The Canberra District wine region incorporates the majority of vineyard developments in the northern part of the Australian Capital Territory and the adjoining area of New South Wales.
The vineyards of the Canberra District fall naturally into two groups. In the first are those near the border with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, north-west of the city along the Barton Highway from Hall as far as Murrumbateman.
The second group is to the north-east along the Bungendore ridge and the north-west shore of Lake George, accessible from the Federal Highway.
The climate is one of extreme highs and lows, and irrigation is highly desirable if any semblance of yield consistency is to be maintained. The majority of wineries are small, but it has become an important industry in the area. The main wine styles include Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
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