Wine has been made in the Canberra District for 160 years. The district's vineyards cover a large altitudinal range of 300 to 800 metres, facilitating the production of exquisite, award winning cool climate wines.
The Canberra District covers a large geographical area made up of 3 subregions; Murrumbateman/Yass, Hall and the ACT, and Bungendore/Lake George.
The range in temperature, vineyard elevations, varying soil types and the application of the winemaker’s skill and individual character enables production of a wide range of varieties – from styles such as Sangiovese to Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. The ability to ripen the same fruit across the whole region provides great diversity within styles.
The tranquil rural countryside around the ACT is home to 140 vineyards with more than 33 wineries with 35 minutes of Canberra. Some of the more famous wineries to call the Canberra region home include; Clonakilla, Shaw Vineyard, Eden Road, Mount Majura and Capital Wines.