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Best of Canberra – Local wine

By Bec Cuzzillo 23 June 2015 29

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I can think of no better way than to spend a Sunday hopping from cellar door to cellar door in and around Canberra, tasting wine and chatting to our local winemakers. This week’s taste off topic is one for the wine connoisseurs among us, as well as everyone else who just enjoys a good glass or two. 

The Canberra district wine region is big and varied and not constrained by the territory’s border. There are 140 vineyards and more than 33 wineries in the region, spanning from Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George, right through Canberra and Hall, and out to Murrumbateman and Yass.

The region is well known for its cool climate wines, but with large variation in elevation, temperature and soil type across the area, variety is the name of the game in the Canberra district. Whether you like a nice red or you’re more into white, if you like a crisp dry wine or something a little sweeter – whatever your preference, the Canberra wine region has you covered.

This week I am looking for the Canberra region’s best wine and I want to know, who makes your favourite?

To vote, let me know your favourite Canberra wine in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and let you know the verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.

What’s Your opinion?


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Masquara 6:16 pm 15 Nov 15

Ghettosmurf87 said :

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

batmantrilogy said :

Hey Bec,

There is local canberra mob who specializes in sale of canberra wines and also does the wine tasting. We did attend one of the wine tasting and it was pretty good.

I have got them bookmarked as well http://actwine.com.au/

Cheers.

Wanted to look at their wines and they don’t appear to sell any.

Message comes up “As of June 1, 2015 we will be distributing a range of wines direct from various regional wineries. More information is to follow.”

Sounds like another failed ACT Government initiative.

Why do you say that? Other than the need to be negative and heap scorn on the government at every opportunity? Is there any basis for your statement other than the letters “a” “c” and “t” being in the web address?

The initial posts states “a Canberra mob” and there is no “.gov” domain associated with it, so there is no logical connection to the government…

Governments use .com all over the place!

rubaiyat 12:30 pm 15 Nov 15

rosscoact said :

rubaiyat said :

Any local wineries partnering with Aldi?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/10/29/aldi-wine-cheap-gold_n_8428406.html?ncid=edlinkauhpmg00000002

There’s no Canberra winery with a tank farm big enough to supply Aldi. That Rose would have come from De Bortoli I reckon.

Every Aldi wine I’ve ever tasted has been appropriately priced.

Well spotted. Yarra Valley Estate, I recognised the gardens.

I’ve worked on marketing for wine merchants, they don’t necessarily buy in huge quantities and will spot buy on opportunities. The Aldi buyer is really good and I have had remarkably drinkable wines from Aldis at unbelievable prices. Unfortunately wine snobs need a lot of positive reinforcement, price indicators and “award” stickers, that aren’t really awards, to confirm what their taste buds should be telling them.

Funny how a big bottle doesn’t do the trick, a “parmy” hanging off the sides of the plate seems to win lots of points.

dungfungus 12:08 pm 15 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

Any local wineries partnering with Aldi?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/10/29/aldi-wine-cheap-gold_n_8428406.html?ncid=edlinkauhpmg00000002

Are you storing your Aldi wine on your IKEA wine rack?

dungfungus 11:44 am 15 Nov 15

rosscoact said :

rubaiyat said :

Any local wineries partnering with Aldi?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/10/29/aldi-wine-cheap-gold_n_8428406.html?ncid=edlinkauhpmg00000002

There’s no Canberra winery with a tank farm big enough to supply Aldi. That Rose would have come from De Bortoli I reckon.

Every Aldi wine I’ve ever tasted has been appropriately priced.

“There’s no Canberra winery with a tank farm big enough to supply Aldi…..”
Not even big enough to supply you, me and John H.

rosscoact 8:57 am 14 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

Any local wineries partnering with Aldi?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/10/29/aldi-wine-cheap-gold_n_8428406.html?ncid=edlinkauhpmg00000002

There’s no Canberra winery with a tank farm big enough to supply Aldi. That Rose would have come from De Bortoli I reckon.

Every Aldi wine I’ve ever tasted has been appropriately priced.

Kim F 4:50 pm 13 Nov 15

I got married at the Murrumbateman Winery. Ahhhh, nice memories except for the flies. There’s an idea for a future “Best Of”, weddings venues !

dungfungus 2:19 pm 13 Nov 15

dungfungus said :

Ghettosmurf87 said :

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

batmantrilogy said :

Hey Bec,

There is local canberra mob who specializes in sale of canberra wines and also does the wine tasting. We did attend one of the wine tasting and it was pretty good.

I have got them bookmarked as well http://actwine.com.au/

Cheers.

Wanted to look at their wines and they don’t appear to sell any.

Message comes up “As of June 1, 2015 we will be distributing a range of wines direct from various regional wineries. More information is to follow.”

Sounds like another failed ACT Government initiative.

Why do you say that? Other than the need to be negative and heap scorn on the government at every opportunity? Is there any basis for your statement other than the letters “a” “c” and “t” being in the web address?

The initial posts states “a Canberra mob” and there is no “.gov” domain associated with it, so there is no logical connection to the government…

Name me one successful and viable commercial venture that any ACT government and its subsidiaries has been involved in.
Sometimes, factual information is negative. If there is something positive I will (and I do) give credit.
I was not suggesting the enterprise named was associated with the ACT government either, I was comparing it with them. I mean if the website has been inactive for over 5 months what does that tell you?

Dungers again. Guess what, the ACT Wine Industries Network was an ACT Government initiative.
http://www.hansard.act.gov.au/hansard/1998/week11/3528.htm
What have you got to say about that now?

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