WINE TOURS –
Wine Tours around Canberra District Wine Region with leading Canberra chauffeur service Let’s Go Places Canberra are a fabulous Grape Escape!
The Canberra District Wine Region may be small but we punch well above our weight when it comes to fabulous wine. Revered wine critic James Halliday has rated 10 of our wineries 5 stars or more – the highest ranking he can give!
Canberra’s climate is cool by Australian standards, and so grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as Riesling and Pinot Noir flourish.
Grapes were first planted in the area in the 1850s near Yass, but the District’s first commercial vineyards were planted in 1971. Today the region has over 40 wineries, approximately 150 vineyards, and a production of more than 2 million bottles of wine annually. Boutique wineries dot the region and many are producing hand-crafted and award winning wines.
So why not come along and find out for yourself just how good the Canberra District Wines are … you won’t be disappointed…!
LET OUR CANBERRA CHAUFFEUR SERVICE TAKE YOU ON A PERSONALISED WINE TOUR
Grape Escapes, in conjunction with the very experienced chauffeurs of Let’s Go Places Canberra, offers a range of personalised chauffeured driven Canberra District wine tours for small numbers of clients (1-4 persons). Our wine tours can be tailored to those who would like to enjoy a day sipping wines, sampling local produce and improving their wine knowledge. Typically, a full day starts with your chauffeur driver picking you up from home or hotel at around 09.30am. You’ll then visit at least four wineries (either suggested by us, or of your choosing) during the day and, of course, you’ll stop for a leisurely lunch. Your chauffeur service would then have you homeward bound by 4.30 – 5.00pm. A half day wine tour (four hours) is usually a later start with your chauffeur taking you first to a winery in the morning. Stop for lunch at your favoured restaurant and on to another winery or two during the afternoon.
WHAT IT COSTS TO NOT WORRY ABOUT DRIVING
Our Canberra chauffeured service for a full day wine tour is $680, and includes each winery’s charges for tastings. A half day wine tour is $380. Lunch and/or epicurean plates are additional costs and are to be paid by you at the winery.
MMM…. DECISIONS, DECISIONS! WHICH WINERIES?
Here’s a list of just some of the wineries our Canberra chauffeur service can take you to: (taken from: https://www.wineselectors.com.au/selector-magazine/wine/the-must-visit-cellar-doors-in-the-canberra-region). Do a google search yourself and see the long list of wineries and over 30 cellar doors)
WINE TOUR that includes CLONAKILLA
It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best, and most iconic in the country. It is now run by Tim, one of John’s five sons. Over time Clonakilla’s success has made something important very clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.
Open 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday – Thursday and 10.00am to 5.00pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday
3 Crisps Lane, Murrumbateman, NSW
WINE TOUR that includes SHAW VINEYARD ESTATE
Family owned and operated, Shaw Vineyard Estate is in Murrumbateman, the heart of the Canberra District wine region.
A producer of premium cool climate wines, they won Best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2018 London International Wine Challenge for their 2015 Reserve Merriman.
You’ll find a unique range of hand-made and hand-painted Italian ceramics for sale at their exciting new cellar door. In the adjoining restaurant, Olleyville, enjoy breakfast on weekends, lunch Wed to Sun and dinner Wed to Sat.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am–5.00pm.
34 Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman, NSW
WINE TOUR that includes HELM WINES
Ken Helm is a 4th generation descendant of German vignerons who planted vines in Albury/ Rutherglen in 1850s. Helm Wines of Murrumbateman was established by Ken and Judith Helm in 1973. They are pioneers of the Canberra District and specialise in Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Helm’s approach includes two dedicated wineries on the site for the exclusive production of the two wines and the wines have a long reputation for quality and consistency.
The winery enjoys a five red star rating by James Halliday and in Huon Hooke’s 2018 Top Wineries of Australia. The Cellar Door is the heritage listed 1888 Toual School House, which has been faithfully restored.
Open daily except Tuesdays and Wednesday. Summer hours: (September 30 to April 30) 10.00am–5.00pm. Winter hours: (May 1 to October 1) 10.00am–4.00pm.
