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.
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.