The George Bar & Dining offers some fantastic local and award winning wines from the Canberra District hand-picked by our restaurant manager and Sommelier who is accredited to the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Canberra District is world famous for cool climate wines. Varying vineyard altitudes, temperature variations, different soil types along with the individual skills, character and intimacies of our local winemakers provide us a large variety of wines to choose from.
These include Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz,
Viognier, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sangiovese.
The region is home to some 140 vineyards. With over 30 wineries within 45 minutes’ drive of the George Bar & Dining.
Winemaking started 160 years ago in the Canberra region. Today or wineries boast a range of awards and international accolades for wine quality and winemaker's talents.
Canberra region wines have qualities derived from a unique Australian climate and environment and a range of soils across the local region.
Working with our wine partners we are continually updating and sourcing new wines for our guests and customers.
More details of our major wine partners can be found below.
Domaine Rogha Crois Wines
The Domaine Rogha Crois estate was founded in 1998 by David and Lyn Cross. It’s located on the Lake George escarpment above Bungendore village and specialises in award-winning Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc.
At 840 mtrs above sea level, it’s one of the highest vineyard sites in the Canberra District (and Australia!) and so the wines carry quite unique cool climate characters with lifted aromatics, rich mouth-filling textures and excellent ageing potential.
Domaine Rogha Crois is a proud supplier and wine partner to George Bar & Dining, sharing in their passion for locally grown sustainable and high quality produce.
To learn more, visit: www.drcwine.com.au
Shaw Vineyard Estate
Shaw Vineyard Estate is a family owned and operated business located in Murrumbateman NSW, the heart of the Canberra Cool Climate Wine Region.
With around 85 acres under vines, the property supplies Shaw wines with its entire production and can lay claim to the fact that they produce 100% Estate grown wines. In just a few short years, Shaw Vineyard Estate wines have been recognised with 10 trophies and a swag of gold, silver and bronze medals from various Australian and International wine shows.
To learn more, visit: www.shawvineyards.com.au
Summerhill Road Vineyard
You’ll find our award winning vineyard a little way along the road, high on the Lake George Escarpment just outside of Bungendore. We are a cool climate wine producer in the Canberra district, with Merlot, Pinot, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.
Everything is lovingly handpicked and made locally to produce high quality wine, that the Canberra District is fast becoming renowned for producing.
To learn more, visit: www.summerhillroad.com.au
Lambert Vineyards is a boutique family owned winery located in the hills of Wamboin, 30km from Canberra City. The wines are simply superb, and Lambert Vineyards is not to be missed when you are visiting the Canberra Wine District.
To learn more, visit: www.lambertvineyards.com.au
Ours is a journey of interconnection, a winding country road, over the creek, up through the stringy bark forest and onto the freedom of an open clearing.
Small parcels of fruit grow here, with healthy soils, clear air, brilliant sunshine and an organic approach, rewarding Fiona with exquisite fruit. With her hands and a meticulous manner she creates, Yarrh Wines - running water.
We are now a Halliday 4 Star Winery, consistently producing a high quality range of small batch, hand crafted, estate grown and bottled wines.
To learn more, visit: www.yarrhwines.com.au
It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecedented success.
Over time something important has become clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting.
To learn more, visit: www.clonakilla.com.au
Quarry Hill is a boutique, family owned and run vineyard situated just outside Canberra and is part of the Canberra cool-climate region, with elevations ranging from 630m up to 655m.
Another distinctive feature is the terraces that have been cut into the steep slope of the hillside, the easterly aspect of these stepped, terraced rows provides excellent morning sun exposure, and by management of the vine canopy on the western side, the intense afternoon sun can be controlled.
The steepness of the vineyard has made it exceptionally frost-resistant, and the rocky soil ensures good drainage. Warm days and very cool nights provide slow ripening fruit, retaining good acids and aromatics.
