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Canberra District Wine Festival Hits all the Right Notes

October 5, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Things are heating up at the acclaimed cool-climate wineries of the Canberra District with the return of the popular Wine, Roses and All That Jazz Festival.

Lark Hill Winery and Vineyard RestaurantWine enthusiasts can experience some of the best Canberra District wineries have to offer over the weekend of 2 and 3 November, all within a convenient 35 minute drive from the Canberra CBD.

More than 20 cellar doors will be participating in the festival designed to celebrate life’s best blues and fine wine. The weekend program will feature wine tastings to showcase the region’s diverse ‘liquid’ geography and wine styles, guided vineyard tours, feasting temptations and live jazz music in the nation’s capital.

Events committee spokesperson Julie Chitty of Barton Estate Wines said late spring in Canberra is a glorious time of year, making it the perfect time for a wine festival.

‘In the local vineyards the vines are bursting with new growth, and  the weather is warm but not yet too hot – perfect for getting out and about to explore the region,’ Ms Chitty said.

‘The opportunity to enjoy a weekend of tasting the latest wines from a region renowned for its diversity of geography and variety, guided tours of vineyards by their owners,  live music, great food and more is certainly very enticing.’


Renowned Canberra District wineries such as Clonakilla (whose winemaker Tim Kirk was last week named Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine’s Winemaker of the Year), Barton Estate, Four Winds Vineyard, Gallagher Wines, Mount Majura Vineyard, Murrumbateman Winery, Pankhurst Wines, and Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard will be taking part in the festival as well as Robyn Rowe Chocolates, making it one weekend you won’t want to miss.

Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with the district’s highly lauded winemakers and gain an understanding, and a taste, of what makes this region’s wines among some of the most highly regarded in the country.

‘Many of the wineries are small, family owned and run operations so you will meet and chat with people who are passionate about their industry, business and product,’ Ms Chitty said.

Wine lovers can soak up the sunshine while relaxing to the tunes of cool jazz bands playing around the grounds at a number of winery locations. A program of special lunches and dinners throughout the region’s numerous dining hot-spots will also be on offer, featuring locally produced classic and contemporary wines matched to fresh regional produce.

Festival-goers will be able to traverse the region making use of a Festival Passport and, when stamped at three participating wineries, will be eligible to enter the draw to win a number of exciting wine package prizes.

For the full festival program and more information on how visitors can best plan a weekend of wine and music indulgence, visit

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