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ABOUT

Welcome to the home of good wine and great debates.

Contentious Character is a cool-climate Canberra winery, set in the hills of Wamboin, just 30km east of Canberra city.

We’re a single vineyard winery and our first plantings date back to 1990. 

At one of the Canberra wine region’s highest elevations, our undulating hills give every vine the chance to breathe fresh air, and bask in the sun. These conditions akin to Continental Europe mean our wines take on an elegant, nuanced character. It’s a lovable contrast to what many expect from Australian wines.

Come taste our boutique Australian wines at our cellar door and enjoy our contemporary Australian menu (with an Italian flair) featuring local produce at our restaurant; all against the backdrop of rolling hills and distant views of the Snowy Mountains, create a charming backdrop to our cool-climate vineyards. 

Whether you come to us, or our wines come to you, we’ll give you plenty to talk about.

ALL ABOUT US

ABOUT

Welcome to the home of good wine and great debates.

Contentious Character is a cool-climate Canberra winery, set in the hills of Wamboin, just 30km east of Canberra city.

We’re a single vineyard winery and our first plantings date back to 1990. 

At one of the Canberra wine region’s highest elevations, our undulating hills give every vine the chance to breathe fresh air, and bask in the sun. These conditions akin to Continental Europe mean our wines take on an elegant, nuanced character. It’s a lovable contrast to what many expect from Australian wines.

Come taste our boutique Australian wines at our cellar door and enjoy our contemporary Australian menu (with an Italian flair) featuring local produce at our restaurant; all against the backdrop of rolling hills and distant views of the Snowy Mountains, create a charming backdrop to our cool-climate vineyards. 

Whether you come to us, or our wines come to you, we’ll give you plenty to talk about.

ALL ABOUT US

CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER? YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY.

As a boutique vineyard and producer, we don’t believe in making the ‘same same’ wines each year. 

We’re directed more by the season and what happens in the vines. We often don’t make a firm decision about what or sometimes even how we will produce our next vintage until it comes time to harvest and press our grapes. 

From austere, yet elegant Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, to full flavoured Shiraz, Cabernets, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, we have a wine to suit every set of taste buds. 

And if you love our wines as much as we do, sign up to our Wine Club for regular delivery of our Australian wines to your doorstep and save with a generous loyalty discount (not only on our wines but also at our restaurant)

JOIN OUR WINE CLUB

CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER? YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY.

As a boutique vineyard and producer, we don’t believe in making the ‘same same’ wines each year. 

We’re directed more by the season and what happens in the vines. We often don’t make a firm decision about what or sometimes even how we will produce our next vintage until it comes time to harvest and press our grapes. 

From austere, yet elegant Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, to full flavoured Shiraz, Cabernets, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, we have a wine to suit every set of taste buds. 

And if you love our wines as much as we do, sign up to our Wine Club for regular delivery of our Australian wines to your doorstep and save with a generous loyalty discount (not only on our wines but also at our restaurant)

JOIN OUR WINE CLUB

try our wines and share our view

When it comes to what we believe in, we stand our ground. And there’s nothing contentious about our hospitality.

Come across the ACT/NSW border to Wamboin to our classic, cool-climate Canberra winery.

Out here, the locals are friendly, and the odds are good you’ll spot a kangaroo or two bounding through the vines. Join us for a tasting of our boutique wines, a good meal made of local produce and a simple yarn.

VISIT US

try our wines and share our view

When it comes to what we believe in, we stand our ground. And there’s nothing contentious about our hospitality.

Come across the ACT/NSW border to Wamboin to our classic, cool-climate Canberra winery.

Out here, the locals are friendly, and the odds are good you’ll spot a kangaroo or two bounding through the vines. Join us for a tasting of our boutique wines, a good meal made of local produce and a simple yarn.

VISIT US

FEATURED PRODUCTS

2018 Merlot

2017 Riesling

NV Red Blend Bubbly

Private Tasting with Winemaker

THE RAMBLING VINE

Contentious Character
 
24 June 2021 | Contentious Character

Winter - a season for indulgence

For some, the colder seasons are a time for chilling out - as in slowing down, slothing around, hibernating...

But for us at Contentious Character, we like to keep the juices flowing. As they say, you can stop when you’re dead. 

So we’re inviting you to our winery for a winter of indulgence via good food, great wine and excellent company by our roaring fire.

Here’s what you can expect from us this July:

Sunday 11 July (as well as 25 July, 15 August and 29 August)
Wine and chocolate go hand in hand.

Like, literally, you could have a glass of our award-winning cool-climate wine in one hand and a piece (or block) of Jasper & Myrtle’s artisanal chocolate in the other!

Join us on these Sundays at either 11am or 4pm for our beloved wine & chocolate tastings. 

BOOK 11AM

BOOK 4PM

Saturday 17 July
Or is cheese more your thing?

Well head this whey to our Holy Trinity workshop of cheesemaking, cooking, pairing…and feasting. 

Make your own Mozzarella and Ricotta, guided by our Wee Jasper cheesemaker, Bridgette. 

Graze on a tasting plate of Camembert, Blue Vein, and Harvati, all with paired wines. Then, enjoy a marinated Haloumi salad for lunch - and of course, something sweet to finish.

BOOK NOW

PS. Check out this raving review by RiotACT of one of our previous cheesemaking workshops 

Saturday 24 July
CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY. 

Who said we could only have roast turkey and pudding in December? Not us, thanks - we march to the beat of our drum.

