To some Australia’s capital city carries a reputation of being a bland, conservative centre without much happening except the comings and goings of politicians and academics. But scratch the surface of this inland territory and you’ll discover that the Canberra District offers a thriving cool climate wine and food culture that is one of Australian wine’s best-kept secrets.

Canberra district wines have already made an impact on winelovers and critics, producing some of Australia’s most loved cool climate Shiraz, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. Now a new wave of excitement is sweeping through the region as established winemakers are joined by a new generation of winemakers.

Canberra District
Canberra District
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Canberra District snapshot

The relatively cool climate in this region allows for the production of elegant white wines and restrained reds.

Shiraz is the star performer and the iconic Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has established itself as a global icon for this style.

253ha
Total vineyard area
500-800m
Altitude
35° 18'S
Latitude
420mm
Growing season rainfall
20.2°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
1410
Heat degree days
White
30%
Red
70%
Type

Riesling

Crisp, dry and age-worthy.

Shiraz

This is the region’s strong suit. Medium-bodied, spicy and savoury with distinct licorice and black cherry character. Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier is a benchmark for the style.

Top varieties grown in Canberra District
Climate
  • Extreme Continental climate. Very warm, dry days but cold nights during summer
  • Cool Autumn temperatures with rain at harvest not uncommon
Soil
  • Predominantly hard red duplex soils with shallow clay loam top soils

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