In the flourishing Canberra District wine region, find acclaimed wines, prized truffles and locally grown produce, all in a beautiful country setting. The town of Murrumbateman in the Yass Valley is the region’s wine capital, and home to iconic wineries Clonakilla and Helm Wines.
The wine region might take its name from the nearby national capital, but the majority is in southwest NSW. Discover cellar doors around Murrumbateman, Wallaroo, Gundaroo and Yass, as well as Lake George, Collector and in the Queanbeyan region near Bungendore.
Elegant shiraz and crisp riesling are the region’s signature wines. A range of food is grown as well, including pears, apples, berries, hazelnuts, olives, mushrooms and Perigord truffles. You can buy fresh produce at the Murrumbateman Village Market and the Yass Community Market.
You’ll find farm-fresh produce in cafes and restaurants. In Gundaroo, try Grazing’s seasonal menu in the elegantly restored 1865 Royal Hotel. In Yass, enjoy a long lunch at Clementine and taste local wines at the cosy Yazzbar. Alternatively, tuck into hearty meals at country pubs.
Other gourmet things to do include trying honey wine and honey beer made from local honey at Win’s Creek Meadery in Murrumbateman. The events calendar adds even more flavour. Head along to the Wine, Women and Song festival in May and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast in October.
As you explore the Canberra District’s food and wine, you’ll find gourmet food shops, fascinating heritage attractions, enjoyable tours and natural wonders such as Careys Cave near Wee Jasper. Inside the cave are striking limestone formations in various chambers.