Murrumbateman is home to some of Australia’s finest wineries, where you can taste a wide range of award-winning wines made from locally grown grapes. The cool climate of the region creates a unique terroir, resulting in wines that are elegant, complex, and full of flavor. Whether you prefer red or white, sweet or dry, there’s something for every palate in Canberra’s wineries. Many wineries also offer tours of their vineyards and cellars, providing an opportunity to learn about the winemaking process and the history of the region. So if you’re looking for a fun and educational day out, head to Murrumbateman for some of the best wine tasting experiences in Australia.
If you haven’t already, you can see the full list of Murrumbateman wineries with cellar doors here, all with the latest live reviews and photos in one convenient place.
In assessing which wineries’ cellar doors are most pet-friendly, they have been rated based on:
- where the pets will be located,
- your proximity to them whilst wine tasting,
- shade, and
- presence of heaters.
The latter because of how cold open areas can become during peak weather seasons in the cool-climate Canberra region. Almost none have fans during summer, but there is often shade and drinking water available.
Don’t forget that Merry Heart CBR is pet-friendly on all private tours.
All assistance dogs are obviously welcome on any of the tours.
Because of food regulatory requirements, most wineries’ cellar doors can not allow pets indoors and this is something outside of their control.
The below rating are based solely on pet-friendliness. Not the quality of wines or other factors. Cellar Doors have been contacted for comment.
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Murrumbateman Winery - 5/5
Murrumbateman winery is one of the most pet-friendly wineries in Murrumbateman. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. So you can sit outdoors to have tastings and cheese platters with your pet. It is a tent-like area with heaters so you’re all cosy with a glass in one hand and the other petting your dog.
There are also friendly vineyard doggos who often come to welcome the visitors. On that note, make sure your dog is friendly.
Murrumbateman Winery also has a “Mollie Sav Blanc” label named after the winery dog Mollie –a part of the proceeds from those sales go to ACT RSPCA.
The Vintner’s Daughter - 5/5
Pets are most welcome here.
They can sit with you outside in the verandah overlooking the vineyard, with heaters (pictured).
Have I mentioned that they also run farm tours?
Clonakilla - 5/5
Wine tastings are held both indoors and outdoors. In the outdoors seating area (pictured, to the right), you can have your pet with you. There are overhead heaters and PVC blinds on the sides for when it’s raining.
Since Covid, most wineries in the region have moved to a timed booking system for tastings, which works well. An unhurried and pleasant experience, with knowledgeable and friendly staff.
This winery should be at the top of your list to visit. read less
Dionysus Winery 5/5
Lovely cottage style setup, bonus chocolate shop too, with lovely wines. But Iâ€™d like to rave… read morePopped into this winery during the Murrumbateman 2023 wine trail.
Lovely cottage style setup, bonus chocolate shop too, with lovely wines. But Iâ€™d like to rave about the food!
Wasnâ€™t expecting the quality of the food paired with the wines!
Whomever their chef is needs to be protected as they are amazing!!
Will go back again, just hoping they still have the chocolate ganache torte!!! And the duck and/or caramelised onion tarts, flavour explosions!! read less
Eden Road Wines - 4/5
Your pet can join you in the seating area outside whilst wine tasting. There is a shade sail to protect from the rain, but there are no heaters observed.
We… read moreAfter a warm greeting by Tim, we enjoyed a splendid tasting experience founded on a broad range of wonderful white and red wines.
We especially liked the Tumbarumba Chardonnay but found the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Syrah exceptional as well.
A beautiful setting, excellent service and superb wines made for a most enjoyable afternoon.
We thoroughly recommend Eden Road Wines for any visitor to the ACT. read less
Jeir Creek Wines - 4/5
Four Winds Vineyard - 4/5
Your pet can join you in the large covered seating area outdoors whilst wine tasting. There are also winery lunches, such as pizzas and build-your-own charcuterie board deli fridge – so expect their gorgeous eyes to shine. No heaters observed, but there are plenty of blankets and cushions to ensure that the guests are as cosy as possible.
McKellar Ridge Wines - 4/5
Dogs can stay outdoors, where tastings could also be held. There are outdoor pergolas providing shade, but no heaters.
Yarrh Wines - 4/5
Dogs are allowed in the covered outdoors area, where you can join them for tastings. There are no heaters outdoors.
Shaw Wines - 3/5
All wine tastings are held indoors.
Dogs must be on leash in the Outdoor Terrace, but you can still have a glass of wine and a vineyard platter in the terrace. No heaters observed.
So, you might want to first take your pet to the non-tasting Outdoor Terrace, go back inside for the tastings whilst keeping an eye out through the glass, and then go back and join them in the Outdoor Terrace with a glass in hand. They will be very excited to be physically close to you again.
Helm Wines - 3/5
Long Rail Gully (temporarily closed) - N/A
To be updated.
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Lost for choice but still looking to explore the vibrant capital city of Australia, why not consider taking a Canberra day tour to the Canberra wine region and support your local community? Let Merry Heart CBR suggest an itinerary and take you on a tour suited to your palate, pet arrangements, food intolerances and preferred ‘vibe’ (which may include your food intolerances). These wine tours offer a fantastic opportunity to discover the region’s rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful natural landscapes. A Canberra wine tour takes you on a journey through the picturesque countryside surrounding the city, where you can sample some of the region’s best wines. Whether you’re a history buff, a wine enthusiast, or simply looking for a fun day out, a Canberra day tour or Canberra wine tour is the perfect way to experience all that this beautiful city has to offer.
So why wait? Book your wine tour today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Canberra!
Updated: Tuesday 9 May 2023.
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