The ACT or Canberra region is famous for its crisp, award- winning white wines.
With a history
of grape planting dating back to 19th century, regional settlers
first began producing wine on the slopes of the Yass Valley in
area rebirth in winemaking is centered around Canberra along the famous Poacher's Way primarily in the townships of Murrumbateman and Bungendore that have sprung up around the region since the early 1990s.
These wine areas are known for their crisp whites
(Riesling, Pinot gris and Viognier). that are grown at higher altitudes.
The elevation provides a climate that affords warm days and cool nights for slow maturation of quality grapes. The reds made in the region are primarily made from Sangiovese and Tempranillo grapes.
For visitors to the nation's
capital, it's also a great way to spend a day out - seeing the
Australia's newest wine district and its more than 140 vineyards. Canberra wine tasting tours are ideal for either weekend getaways, or a quick afternoon lunch at some 30 boutique wine cellars open to the public
throughout the year
More information about ACT & Canberra wineries around the Web:
Canberra District Wines
- A great place to start for a virtual visit featuring a complete
directory of area wineries, guides to accommodation and dining,
regional wine event schedule, and related tourist attractions.
Canberra's Best Wineries - Check out the official travel site for top picks including locations, contact details and photos.