To learn more, visit: www.quarryhill.com.au
Lerida Estate is located on the Federal Highway at Lake George. It is owned by Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine.
Lerida Estate produces fine wines which have been awarded 12 Trophies, a National Wine Show Chair of Judges’ Award and over 459 medals in the 15 years it has been making wines. Wines it is particularly well known for are Pinot Noir, Shiraz Viognier and Botrytis Pinot Gris.
The Lerida Estate 2013 Shiraz Viognier has been awarded a Gold Medal at The 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.
To learn more, visit: www.leridaestate.com.au
Dog Trap Vineyard
Dog Trap Vineyard is a specialist producer of premium quality dry red table wines made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown near Yass, NSW. It was purchased by the present owners, Dr Dennis Hart and Ms Julian White, in 2003 and is a small, locally focussed business. To create great wine requires passion with knowledge and skill to match, and the products of our efforts are testimony that we have both.
To learn more, visit: http://www.dogtrapvineyard.com.au
Lake George Winery
Lake George Winery’s shale based soils consist of alluvial outwash from the nearby Cullarin Range, and loose gravel embankments created over millennia by the wave action of Lake George. Established in 1971, the vineyard has an optimal easterly aspect, and late afternoon sea breezes moderate heat during the growing season. Lake George Winery’s wines are made with minimal interference, allowing full expression of the character of the vineyard.
To learn more, visit: www.lakegeorgewinery.com.au
Helm Wines was established in 1973 and was one of the first commercial wineries in the Canberra District Wine Region. Located just outside of Murrumbateman, approximately 30 km north of Canberra.Ken and Judith Helm started the vineyard, winery and cellar door and it continues to be a family affair with all of the family playing an integral part in the business.
We strive to produce premium quality wines that reflect the true characteristics of the grape and the land or 'terroir' in which they have been grown. The cool climate wine country near Canberra allows Helm Wines to produce unique styles of wines that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
To learn more, visit: http://www.helmwines.com.au
McKellar Ridge Wines
McKellar Ridge, owned by Brian and Janet Johnston, is a business producing high quality wines from specially selected parcels of Canberra District grapes.
The winery was established in 2005. The winery utilises grapes from mature vines from Point of View and nearby vineyards.
To learn more, visit: www.mckellarridgewines.com.au
Lark Hill was established in 1978 by Sue & Dave Carpenter, high on the escarpment above Bungendore, 30km North East of Canberra. Lark Hill is a cold vineyard and at 860m elevation, is one of the highest plantings in the Canberra District. The soils are shallow depleted shale over clay, and vineyard receives 600mm of rainfall annually.
In 2002, their son Chris joined the winemaking team at Lark Hill.
To learn more, visit: www.larkhillwinery.com
Sapling Yard Wines
Sapling Yard wines are hand crafted using grapes sourced from our boutique vineyard together with premium fruit carefully selected from premier vineyards in Murrumbateman and Tumbarumba.
Located at Charley's Forest 25km north of Braidwood, and at 650 metres above sea level, the property captures breath taking views of the Budawang Range. Sapling Yard Creek flows across the vineyard, which as the name suggests, is heavily populated with Eucalypt saplings.
Grown in these inspiring cool climate surroundings, Sapling Yard produces wines of great flavour and elegance which reflect the natural beauty of the land.
To learn more, visit: www.saplingyard.com.au
The wines are created by careful and gentle handling, from the selection and picking of the fruit through to the bottling and cellaring of the final product. Using age old winemaking methods along with patience and attention to detail we are able to produce wines we are proud to offer you.
Our wines have been very well received by the trade, with a focus on fine dining venues. Continued consumer preference for our wines has meant we have been able to retain our place on many fine dining restaurant wine lists from vintage to vintage.
Our single vineyard wines are hand-made in small batches with great attention to detail, using only the very best French oak. Production is limited with the wines selling out every year.
To learn more, visit: www.joshuasfault.com.au