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Four local sparklings for your wedding toast

Kate Hibberson

Sparkling wine sets the scene for every wedding, from the moment your guests walk into the reception to the speeches in which everyone will toast. 

Indeed some guests (like me) will be enjoying their sparkling all weekend.

While the Canberra District and surrounds are famous for their Riesling and Shiraz there are quite a few great sparkling wines made locally, as well as in nearby Tumbarumba and the Southern Highlands.

The process of making sparkling wine can often be a little more involved than a simple dry wine. Local expertise is also needed for disgorging (getting the yeast out of the bottle) and many of the local sparklings are sent to local expert Greg Gallagher. The extra processes, as well as the length of time they often need in bottle before being sold, can account for the higher prices.

Weddings can be very expensive and we all know everyone loves to have a few more drinks than they would on a normal evening. If you’re on a budget (as so many of us are), there are a few ways to save some pennies when it comes to selecting your sparkling; so if these look a little expensive, an Italian prosecco can be a great, fresh, uncomplicated sparkling and often much cheaper (then get a couple of nice bottles just for you and your new spouse).

Whether you’re a sparkling fanatic looking for something truly exceptional, or just a nice drop for guests to enjoy for the toasts that fits within your budget, the Canberra District and surrounds has something perfect for every couple.


This Sparkling has been on yeast lees for three years, adding lovely toasty, bready notes on the nose. A seriously zesty, delicious long and dry style.

Available from Mount Majura Vineyard for $30.


With its attractive hint of pink colour, this sparkling has more red fruit and is a little softer and rounder than the zesty citrus style previously. However, good length and acidity certainly mean everyone will enjoy a toast with this sparkling.

Get it for $35 from Wily Trout.


The best Sparklings come from cool climates and the Southern Highlands certainly fit this description. Centennial has a beautiful range— while this one is one of their most inexpensive, it’s still great quality.

Grab a bottle for $30 from Centennial Vineyards.


Courabyra has a beautiful selection of Sparklings and some of the most complex in the state. This one is fruity, fresh and a little less dry than some of the others but deliciously balanced.

$26 from Courabyra Wines.

This article originally appeared as part of our UNVEILED Print Preview in Magazine: Future for Winter 2017, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here


Kate Hibberson

Kate is the current Cellar Door Manager at Mount Majura Winery. More about the Author

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