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Canberra's wine region

Meet the makers at cellar doors just a short drive from the city.

Home to 140 vineyards and more than 40 wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of the city, Canberra's wine region is the perfect weekend getaway. Find your new favourite drop as you visit cellar doors, meet the makers, and even stay overnight amongst the vines.

The first vines were planted in the Canberra region in the 1840s. Like many other small Australian wine regions, the industry went into decline for several decades from the turn of the 20th Century. These cool-climate wineries re-emerged in the 1970s thanks to some CSIRO scientists. who carefully researched the location of vineyards, grape selection, and the use of traditional methods to produce low volume vintages to reflect the true nature of the variety, growing season and character of the wine. 

Having grown from strength to strength over the last 50 years, Canberra now has three distinct wine regions. Yes, that means you'll need at least three days to explore Murrumbateman and Yass, then Canberra and Hall, plus Bungendore, Wamboin, Gundaroo, Lake George and Collector. 

A woman holding a glass of white wine as she watches kangaroos near vines.

Cool climate wines and regional terroir

The district's vineyards cover a large altitudinal range averaging from 300 to 800 metres. There’s also a distinct variation in temperature, vineyard elevations, and different soil types including granites and volcanics.

These elements, combined with the skills and character of the winemaker, reap varieties in styles such as Sangiovese, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo and include rare varieties like Gruner Veltliner. The ability to ripen the same fruit across the whole region provides great diversity within styles – so you may need to taste them all!

Cellar Doors

MMV Team

Mount Majura Vineyard

Price: not specified
Bottle of Clonakilla Shiraz. Photo by David Reist

Clonakilla Wines

TripAdvisor rating90 reviews
Price: not specified
Cafe stools and tables sit outside the entrance to the Collector Wines cellar door.

Collector Wines

TripAdvisor rating8 reviews
Price: under $20
People picking wine grapes, with tractor in background and dog sitting in foreground

Murrumbateman Winery

TripAdvisor rating34 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
Relaxed seated wine tasting

Shaw Wines

TripAdvisor rating53 reviews
Price: not specified
Four Winds Vineyard

Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

TripAdvisor rating88 reviews
Price: under $20
Ken Helm

Helm Wines

TripAdvisor rating52 reviews
Price: not specified
Eden Road Wines

Eden Road Wines

TripAdvisor rating38 reviews
Price: not specified
Dog Trap's wine and their dog

Dog Trap Vineyard

Price: not specified
By Shots by Sal

Brindabella Hills Winery

TripAdvisor rating60 reviews
Price: not specified
Lerida Estate building with vineyard in the foreground

Lerida Estate

TripAdvisor rating47 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
Tasting wine at cellar door

Yarrh Wines

TripAdvisor rating16 reviews
Price: not specified
McKellar Ridge

McKellar Ridge Wines

TripAdvisor rating21 reviews
Price: not specified
Cheese platter and a bottle of Sangiovese at Pankhurst Wines

Pankhurst Wines

Price: not specified
Chardonnay rows at sunset

Wimbaliri Wines

Price: not specified

Winery tours

Land Rover discovery luxury Van Du Vin Canberra winery tour vehicle

VAN DU VIN | Canberra Winery Tours

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Vines & Wines Canberra Wine Tours

TripAdvisor rating26 reviews
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Luxury Wine Tours by Grape Escapes Canberra

Happy Campers

Canberra Wine Tours

Search Canberra region wineries

Ken Helm

Helm Wines

TripAdvisor rating52 reviews
Price: not specified
Cellar Door 1

Capital Wines

TripAdvisor rating34 reviews
Price: not specified
McKellar Ridge

McKellar Ridge Wines

TripAdvisor rating21 reviews
Price: not specified
Cafe stools and tables sit outside the entrance to the Collector Wines cellar door.

Collector Wines

TripAdvisor rating8 reviews
Price: under $20
Shiraz and Riesling thrive in the cool climate, spicy Shiraz, aromatic Riesling and perfumed Pinot

Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Restaurant and Vineyard

TripAdvisor rating540 reviews
Price: over $30
The Garden Pavilions

Pialligo Estate Canberra

TripAdvisor rating341 reviews
Price: over $30
Contentious Character Vineyard

Contentious Character Vineyard, Winery, Cellar-door and Kitchen

TripAdvisor rating118 reviews
Price: over $30
Bottle of Clonakilla Shiraz. Photo by David Reist

Clonakilla Wines

TripAdvisor rating90 reviews
Price: not specified
Four Winds Vineyard

Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door

TripAdvisor rating88 reviews
Price: under $20
Gundog Estate Cork Steet Cellar Door Gundaroo

Gundog Estate Cork Street Cellar Door

TripAdvisor rating86 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
By Shots by Sal

Brindabella Hills Winery

TripAdvisor rating60 reviews
Price: not specified
Relaxed seated wine tasting

Shaw Wines

TripAdvisor rating53 reviews
Price: not specified
Lerida Estate building with vineyard in the foreground

Lerida Estate

TripAdvisor rating47 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
WIne Machine at Lake George Winery 2019

Lake George Winery

TripAdvisor rating43 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
Eden Road Wines

Eden Road Wines

TripAdvisor rating38 reviews
Price: not specified
People picking wine grapes, with tractor in background and dog sitting in foreground

Murrumbateman Winery

TripAdvisor rating34 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
Autumn at Tallagandra Hill

Tallagandra Hill

TripAdvisor rating17 reviews
Price: between $20 and $30
Tasting wine at cellar door

Yarrh Wines

TripAdvisor rating16 reviews
Price: not specified
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Barton Estate

TripAdvisor rating7 reviews
Price: not specified
Granitevale Winery

Granitevale Estate

TripAdvisor rating7 reviews
Price: not specified
Stephanie Helm

The Vintner's Daughter

Price: not specified
Canberra District Wine Region - Liquid Geography

Canberra District Wine Region

Price: not specified
Chardonnay rows at sunset

Wimbaliri Wines

Price: not specified
MMV Team

Mount Majura Vineyard

Price: not specified
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