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A two-day amble through the Canberra Wine District

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With travel currently limited, why not vacation at home? VisitCanberra’s two-day vino-focused itinerary should do the trick…

Canberra’s award-winning cool climate wine district is easy to get to—with the Murrumbateman and Lake George wineries just over half an hour’s drive from Canberra.

Spend the first day exploring the boutique cellar doors of Murrumbateman, then the second day soaking up all that Lake George has to offer.

Day 1: Murrumbateman

Photo: via Facebook.

Start your day with a hot brew and crunchy granola from The Cupping Room in Canberra’s city. Then drive half an hour to Brindabella Hills Winery for stunning views of this renowned cool climate wine region.

There is a steep drop to the Murrumbidgee River 100 metres below, which is what provides this vineyard with drainage and frost protection. Sit down for a spicy Sangiovese or crisp citrus notes of the Marsanne.

A few minutes’ drive towards Murrumbateman, take the turn off for Four Winds Vineyard. This is a beautiful place to relax and soak in the rays.

Four Winds. Image via Facebook.

The ultimate combination of wood-fired pizzas and wine tasting, or if pizza isn’t your thing, build a fancy platter from their handy deli fridge. Chill in the undercover outdoor seating area, or bring your hat and picnic blanket to sit right next to the vines. Try their cool 2019 Sangiovese Rosé (a perfect companion to a pizza).

For a continuation of the vino theme, drop into The Vintner’s Daughter for a wine tasting of their small-batch drops, including Pinot Noir and Riesling. Say hi to the goats.

Drive about 15 minutes to Poachers Pantry for dinner in their Smokehouse Restaurant. Start with freshly shucked east coast oysters and wrap up the evening with local, decadent handcrafted chocolates from Robyn Rowe Chocolates.

Head 15 minutes’ drive back into Canberra to stay within the melting pot of design, culture, food and fashion at Midnight Hotel on Northbourne Avenue—only a stroll to the hustle of Braddon.

Braddon Merchant is blonde-wood filled European-style deli and eatery. Photo: Ryan Linnegar.

Day 2: Canberra and Lake George

The Braddon Merchant is a sunny and sophisticated place to relish a hearty breakfast. Then wander into Braddon for a recharging coffee from the Lonsdale St Cafe. Browse the boutiques and pop-up stores for an hour or so.

Head around the corner to BentSpoke Brew Pub where you will find 18 varieties of beer and cider, all brewed on-site. You can watch the brew team at work—and if it’s not too early for you, sample a selection of brews by the pint.

BentSpoke. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Drive out of Canberra along the Federal Highway to Lake George Winery, where you can taste their fine wines and enjoy a long lunch or share a Charcuterie board in the welcoming Westering Restaurant.

Keep an eye out for the cute little house called Little George—a great option for your next stay. It’s the picture-perfect place to unwind and explore 300 acres of nature (with a bottle of red, of course).

Now head up the road to the modest town of Collector—with its fresh produce, art gallery and pub. A must-do is a visit to Collector Wines (feature image)—they’re open Thursday to Monday—where you can enjoy emerging varieties by the fire in winter or outside in the garden in summer.

Be sure to pop next door for a coffee from Some Café.

Some Cafe, Collector. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Feature image: Collector Wines. Credit: Sammy Hawker

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