19 Butts Rd, Murrumbateman NSW 2582
WINE TOUR that includes THE VINTNER’S DAUGHTER
The Vitner’s Daughter is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Stephanie Helm & Benjamin Osborne and creates unique small batch wines from estate grown grapes. The vineyard is not far from where Stephanie grew up learning to make wine from her winemaker and vintner father, Ken Helm. In fact, Stephanie made her first wine at the ripe old age of nine! The winery produces Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz and limited fortified wines.
Cellar door opening hours: Weekends 10.00am to 4.00pm
Crisp Lane, Murrumbateman NSW
WINE TOUR that includes EDEN ROAD WINES
Eden Road’s Cellar Door is charming. It’s located adjacent to the bustling winery and the tasting space is open plan with views across lawns and estate vineyards. Summer sees guests spilling outside onto the adjoining gardens, while in winter it’s very cosy despite the grand size of the space. A simple tasting bar is bookended with used oak barrels and with barrels of maturing wine lined through the room.
One of Eden Road’s best assets is its welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable Cellar Door staff. The breadth of wines on offer allows for a definitive guide to Canberra District’s marque varieties of Shiraz and Riesling. The peripheral wine growing areas of Tumbarumba, Gundagai and Hilltops from where Eden Road additionally sources grapes, are also showcased.
Simplicity is the key at Eden Road’s Cellar Door with energy focused on conversation and tasting the award-winning wines. This is supported by a simple and easy menu.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00am–5.00pm.
3182 Barton Highway Murrumbateman NSW
WINE TOUR that includes GUNDOG ESTATE
Matt Burton decided to step out and establish the Gundog Estate wine business and cellar door after having being involved for many years in winemaking and wine business management. Gundog Estate has consistently been awarded a prestigious five-star winery rating from wine critic, James Halliday. The winery offers a wide range of premium wines. This includes a Cabernet-based Rosé, Shiraz and Riesling from the Canberra District, Hunter Valley Semillion and Shiraz and Hilltops Shiraz. This split regional personality extends to their cellar doors, with one in the Hunter Valley and the other in Gundaroo, just north of Canberra. The Cork St Cellar is set in old 19th century stables. It offers cheese and charcuterie plates, coffee, and gourmet pantry items featuring local produce.
Open Thursday and Friday, 11.00am–4.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 11.00am–5.00pm.
42 Cork St, Gundaroo, NSW
WINE TOUR that includes CAPITAL WINES
Capital Wines is one of the quiet successes of the Canberra wine scene and produces some of the most exciting and awarded wines within the district. Their acclaimed Ministry Series makes a wry comment on our political masters! Capital Wines single vineyard series are premium wines and are handcrafted from the best grapes in the vineyard. The Kyeema Vineyard Shiraz vines are from an old South Australian clone sourced from vineyards used by Penfolds and are unique within the district.
The cellar door offers a range of quality varietal wines that have been consistently awarded over the years. Epicurean tastings of four wines expertly matched to four tastes of food are a particular favourite. Private tastings are held in the Kyeema Gallery, which features monthly changing exhibitions of local and regional artists.
Open 10:30am–5.00pm Thursday to Sunday and most public holidays.
13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT
WINE TOUR that includes MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD
Mount Majura Vineyard lies near the top of the Majura Valley, just outside Canberra. Every Mount Majura Vineyard wine always has been, and always will be, made exclusively from their single vineyard. Friendly and knowledgeable Cellar Door staff invite you to relax and enjoy a seated tasting. Taste as many or as few wines as you like. With an extensive range, from sparkling wine and dry whites, to reds and sweet wines, there is something for everyone. With a number of wines to taste side-by-side, it’s a great educational experience for everyone from the wine novice to the serious connoisseur.
Cheese plates and regional tasting plates are available for purchase.
Open 7 days 10.00am–5.00pm and most public holidays.
88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura, ACT
WINE TOUR that includes LONG RAIL GULLY WINES
Long Rail Gully is a family owned winery just north of Murrumbateman. Every step from vineyard to bottling of their premium award-winning wines is undertaken at Long Rail Gully in “The Big Shed”, which is also the home to their Cellar Door. It produces exceptional cool climate wines. The picturesque vineyard is beautifully located in amphitheatre-like surroundings, around a beautiful 6-acre trout filled dam. Just perfect for a picnic.
