Canberra District Food and Wine

Highlights

Enjoy wine tasting at award-winning wineries such as Clonakilla Wines and Helm Wines in the beautiful Yass Valley, north of Canberra and three hours’ drive from Sydney. There are fun wine festivals, delicious places to eat, winery tours and you can buy fresh local produce at markets.

Explore heritage in the Yass region

From acclaimed wines to delicious truffles, the Canberra District wine region in southwest NSW is a treat for your senses. The charming town of Murrumbateman in the beautiful Yass Valley is the wine capital, home to two instrumental and award-winning wineries – Clonakilla Wines and Helm Wines.

The wine region takes its name from the nearby national capital. You’ll be delighted with the rolling vineyards and fine range of cellar doors around Murrumbateman, Wallaroo, Gundaroo and Yass as well as Lake George, Collector and in the Queanbeyan region near the pretty village of Bungendore.

Clonakilla Winery, Yass

Elegant shiraz and crisp riesling are the signature wines. A diverse range of food is grown, including pears, apples, berries, hazelnuts, olives, mushrooms and Perigord truffles. You can buy fresh local produce at the Murrumbateman Village Market and Yass Farmers Market on alternate Saturdays.

A great way to explore the Canberra District’s food and wine is on the Poachers Way, a touring route through charming towns and lovely countryside. As well as the wineries, you’ll find gourmet food shops, fascinating heritage attractions, enjoyable tours, and natural wonders such as Careys Cave.

Grazing at Gundaroo, Yass Area

There are enticing cafes and restaurants using fresh regional produce, such as Grazing in Gundaroo in the elegantly restored 1865 Royal Hotel and Clementine in a weatherboard cottage in Yass. You can enjoy local wines in the funky Yazzbar in Yass and tuck into hearty meals in classic country pubs.

Other delectable things to do include a wonderful events calendar of fun festivals, such as the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. You can even try honey wine and honey beer made from local honey at Win’s Creek Meadery in Murrumbateman.

Food and wine in the Canberra District

Poachers Pantry picnic

Modern winemaking in this district formally began in the 1970s. Clonakilla was established in 1971 and produces one of Australias most iconic shiraz wines, while Helm Wines, established in 1973, has been instrumental in the development of fine riesling styles. 

Explore the region's cellar doors at other leading wineries including Eden RoadBrindabella Hills, and Pankhurst. You can also enjoy a selection of local wines at the funky Yazz Bar in Yass.

Visitors to the area are encouraged to follow the Poachers Way, a meandering self-drive food trail which takes in some of the region's best gourmand and artisan experiences.

Local growers specialise in a wide range of delicious goods including pears, hazelnuts, mushrooms and truffles. Sample and buy fresh local produce at the Murrumbateman Village Market and Yass Farmers Market held on alternate Saturday mornings.

 

Restaurants

Murrumbateman restaurants

Dine overlooking the vineyards at Lark Hill Winery and Restaurant. Traditional home-cooked fare can be enjoyed at Caf Lerida at Lerida Estate and Four Winds Vineyard serves wood-fired pizzas.

  • Truffle Hunting

    The Canberra District is one of Australias biggest truffle-growing areas, with ideal growing conditions for the gourmet fungus. The Capital Region Truffle Festival takes place each weekend from late June to late August in an eight-week celebration of the local black Prigord truffle.

  • Murrumbateman Moving Feast

    The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place each October long weekend at the various restaurants and cellar doors in the Murrumbateman area. Best-described as a roving degustation, each participating winery prepares a signature dish made from fresh local produce and matched with regional wine.

  • Poachers Pantry

    The Bruce family began their smokehouse in 1991 producing cured and smoked meats for butcheries and restaurants throughout the state. Today the Poachers Pantry has grown to include the Smokehouse Caf, a range of Wily Trout wines, cellar door, and farm shop, set in beautiful gardens on the family property.