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This year’s Canberra District Wine Week is a double celebration. Not only is the district saying goodbye to a disastrous 2020, where smoke taint decimated last season’s harvest, it’s also celebrating 50 years of the first plantings of vines. There’ll be a variety of events, from premium wine dinners, to cellar door tours, and you’ll be able to join in the fun with grape stompings, art exhibitions and too many tastings to mention. Hosted from Sunday, March 21, until Monday, March 29, head to canberrawines.com.au for a full, and ever-changing, list of events. Here are a few highlights worth booking early. Tim Kirk, of Clonakilla, will be the guest speaker at this special dinner, featuring four courses especially curated by The Boat House head chef John Leverink to showcase four special Clonakilla releases. And a Gallagher Blanc de Blanc on arrival with canapes. Tickets are limited, $180pp. This event sells out every year so get in quick. March 24, The Boat House, Barton. More than 60 wines will be on offer at the tasting event, showcasing the diversity of our cool climate wine district. About 12 local wineries will be pouring their wines at the Kambri Cultural Precinct in Acton, from 3pm to 6pm, on March 20. Collect your 50 Year Commemorative Plumm stemless tasting glass and embark on a taste of our Liquid Geography. Pre-order a grazing box and spend the afternoon. Tickets $40 online presale, $45 at the door. March 20. Join Shaw Wines owner and winemaker, Graeme Shaw, for a walk through the estate’s vineyard. With the nets on and fruit on the vines, it really is the best time of the year to be in the vineyard. This informative opportunity is a chance to learn about how a vineyard works and how what happens in the vineyard affects the final wines. After the tour, head across to the cellar door for a guided tour through the range of estate wines. Finish the tasting with a vineyard platter on the terrace. March 27 to 28. Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman. Celebrate harvest at Tallagandra Hill, with wine (and music) lovers David and Mary Faulks. There’ll be tastings and live music over the weekend of March 27 to 28, featuring Kim Yang, Lucy Sugerman, MissM and Lisa Richards. There’ll be pizzas from Jacko’s and time to chat to the winemakers. From noon until 4pm, March 27 to 28. Bookings essential so give Mary a call on 0434 041 915 or email wine@tallagandrahill.com.au to secure a table in the courtyard. $35pp, kids $20, includes large pizza of your choice, one glass of wine of your choice (kids includes a soft drink) plus live music. Bob Furbank from Barton Estate will be running a series of tastings, over different dates, putting his wines up against examples from other Australian wineries. Each tasting will feature three vintages of one of his wines, and two other wines for comparison. Tasty morsels will accompany your flight of wines as Bob guides you through the personal experience. Price includes a complimentary bottle of Barton Estate wine and you can enjoy 20 per cent off any purchases across our entire range of wines on the evening. $80pp. Check website for dates and details. Bobbie Makin from Murrumbateman Winery will lead small group tastings of their wines from different vintages. Two sessions on March 21, sauvignon blanc at 11am and cabernet sauvignon at 2.30pm. Served with a morsel snacks designed to pair with the wine you are tasting and there’ll be live music as well. Check the website for more details about a behind the scenes winery tour as well. $50pp for the tasting. Work up a thirst at Lake George Winery for Grapest Fun Run. There’s a little bit of fitness and a whole lot of fun over the 5km or 10km courses through the amazing winery and surrounds and then enjoy a cool down with “wine waddle” to finish up. Afterwards there’ll be live entertainment as the sun goes down. Grapest5krun.com.au. March 20. Enotria Wines and Lucas Studios would like to invite you to Pilates in the Vineyard. Enjoy a pilates class followed by a wine tasting of Enotria Wines. With three classes available there’s no better way to get fit, enjoy the view and quaff fine wine. March 27. Enotria Wines, Bungendore.

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This year’s Canberra District Wine Week is a double celebration. Not only is the district saying goodbye to a disastrous 2020, where smoke taint decimated last season’s harvest, it’s also celebrating 50 years of the first plantings of vines.

There’ll be a variety of events, from premium wine dinners, to cellar door tours, and you’ll be able to join in the fun with grape stompings, art exhibitions and too many tastings to mention.

