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Canberra Wine Region

The Canberra Region is a small but exciting and thriving wine region, with an abundance of boutique wineries and passionate winemakers. The region extends from Yass in the north-west, to Collector in the north east and south to Gunadroo, Sutton, Bungendore and Queanbeyan in the south-east and includes the northern part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the towns of Hall and Murrumbateman, which lies at the heart of the Region. The wineries extend to the foothills of the beautiful Brindabella Ranges and some of the western one include Brindabella Hills, Wallaroo Wines, Pankhurst Wines and Surveyor's Hill and many offer accommodation, restaurants and cafes. In the ACT there are several wineries surrounding Hall, on the border with NSW and several in the Canberra suburbs including the Kamberra Wine Company on Northbourne Avenue. On the eastern edge of Canberra City are Pialligo Estate and Mount Majura Vineyard. This diverse region has more than 140 vineyards and more than 35 wineries, all within a 30 minute drive from the centre of Canberra. There are considerable climate variations throughout the region with small variations in temperature and frost prevalence, elevations of the vineyards (range 300 to 800 metres) and soil types. Wine has been made in the Canberra Region for more than 150 years and the region has a growing reputation for producing outstanding cool climate wines that have won many awards. The local climate is a challenge, particularly the frequent late spring frosts, frequent droughts in summer and spring, a relatively high daily temperature range with cold nights and hot summer days, and sometimes cool and late finishing harvest season. The area is renowned for it Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and the number of varieties grown is increasing every year. The regional topography is quite varied from undulating hills to the narrow plains near Lake George. The soils in the region are mostly brownish, shallow clay loams, generally overlying clay or shale with a pHs ranging from mildly acidic to neutral. The sub-soils do not retain moisture and irrigation is often used, and water spraying is often employed to control frosts.

The Canberra Wine Region is home to 12 districts: Binalong ; Lake George ; Gunadaroo ; Gunning ; Hall ; Wee Jasper ; Yass ; Canberra City ; Bungendore ; Murrumbateman ; Sutton ; Queanbeyan

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