The cool climate wines of the ACT are enjoying increasing recognition for their quality. Although many varieties can be found here, visitors should ensure they try a Shiraz or Riesling.
There are more than one hundred wineries in the Canberra region and more than thirty within half an hour of the city. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre or visit the website canberrawines.com.au for details of wineries with tours and restaurants. If you’re at a loss for where to start, visit Clonakilla (clonakilla.com.au) and try its famous Shiraz Viognier, or sip the impressive Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines at Brindabella Hills winery (rindabellahills.com.au). Don’t miss the Wiley Trout vineyard (poacherspantry.com.au) as it shares space with the Poachers Pantry, which dishes up gourmet meals using fresh and local produce, as well as meats smoked on site.