Hosted from Sunday, March 21, until Monday, March 29, head to canberrawines.com.au for a full, and ever-changing, list of events.

Here are a few highlights worth booking early.

Get a taste of Clonakilla the VIP dinner at The Boat House. Picture: Canberra Wines

Get a taste of Clonakilla the VIP dinner at The Boat House. Picture: Canberra Wines

Tim Kirk, of Clonakilla, will be the guest speaker at this special dinner, featuring four courses especially curated by The Boat House head chef John Leverink to showcase four special Clonakilla releases. And a Gallagher Blanc de Blanc on arrival with canapes. Tickets are limited, $180pp. This event sells out every year so get in quick. March 24, The Boat House, Barton.

More than 60 wines will be on offer at the tasting event, showcasing the diversity of our cool climate wine district. About 12 local wineries will be pouring their wines at the Kambri Cultural Precinct in Acton, from 3pm to 6pm, on March 20. Collect your 50 Year Commemorative Plumm stemless tasting glass and embark on a taste of our Liquid Geography. Pre-order a grazing box and spend the afternoon. Tickets $40 online presale, $45 at the door. March 20.

Join Shaw Wines owner and winemaker, Graeme Shaw, for a walk through the estate’s vineyard. With the nets on and fruit on the vines, it really is the best time of the year to be in the vineyard. This informative opportunity is a chance to learn about how a vineyard works and how what happens in the vineyard affects the final wines. After the tour, head across to the cellar door for a guided tour through the range of estate wines. Finish the tasting with a vineyard platter on the terrace. March 27 to 28. Shaw Wines, Murrumbateman.

Head out to Shaw Wines for a vineyard tour with winemaker Graeme Shaw. Picture: Canberra Wines

Head out to Shaw Wines for a vineyard tour with winemaker Graeme Shaw. Picture: Canberra Wines

Celebrate harvest at Tallagandra Hill, with wine (and music) lovers David and Mary Faulks. There’ll be tastings and live music over the weekend of March 27 to 28, featuring Kim Yang, Lucy Sugerman, MissM and Lisa Richards. There’ll be pizzas from Jacko’s and time to chat to the winemakers. From noon until 4pm, March 27 to 28. Bookings essential so give Mary a call on 0434 041 915 or email wine@tallagandrahill.com.au to secure a table in the courtyard. $35pp, kids $20, includes large pizza of your choice, one glass of wine of your choice (kids includes a soft drink) plus live music.

Bob Furbank from Barton Estate will be running a series of tastings, over different dates, putting his wines up against examples from other Australian wineries. Each tasting will feature three vintages of one of his wines, and two other wines for comparison. Tasty morsels will accompany your flight of wines as Bob guides you through the personal experience. Price includes a complimentary bottle of Barton Estate wine and you can enjoy 20 per cent off any purchases across our entire range of wines on the evening. $80pp. Check website for dates and details.

Bobbie Makin from Murrumbateman Winery will lead small group tastings of their wines from different vintages. Two sessions on March 21, sauvignon blanc at 11am and cabernet sauvignon at 2.30pm. Served with a morsel snacks designed to pair with the wine you are tasting and there’ll be live music as well. Check the website for more details about a behind the scenes winery tour as well. $50pp for the tasting.

Listen to live music out at Tallagandra Hills. Picture: Canberra Wines

Listen to live music out at Tallagandra Hills. Picture: Canberra Wines

Work up a thirst at Lake George Winery for Grapest Fun Run. There’s a little bit of fitness and a whole lot of fun over the 5km or 10km courses through the amazing winery and surrounds and then enjoy a cool down with “wine waddle” to finish up. Afterwards there’ll be live entertainment as the sun goes down. Grapest5krun.com.au. March 20.

Enotria Wines and Lucas Studios would like to invite you to Pilates in the Vineyard. Enjoy a pilates class followed by a wine tasting of Enotria Wines. With three classes available there’s no better way to get fit, enjoy the view and quaff fine wine. March 27. Enotria Wines, Bungendore.