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What we won’t be missing at Canberra Wine Week 2017

HerCanberra Team

It’s no secret that we love a cheeky drop here at HerCanberra.

It’s also no secret that Canberra has some of the most spectacular wines in the country (in our humble opinion). Our Founder Amanda can’t get enough of Lark Hill Chardonnay (and accepts donations) and I would personally walk over broken glass for a glass of Nick O’Leary’s White Rocks 2016 Riesling.

If you feel similarly about our local wines and want to celebrate them, indulge in them and generally just drink them, then you’ll probably already have tickets to Canberra Wine Week. If you don’t, here’s what you need to know.

Canberra Wine Week is a packed calendar of events including wine dinners at some of our fave restaurants, including Grazing at Gundaroo, The Loft at the Duxton, The Boathouse, Benchmark Wine Bar, No. 10, Wild Duck and Clementine, just to name a few.

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The focus of the festival will be on the craft of winemaking, the pairing of Canberra wines and food and why on earth Canberra is such a fantastic place for creating wine.

“Canberra has such an incredible wine region on their doorstep, with some of Australia’s most awarded wines,” says John Leyshon, President of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association.

“The cool climate makes for spectacular Shiraz and Riesling, but there are so many different varieties being made by talented new winemakers, as well as established industry stalwarts. Canberra District Wine Week is our chance to showcase some beautiful local produce, and celebrate our industry.”

Shaw Vineyard in Murrumbateman

There will also be an amazing line up of wine-y events including a Girl’s Night at the Movies at Palace Cinemas, a Garden Party at Pod Food, a Blend Your Own Wine event and even a beekeeping course at the Wins Creek Meadery.

WHAT WE WON’T BE MISSING

The Winemakers Dinner at Aubergine

Renowned Chef Ben Willis will create a divine menu to match some of the district’s best wines, which will be presented by the winemakers themselves at a special evening at Aubergine. For the real wine and food connoisseur.

Cost: $150 per head, with winemakers and wine from Clonakilla, Collector, Capital Wines, Gallagher, Lark Hill and Mount Majura.

Tuesday April 4 | See the website for more details

Choose your drop

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Furthering Hotel Realm’s sponsorship of the Canberra District Wine Week, Ostani is celebrating the 2017 vintage with free tastings in the Garden Bar every night in the first week of April.

Locals and guests alike are invited to attend the free wine tastings, hosted by two to three local vineyards each evening. Guests will have the opportunity to try the local produce while chatting to the winemakers about their vineyards and products.

Monday 3 April 5pm-8.30pm

  • Mount Majura
  • Longrail Gully

Tuesday 4 April 5pm-8.30pm

  • Yarrh Wines
  • Capital Wines

Wednesday 5 April 5pm-8.30pm

  • Four Winds
  • Summerhill Road
  • Lark Hill

Thursday 6 April 5pm-8.30pm

  • Pankhurst Wines
  • Three Lads

Ostani Garden Bar, Hotel Realm

Monday 3 to Thursday April 6 | See the website for more details

Gundog @ Grazing

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Winemaker Matt Burton from Gundog Estate and Chef Kurt Neumann from Grazing work together to create an outstanding wine dinner, defined by local produce and Australian flavours.

 

Cost: $80/person for four courses + $35 for matching wines

Thursday April 6 | See the website for more details

A Girl’s Night Out at Palace Electric Cinema

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Ladies do you love wine? what about cheese? and cinema too? If you answered yes then we have the night for you. As part of the Canberra District’s Wine Week celebrations, Kerralee Wines and Shaw Vineyard Estate are hosting a ‘Girls Night Out’ at Palace Electric Cinemas.

Bring along your friends for a 6pm wine tasting of some of the Canberra region’s finest wines along with gourmet cheese and nibbles, then at 7pm enjoy a screening of The Dressmaker with a star-studded line-up of Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving to name a few.

Cost: $35 pp plus booking fee

Friday April 7 | See the website for more details

Taste of the Region Long Lunch

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The Long Lunch event combines some of the Yass Valley’s best wines with local produce and speciality products at a long outdoor table at Memorial Hall in Yass including Mallaluka Wines, Long Rail Gully, Yarrh Wines, Ellenvale Wines and Robyn Rowe Chocolates.

Cost: $120 for six courses and wine

Banjo Patterson Park, Yass

 

Friday April 7 | See the website for more details

Wine Garden Party at Pod Food

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Pod Food will be hosting a wine week garden party with wines from Mount Majura Vineyard, Eden Road Wines and Nick O’Leary. Pod Food will be serving canapes and charcuterie as well as cooking paella and a pig on the spit. All food is included in the ticket price. Each winery will be serving tastings of their wines as well as selling the wines by the glass or by the bottle.

Pod Food will be serving canapes and charcuterie as well as cooking paella and a pig on the spit and the best part? All food is included in the ticket price.

Each winery will be serving tastings of their wines as well as selling the wines by the glass or by the bottle. Cheers to that.

Cost: $50 per person

Friday April 7 | See the website for more details

MAKE A STAY-CATION OUT OF IT

Accommodation providers including Mantra, Peppers Gallery Hotel and BreakFree Capital Tower, Hotel Kurrajong,  East Hotel, Diplomat Hotel, Premier Hotel and Apartments and Parklands Hotel and Apartments in Canberra.

Coodravale Homestead, Good Hope Resort, Last Stop Ambledown Brook, The Nest, Gundaroo Colonial Inn in Yass have also for the first time become involved, creating packages for out of towners visiting for the week, or locals wanting to add a special night out to their event.

NEED WE SAY MORE?

The full program and accommodation packages can be found at the Canberra District’s new website www.canberrawines.com.au where details of how to book can also be found.

Images: Supplied

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