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.
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.
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.