And we're marching towards Christmas in July (for our 4th year too). Arrive to a red or white mulled wine followed by a 3-course dinner with options because there's sometimes no better gift than the gift of choice.

MENU AND BOOKINGS HERE

Saturday 31 July

With all the amazing events above, it's almost impossible to pick a favourite. Almost. 

Our annual Truffle Gala is always incredibly delicious and luxurious with a 5-course dinner, classical music and a truffle talk.

If you love truffles, this night is NOT to be missed. There's really nothing else like it around.

MENU AND BOOKINGS HERE

So yeah, it's cold out there, that Canberra wind is as bone-chilling as ever and the sun is barely up before it goes down. But rug up, doll up and get ready to feast and indulge with us in the rolling hills of Wamboin.

Which event has got your name written all over it? 

Contentious Character
 
6 June 2021 | Contentious Character

3 Reasons Why We Love Truffles

It's our favourite time of the year - truffle season!

What is it about these buried treasures that just get our feathers so truffled?

Firstly, that smell. It's unmistakeable. It's earthy, musky and a little bit sweet. For us, our winery is near the Kowen Forest which is Canberra's largest pine plantation and truffles remind us of the forest floor, thick with pine needles, after fresh rainfall. Like other exotic foods, truffles can be an acquired smell and taste but we for one, are addicted to them!

Secondly, their rarity just makes them oh-so-irresistable. Truffles are finicky to grow and they're very elusive, especially in the wild. They love to play hard to get (they're an aphrodisiac after all) and we're always up for the chase. By the way, did you know that truffles have a symbiotic relationship with their host trees? So truffles grow on the roots of trees like oak and hazelnut trees. The trees provide the truffles with sugar and the truffles provie the trees with extra water and nutrients. How cute is that? 

Thirdly, truffles pair best with fatty foods, creating luxurious, decadent food experiences . Think butters, creams, chocolate, foie gras...and it's not a 'fatty food' but truffle + wine = match made in (our) heaven. At our Truffle Dog Hunt n Lunch, we'll be serving a pumpkin ravioli with sage butter and truffle, chicken breast with chestnut mushroom and truffle cream sauce and truffle-infused chocolate mousse (a collaboration with Jasper & Myrtle). Take the option to add on paired wines and you're in for a real treat of a day.

We're running this Truffle Dog Hunt demonstration (a peek into what a real hunt would be like) on Saturday 19 June, 26 June and 3 July.

More info & bookings here

Or go all into the truffle season and join us at our Annual Truffle Gala Dinner on Saturday 31 JulyJoin us for a FIVE-course dinner with paired wines. The mood will be set with classical music (it's quite an indulgent night after all) and there'll also be a truffle talk so you can ask everything you've ever wanted to know about these fascinating funghi.

More info & bookings here 

Truffle season only comes around once a year so we look forward to diving right in with you for 2021. 

 

Contentious Character
 
14 April 2021 | Contentious Character

3 Ways To Celebrate Mum This Mother's Day

PSA. Mother's Day is on Sunday 9 May 2021 and is just around the corner.

Because Mums are the real superheroes (especially since the Rona), we've got a few ways you can celebrate her, regardless of whether you find yourself in the Canberra wine district or not.

 

Mother's Day shopping fair

Over the Anzac Day long weekend (24-26 April), come by our winery in beautiful Wamboin for a Mother's Day shopping fair with free entry.

Sample a selection of Contentious wines, condiments and ketchups, Jasper & Myrtle's award-winning artisanal chocolate and cheeses and nibbles.

And if you like what you taste, purchase some for Mum with gift-wrapping available on-site to create bespoke hampers.

More info here

 

Mother's Day gift hampers

Want us to make gifting even easier?

Or separated from your Mum this Mother's Day but want to send her something special, delivered straight to her door (with shipping on us**)? 

This Mother's Day, we're offering three types of gift hampers for Mum.

 

 

At 99 dollars, our hamper includes a bottle of our 2019 Rosé (Stop and Smell The Rosé), a large MOJO French Pear candle, a Loveshak Red Wine soap bar and a block of Jasper & Myrtle White Chocolate & Sour Cherries chocolate.

More info here

 

 

At 159 dollars, our hamper includes a bottle of our 2019 Rosé (Stop and Smell The Rosé), a large MOJO Wild Basil & Cucumber candle, a Loveshak Pink & Sparkling soap bar and two blocks of Jasper & Myrtle artisanal chocolate; White Chocolate & Sour Cherries and Orange Cinnamon & Cayenne Dark Chocolate. And there's more! Mum will also receive a jar of Contentious loose leaf tea and a boxed trio pack of Contentious condiments. 

More info here

 

If you're feeling creative or if Mum's a wee bit fussy, you can even order a customised hamper. Simply let us know your budget then we'll contact you and help make your selections. 

More info here

**We're offering free shipping on all Mother's Day hampers until 28 April

Mother's Day lunch

And finally, for the big day on Sunday 9 May, join us for Mother's Day lunch.

Mum will be greeted with a complimentary glass of sparkling because she's the VIP.

Then, choose to lunch à la carte or feast on our seasonal 4-course tasting menu of burrata, wild mushroom gnocchi, Korean-style beef short rib and your choice of dessert. If mum's a wine lover, add on paired wines for an afternoon she'll love.

We can even arrange for a gift to be placed on the table to surprise Mum on arrival. After booking, just give us a call and we'll take care of the rest.

More info here