Welcome to Canberra, our nation’s capital (get over it, Sydney and Melbourne) and to a thriving pocket of cold climate winemaking.
Canberra winemaking began in earnest in the 1970s, a time when Australia’s prime ministers changed from Gorton to McMahon to Whitlam to Fraser (a possible explanation as to a wine region close to hand was deemed a good idea).
The district has grown to host 140 vineyards, featuring over 30 cellar doors less than an hour’s drive from the heart of Canberra. Imagine a 60km area in a triangle populated by vineyards and bordered by Canberra, Yass and Bungendore.
The large variations in temperature, vineyard elevations (approximately 500 to 900 metres) and soil types (granites, volcanics, and shallow sand and clay) is reflected in the range of wine varieties and characters produced. Expect to find sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, viognier, pinot gris, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, pinot noir interspersed with unexpected discoveries of rarer varieties.
It is also important to acknowledge that some Canberra District wineries utilise fruit from Tumbarumba and the Hilltops wine region
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