Taste for yourself why Long Rail Gully is one of the region’s premier winemakers.
Open weekends and public holidays 11.00am–4.00pm.
161 Long Rail Gully Rd, Murrumbateman, NSW
WINE TOUR that includes FOUR WINDS VINEYARD
Kick back overlooking the vineyard with a glass of wine in one hand and a slice of wood fired pizza in the other! Four Winds are excited to announce they are also the new custodians of Kyeema Estate, giving access to new varieties – Tempranillo, Chardonnay and Viognier. The Estate also provides some exceptional quality fruit such as an old Penfolds clone of Shiraz and a reserve Merlot.
Open Thurs to Monday, 10.00 am to 4.00pm. Pizzas 12.00pm – 3.00pm
9 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman NSW
NEED FOOD WITH THAT?
Why not enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of these restaurants during your wine tour! Let us book for you.
LUNCH at GRAZING
Grazing is located in the historic Royal Hotel in Gundaroo, close to the Gundog Estate’s Cellar Door. It’s a multi award winning restaurant whose philosophy with food is simple: “we aim to serve good size portions of great food, made with the freshest possible ingredients”. They don’t serve anything too fussy, just combinations of flavours and textures that appeal to the senses.
Grazing complements their innovative menu by offering an extensive list of the region’s finest Canberra District wines. Choose wines from some of the best known local wineries and also those who are emerging onto the local Canberra district wine scene.
Around $70 per head for 3 course lunch plus wine/drinks.
Open: Lunch Fri – Sun and Most Public Holidays; Dinner Thu – Sat
Cork Street, Gundaroo, NSW 2620
Lunch at OLLEYVILLE AT SHAW
A menu devised by head Chef, Anthony Davis, offers something special for locals and visitors with traditional, rustic, shareable plates to family feasts. You will be able to enjoy antipasto boards and cheese plates featuring local farm produce if looking for a light eat. Homemade pastries baked by an in-house pastry chef with coffee from Little Marionette are also on offer. Wanting something more substantial? An excellent menu offering wood fired pizzas, classics, feasts from the wood oven, a variety of mains and excellent sides is available. The central wood fire dominates the menu direction!
Of course, being located on the Shaw Vineyard Estate, all dishes will be perfectly paired with one of the cool climate wines that the vineyard is best known for.
Open: Wednesday to Friday, 12:00noon to 2.00pm, 6.00pm to 8.30pm; Saturday, 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.00pm to 8.30pm; Sunday, 8.30am to 10.00am, 11:30am to 2.30pm
34 Isabel Drive, Murrumbateman NSW
LOCAL WINE EVENTS to add to your WINE TOUR … lots of fun!
From time to time there are Wine Events well worth going to with those friends or family members who love a fabulous experience just as much as you do. Let our Canberra chauffeur service assist!
Harvest Hamper Trail: Hampers in the vineyard, signature dishes matched with premium wines. Accompanied by live music. You can bottle your own wine, enjoy barrel tastings and vineyard tours. Add chocolate delights, harvest platters on the verandah, dinner and show, and locally made cheese platters!
The Murrumbateman Moving Feast: Taking place on Sat 3 and Sun 4 Oct 2020 The Murrumbateman Moving Feast showcases some of Murrumbateman’s finest wine, food, produce and views. An exploration of the region and senses by roving degustation!
Music Monday: 5 Oct 2020, is a day dedicated to music after the bustle of the Moving Feast has finished. Drop into participating venues and taste wonderful local wines whilst enjoying a variety of great music.
Check the Four Winds Winery website for a list of interesting events that may be on just when you are visiting the Canberra Wine District!
Grape Escapes Wine Tours and Let’s Go Places Canberra chauffeured service will be delighted to plan a tailored wine tour for you, or do the planning as guided by you. Every itinerary is fluid, planned for you and with you, and of course depends on the opening of the cellar door/winery and restaurant. Our friendly and hospitable chauffeur drivers are waiting to take you on your fabulous tour in an immaculate white Holden Caprice sedan, leather interior!
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