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Become Canberra’s Official Winemaker

Laura Peppas

If Canberra was a bottle of wine, what would you name it?

That’s the question being put to Canberrans by Local Liquor, who have launched a competition inviting members of the community to name the official limited edition Canberra Day Wine, to be produced by leading local winemaker Nick O’Leary.

The winner of the competition will not only get to see their winning name printed on over 6,000 bottles to be sold at all Local Liquor stores in the ACT and NSW, they’ll also work with advertising agency Coordinate to design the wine label, attend lunch with three friends at Nick O’Leary’s winery for an afternoon of wine tasting, food and “barrel sampling,” and will help to write the tasting notes for the wine.

After the wine has been blended, the winner will also be the first to taste the wine, choose from a list of pre-approved local charities to be Local Liquor’s charity partner for that year and receive a year’s supply of their wine (that’s 52 bottles!)


Local Liquor supplier and group brands manager Craig Hazelton says the competition invites the community to celebrate Canberra Day in a unique way.

“With Local Liquor being a local group and Canberra-based, we decided to engage the Canberra community and in doing so thought we’d get on board with one of our leading local winemakers, Nick O’Leary, who is renowned in the region,” he says.

“Local Liquor has been around since 2002, and has since grown from 30 members to over 180 across the ACT and NSW. We have a strong involvement with the Canberra community and we’ve always had our roots here – our stores are independently owned and operated, so we like to support our fellow local businesses and the community.”

Craig believes Canberra’s wine industry has come “a long way” in the last 20 years.

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“Our wines have really improved both in quality and price, with many local wines winning awards and selling very well in our stores,” Craig says.

“In the Canberra region particularly, the locals are very wine knowledgeable so we’re pretty confident this competition will see some really great quality entries.”

Local Liquor will look to continue the competition annually, partnering with a different winemaker each year.

How to enter

Visit and type in your chosen name. Competition closes at 5pm on 7 December. Winner will be drawn by Local Liquor on 8 December (please visit their website for details.)

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Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author