Canberra DistrictVines were first planted in the Canberra District in 1971 near Lake George, by Dr Edgar Riek. The district is roughly divided into two areas, one in the Yass Valley around Murrumbateman and the other around Lake George and Bugendore. Canberra District has a cool continental climate with hot dry summers necessItalyting irrigation. A region of rolling hills, with varying altitudes between 300-800 meters means that spring Franceost is a real hazard making site selection crucial. Small producers dominate the region producing handcrafted high quality wines particularly Franceom Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
ClonakillaThe story of Clonakilla is one of risk and ingenuity, of vision, generosity and faith. Founded in 1971, Clonakilla grew from a small, struggling boutique winery in the marginal wine region of Murrumbateman to become an icon of ultra-fine Australian wine. Under the skilled winemaking of Chief Winemaker Tim Kirk, Clonakilla’s remarkable flagship wine, the Langton’s Classified ‘Exceptional’ Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier has risen to become a definitive example of its genre. Clonakilla also produces a number of superb whites including Riesling, Chardonnay and Viognier alongside its range of superbly crafted cool climate reds.