Wee Jasper CREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

People enjoying a visit to Careys Cave, Wee Jasper.

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Careys Cave, Wee Jasper CREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

People enjoying a visit to Careys Cave, Wee Jasper.

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