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Canberra Wineries?

By 13 March 2013 14

We have friends from out of town coming to visit and we thought we would take them to a local winery? 

Any suggestions on which ones and when they are open?

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Canberra Wineries?
imarty 11:37 am
13 Mar 13
#1

kea 11:38 am
13 Mar 13
#2

Good timing, I also have a friend coming down to Canberra next weekend, and they asked specifically about good wineries to visit :)

in_the_taratory 11:58 am
13 Mar 13
#3

Where to start? There are lots in different directions. Capital Wines down Gundaroo way (with top notch restaurant), Lark Hill down Bungendore way, Lerida Estate down Lake George way and too many to name on the way to Murrumbateman. It depends if you have a lot of time – if so, do a big trip. If not, maybe concentrate on the Murrumbateman wineries (you can do a lot without driving far between each).
Anyway have reviewed a few here: http://inthetaratory.wordpress.com/tag/wine/
My picks would probably be Capital Wines and Lerida Estate. Surveyor’s Hill does an amazing dessert wine.
If they are here on 6-7 April there is a wine harvest festival.
I think http://www.canberrawines.com.au gives you detail of what’s open when and where so you can plan your trip. Generally opening times are weekends from around lunchtime.

Bails 11:59 am
13 Mar 13
#4

We went out a while ago for my partner’s birthday. When booking them, she found that some only open the cellar door upon request, so it might be a good idea to ring a few of them in advance to let them know you’re coming.

http://www.agfg.com.au/guide/nsw/capital-country/capital-country/murrumbateman/listings/wine-wineries/

I can highly recommend Four Winds. They set up a ‘guess the fragrance’ game for us to play while we did tasting, and offered a tour of the cellars. Brilliant Riesling too!

mirage3 12:19 pm
13 Mar 13
#5

Lerida Wines at Lake George is worth a visit, excellent wines, nice location and the cafe is pretty good.

Rangi 12:30 pm
13 Mar 13
#6

The Yarrh winery at Murrumbateman is very good, been there a few times, should be on Google, for times

barbiekini 12:36 pm
13 Mar 13
#7

I quite like Flints in the Vines out at Shaws Vineyard at Murrumbateman, and Lark Hill Winery out Wamboin area. Both have fantastic restaurants with great views, and the wines aren’t bad either.

Hosinator 12:38 pm
13 Mar 13
#8

Most are in Murrumbateman, check out the Canberra District Wines website: http://www.canberrawines.com.au/

My suggestion for the top wineries are:

Clonakilla
Helm
Lark Hill
Jeir Creek
Eden Road

If you have time also check out Surveyor’s Hill and Mount Majura Vineyard.

D3lerium 12:47 pm
13 Mar 13
#9

Best to head out to Murrumbateman or up to the Lake George area, both are a fairly quick drive.

It doesn’t really matter what vineyard you head out to within these area’s they will be special in terms or scenery and the people that run the business etc. So it’s just a matter of finding a great wine, my suggestions for wineries to vist are:

Clonakilla (http://www.clonakilla.com.au/), Tim Kirt is a great bloke and loves a chat which is sometimes nice…. Also producing some of the best wines in the world always helps.

Nick O’leary (http://www.nickolearywines.com.au/)

Eden Road Wines (http://edenroadwines.com.au/)

Collector Wines (http://www.collectorwines.com.au/)

Mount Majura Wines (http://www.mountmajura.com.au/), nice for something very local and they do an amazing Riesling.

Helm (http://www.helmwines.com.au/)

Gallagher Wines (http://www.gallagherwines.com.au/)

Thats just a nice short list, i hope this helps…. Have fun.

Jungle Jim 2:16 pm
13 Mar 13
#10

Absolutely Clonakilla – best wine in the region for mine. Their Shiraz Viognier is delicious and their straight Viognier is one of the only white wines I actually like.

Tallagandra Hill also product a nice drop and they’re just up the road (along with three or four other notables along Murrumbateman Rd.

fromthecapital 5:27 pm
13 Mar 13
#11

D3lerium said :

Best to head out to Murrumbateman or up to the Lake George area, both are a fairly quick drive.

It doesn’t really matter what vineyard you head out to within these area’s they will be special in terms or scenery and the people that run the business etc. So it’s just a matter of finding a great wine, my suggestions for wineries to vist are:

Clonakilla (http://www.clonakilla.com.au/), Tim Kirt is a great bloke and loves a chat which is sometimes nice…. Also producing some of the best wines in the world always helps.

Nick O’leary (http://www.nickolearywines.com.au/)

Eden Road Wines (http://edenroadwines.com.au/)

Collector Wines (http://www.collectorwines.com.au/)

Mount Majura Wines (http://www.mountmajura.com.au/), nice for something very local and they do an amazing Riesling.

Helm (http://www.helmwines.com.au/)

Gallagher Wines (http://www.gallagherwines.com.au/)

Thats just a nice short list, i hope this helps…. Have fun.

Clonakilla and Helm definitely the top two.

O’Leary and Collector dont have cellar doors do they?

Russ 8:56 pm
13 Mar 13
#12

fromthecapital said :

O’Leary and Collector dont have cellar doors do they?

No they don’t. It’s probably worth planning the trip if you’re looking to eat at some point – Lark Hill has a nice restaurant overlooking their very nicely maintained vineyard – it operates on weekends, but, as mentioned, call ahead to make sure.

If you like interesting buildings and locations, Yarrh is definitely worth a visit.

In some respects this is a good time to visit vineyards as we’re right in the middle of vintage for the region, with a lot of Shiraz coming off in the next week or two, although it also means the winemakers are unlikely to be hanging around the cellar door, and a lot of the vines will be under nets.

77Eliza 2:56 pm
18 Mar 13
#13

A good secret location is Yarrh winery in Murrenbateman – they have live music and tapas on the first Sunday of every month – make sure to book.
http://www.yarrhwines.com.au/home/

54-11 4:06 pm
18 Mar 13
#14

Give Peter Slipper a call at Parliament House -he’s checked them all out a few times.

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