Canberra District Wineries Celebrate Harvest

  • Written by Cassie Dunchue



The Canberra District's cool climate wineries will celebrate a new vintage with 10 days of celebrations from 31 March to 9 April kicking off with Canberra District Wine Week and culminating with the Harvest Festival.

Restaurants in Canberra and the surrounding region will be hosting wine dinners – among them Grazing at Gundaroo, The Loft at the Duxton, The George Bar and Dining Room, The Boathouse, Benchmark, No. 10, C Seafood and Oyster Bar, The Green Herring, Wild Duck, Ewe and Me and Clementine.

Other events include a Girls Night Out at Palace Electric Cinemas in NewActon, a Wine Garden Party at Pialligo's Pod Food, a Blend Your Own Wine event and even a beekeeping course at the Wins Creek Meadery.

The Canberra District Wine Industry Association will host two events: a Taste of the Region Long Lunch in Yass and a Winemakers Dinner at Aubergine restaurant in Canberra.

The Long Lunch event combines some of the Yass Valley's best wines with local produce and speciality products at a long outdoor table at Memorial Hall in Yass, at a cost of $120 for six courses and wine.

For the serious wine and food connoisseur, renowned Canberra chef Ben Willis is creating a divine menu to match some of the district's best wines for the Winemakers Dinner, which will be presented by the winemakers themselves at a special evening at Aubergine.  Tickets are $150  featuring wine from Clonakilla, Collector, Capital Wines, Gallagher, Lark Hill and Mount Majura.

Canberra District Wine Industry Association President John Leyshon said the Canberra District Wine Week put the spotlight on the varied wine varieties this region produced.

'Canberra District Wine Week is our chance to showcase some beautiful local produce, and celebrate our industry,' he said.

'Canberra has such an incredible wine region on their doorstep, with some of Australia's most awarded wines. The cool climate makes for spectacular Shiraz and Riesling, but there are so many different varieties being made by talented new winemakers, as well as established industry stalwarts.

Canberra District Wine Week kicks off with three-hour launch event in the hip NewActon precinct on Saturday 1 April between 2pm and 5pm featuring wine tasting, food and music for $20.

Accommodation partners who have created packages exclusive to the event in Canberra include Mantra, Peppers Gallery Hotel and BreakFree Capital Tower, Hotel Kurrajong, East Hotel, Diplomat Hotel, Premier Hotel and Apartments and Parklands Hotel and Apartments. In Yass, partners include Coodravale Homestead, Good Hope Resort, Last Stop Ambledown Brook, The Nest and the Gundaroo Colonial Inn.

The full program, accommodation packages and ticket information can be found at the Canberra District's new website www.canberrawines.com.au.