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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.


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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?

dungfungus 2:10 pm 13 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…

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?

rubaiyat 1:15 pm 13 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…

I said exactly the same thing but a bit more bluntly, so as usual it go cut immediately.

The website clearly says:

“The ACT Wine Industry Network is a small Canberra based family company established in early 1998 to promote the production, distribution and sale of local and regional boutique wine, beer, cider and food.”

Ghettosmurf87 10:55 am 13 Nov 15

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…

dungfungus 10:13 am 13 Nov 15

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.

rosscoact 9:47 am 13 Nov 15

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.”

batmantrilogy 3:47 am 13 Nov 15

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.

mmmich 8:00 am 26 Jun 15

Mount Majura, Eden Rd, Clonakilla and McKellar Ridge for me! Worth visiting as many as you can though, we’ve got a great number of hidden gems.

rubaiyat 7:56 am 26 Jun 15

Milly Withers said :

It’s nice how the reputation of Canberra’s wine region has come a long way in recent years. I remember about a decade ago that it was a bit of a faux pas to admit to buying or liking local wine!

In my opinion, you can’t beat the tempranillo from Mount Majura. It’s my go to wine for thank you gifts, and also for general drinking.

I agree, I am becoming a big fan of Tempranillo and Mount Majura is an excellent choice.

Pod Food at Pialligo has a fantastic wine list featuring local wines amongst the Australian and imported wines.

I tried the Mount Majura Reisling there and it is truly superb but short of driving out to the winery it is hard to get local wines, locally.

rosscoact 9:47 pm 25 Jun 15

wattsie said :

@pajs and @rosscoact
As a relative noob to Canberra, you’ve given a great list for me to check out over a long period of time (clearly you’re two of the local experts!)…but what would be your top one or two that you would vote for as the best in the region? 🙂

A damn fine afternoon can be had by calling into Eden Road about 11, proceeding along the Barton and turning right, going past Clonakilla turnoff and stopping at Four Winds for a tasting then pizza and a glass for lunch. Head back to Clonakilla for a post prandial tasting and then finish off at Helms for a few laughs with Ken.

Take your wallet and a desi.

Russ 6:59 pm 25 Jun 15

Eden Road and Clonakilla are reasonably close to each other, so no reason why you wouldn’t visit both, and you’ll be tasting some of the very best Canberra wines. If you’re on the other side of Canberra ’round Costco way, Mt Majura Vineyard is well worth a visit – as mentioned by others, the wines are up there with the best in the district.

There’s a heap of other cellar doors, some a bit further afield – for example, Four Winds has a lovely vibe, Yarrh has an amazing building and really pretty surrounds, but if you only have time to visit a limited number, the three above are the go.

Krazee 2:40 pm 25 Jun 15

The Quarry Hill 2008 Sparkling Shiraz is my favourite local wine. Not really the weather to be tasting it now though.

wattsie 2:27 pm 25 Jun 15

@pajs and @rosscoact
As a relative noob to Canberra, you’ve given a great list for me to check out over a long period of time (clearly you’re two of the local experts!)…but what would be your top one or two that you would vote for as the best in the region? 🙂

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