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.