Canberra’s Top 5 Places for Wine Fun in 2021

13 November 2021. Words by YGOW.

The Wineslinger 2021 list of Australia’s top places for wine fun is here, with Canberra’s Top 5 showing just how exciting a wine destination the nation’s capital is right now.

With a raft of exceptional new venues sweeping the nation’s capital over the last few years, few can deny that cold old Canberra is turning the heat right up, leaving locals and guests suddenly spoilt for choice. Buildings historic and brand spanking are being transformed into fresh bars, restaurants and drink-in wine stores, from the low-key to those diving deep into the night, and with them the offerings are being reinvented to staggering heights with cutting-edge menus and wine selections to match.

Whether you find yourself in the neighbourhood precincts or city centre, a fresh crop of establishments awaits the intrepid traveller keen to try Canberra’s rejuvenated scene. Often overlooked, it’s easy to forget that Canberra is fringed with some of the country’s wineries, keeping this now-vibrant city in good stead with the likes of Melbourne and Sydney. But it’s not just local bottlings filling the shelves and lists of the capitals best wine-centric venues, rather those wines nestle comfortably up against some of the best from across the country and around the world. Canberra’s Top 5 Wineslingers is where the action’s at.

Here are Canberra’s Top 5 places for wine fun in 2021

Bar Rochford, Canberra
Corella, Braddon
Paranormal Wines, Campbell
Rebel Rebel, Acton
XO, Narrabundah

It’s a fantastically mixed bunch, but one thing they all have in common is they love wine, and they want to share that love with you. Whether you’re in for the long haul or a quick drink and a snack, these Wineslingers just want to see you, and to share what they know, share what they love.

Venues have bounced back from lockdown fighting fit and ready for action, menus are fine-tuned, wine selections polished, and eager professionals are ready for wine-fuelled fun.

And with the doors open again, it’s the perfect time to remind yourself how much you love your regular wine-focused venues by both paying them a visit and getting your vote in for the People’s Choice. The Young Gun of Wine website also has detailed profiles on all the Wineslinger Awards top venues, with everything you need to know to find your next favourite haunt.

Vote on the People’s Choice here.

This year’s Wineslinger Awards trophies include top spot ‘Wineslinger’, ‘Best New Haunt’, the ‘Maverick’, which recognises a venue pushing the boundaries of possibility, and the publicly voted ‘People’s Choice’.

Everyone that votes in the ‘People’s Choice’ can go into the draw to win a host of amazing prizes, including a Liebherr wine cabinet, a year’s supply of wine from younggunofwine.com, and gift packs from Cullen, Henschke, Ocean Eight and Swinney. People’s Choice voting is now live online via younggunofwine.com/wineslinger. Voting closes on Monday 3 December at 12:00pm.

The 2021 Wineslinger trophy winners will be announced on evening of Monday 6 December.

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