7 things not to miss at Canberra District Wine Week 2017

Jil Hogan
The cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard.
The cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard. Photo: Karleen Minney

The celebration of all things Canberra wine is back for 2017 with an entire week dedicated to showing off local drops. From March 31-April 9 there's tastings, chances to chat with the winemakers, and one-off lunches and dinners, where food is matched with the wine and not the other way around.

Here's our pick of what not to miss at Canberra District Wine Week 2017:

1. The winemaker dinner

It all starts with the winemaker. Meet the makers behind Gallagher Wines, Lark Hill Biodynamic Wines, Collector Wines, Capital Wines, Clonakilla and Mount Majura Vineyard - and of course taste their wines - at this dinner at Aubergine. The wines will be matched with a locally-sourced dinner from Aubergine's Ben Willis.

Canberra District Wine Week is on March 31-April 9.
Canberra District Wine Week is on March 31-April 9. Photo: Karleen Minney

6.30pm Tuesday, April 4, Aubergine, $150 per person, only 48 tickets available.

2. Girls' night out

How's this for an equation: wine + cheese + the movies + getting the ladies together? It has all of the makings of a pretty delightful Friday evening. Kerralee Wines and Shaw Vineyard Estate are hosting a wine tasting with gourmet cheese and nibbles in the Palace Cinemas foyer, before a 7pm screening of The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.

6pm Friday, April 7, Palace Cinemas, New Acton, $35 per person.

Fergus McGhie among the vines at Mount Majura Vineyard.
Fergus McGhie among the vines at Mount Majura Vineyard. Photo: karleen minney

3. Taste of the region long lunch

Top notch wine and produce calls for long, leisurely lunches. And at this lunch in Yass, nothing that hits your plate or glass has travelled very far at all. As well as wines from Mallaluka, Long Rail Gully, Yarrh, Dog Trap Vineyard and Ellenvale, there's produce from Thyme to Taste, Le Barre Olive Oil, Clementine, Ewe 'N Me, and Robyn Rowe.

Noon Friday, April 7, Banjo Paterson Park, Meehan Street, Yass, $120 per person.

4. A taste of tempranillo

Mount Majura Vineyard's Frank van de Loo will host a night dedicated to the Spanish grape of Tempranillo at the Boat House. Start the night with sparkling and canapes before delving into the world of Tempranillos - with both wines from Spain and Mount Majura Vineyard. Matched with a four-course menu with three wines per course.


6.30pm Thursday, April 6, the Boat House, $140 per person.

5. Loft living room Sunday luncheon

Who better to have along to Sunday lunch than Nick O'Leary? The Loft, upstairs at the Duxton, is celebrating wine week with an exclusive lunch with the winemaker. Lunch is four courses from the Loft's kitchen, with matching wines.

12.30pm Sunday, April 9, the Loft, $89 per person, bookings: 6162 0799.

6. Left field wines

Tasted your fair share of local drops? You probably haven't tasted these. Head along to Clementine in Yass for canapes, pates and cheeses, complemented by unusual wine varieties and styles from emerging Canberra district winemakers.

6pm Thursday, April 6, Clementine, $40 per person, only 55 tickets available.

7. Wine garden party

Swap after-work drinks for a relaxed wine garden party at Pod Food in Pialligo. There will be wines from Mount Majura Vineyard, Eden Road Wines and Nick O'Leary, and Pod Food will be serving canapes and charcuterie as well as cooking paella, plus a pig on the spit. The ticket includes all food - wines will be available for tastings and to purchase by the glass or bottle.

From 5.30pm Friday, April 7, Pod Food, $50 per person.

Tickets to all of the events available at canberrawines.com.au