Visit iconic wineries Clonakilla and Helm and other cellar doors in beautiful Murrumbateman, in the Yass Valley of southwest NSW. There are marvellous food and wine festivals including the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, a delicious fresh produce market, and restaurants in pretty vineyards.
From rolling vineyards to delicious festivals, enchanting Murrumbateman in the beautiful Yass Valley of southwest NSW is the capital of the acclaimed Canberra District wine region. You can enjoy tasting elegant wines at a fine range of cellar doors, including iconic wineries Clonakilla and Helm.
Getting to Murrumbateman is easy. The drive is 35 minutes from Canberra, 20 minutes from Yass, and three hours from Sydney. A great way to experience the enticing food and wine of the region is on the Poachers Way, a scenic driving route that includes Murrumbateman, Gundaroo and Yass.
You can dine at restaurants in tranquil vineyards. The wonderful events calendar is a treat for your senses too. The Murrumbateman Village Market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of the month and sells fresh local produce, wines and olive oils, and gourmet and artisanal delights.
Join in the celebrations of the new vintage at the annual Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in April. You’ll meet award-winning winemakers at their cellar doors and relish a marvellous range of tasting experiences, guided tours of vineyards, music and tempting food in the pretty countryside.
The enchanting rural setting is lovely for a horseriding adventure. Burnelee Excursions on Horseback offer a variety of experiences for all levels of rider, including beginners. You can even join in the thrilling mustering of sheep and cattle on the grazing property or explore the natural bushland.
You’ll find plenty of other enjoyable things to do in and around Murrumbateman, which has a number of charming places to stay. You can learn the art of chocolate making at Robyn Rowe Chocolates, discover fascinating heritage and museums, and explore inside splendid Careys Cave.