Lerida Estate is one of the most prominent wineries in the Canberra cold-climate wine region. Awarded 5-stars in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, the winery has tastings, events, food, tours and more. The winery and cellar door is a eye catching building, designed by one of Australia's leading architects. Enjoy architecture, wine and spectacular views, all in this unique Australian wine growing region.
While wine tastings are free, you can enjoy special winery tasting tours that offer a little more. There are two packages. The first is $7.50 a person, and includes a 15-20 minute tour of the winery and barrel room. You'll taste six selected wines from the cellar door, and will receive a souvenir pack that includes tasting notes. The second tour is longer, and also includes crackers during your tasting, and this will set you back $12.50 per person. Any wines that are not tasted on the tour can usually be had for free in the cellar door afterwards. These packages are ideal if you want to learn more about the wines, rather then just taste them.
To really take a break, take advantage of the Cafe Lerida. There is plenty of room for casual dining under the shade of big umbrellas, with views looking out to the winery. The cafe is open on weekends and public holidays, but if you're visiting doing the week unfortunately you'll miss out. You can have simple meals for breakfast like toast, scones, or eggs, or you can select from their cake display. At lunch time there are a range of light meals like salads or tasting plates, each come with a recommended wine to try.
You might choose to take a look at Lerida Estate from a different angle, and take part in one of the Helicopter Tours run by Aquila Helicopters. You'll see the winery from the air, and some of the other amazing views of the Lake George are. You might also want to ask about their giant pumpkins, or have a game of petanque.
Lerida Estate is a beautiful winery, with some great cold-climate wines. It would be hard to do a wine tour of the region without paying them a visit. The winery and vineyard sit by Lake George, where there are some other wineries worth a visit. The cellar door is open from 10am till 5pm daily, see the website for booking tours or events.
Lerida Estate is about a 45 minute drive from Canberra, and a 2 1/2 hour drive from Sydney.