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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)

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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

2021 Verdelho

2021 ROSE

2010 SHIRAZ

Private Tasting with Winemaker

THE RAMBLING VINE

Contentious Character
 
25 August 2021 | Contentious Character

A new sexy suite of delicious drops

There’s still one thing you can count on in 2021, irrespective of variants and restrictions, and it’s wine.

Specifically, premium, guzzle-worthy wines with character, from yours truly.

Introducing our just-released sexy suite of delicious drops that know how to make a statement. So make yourself a cuppa (did you know we make our own teas too?), settle in and meet the new good-looking kids on the block.

 

2019 Merlot

This red is seriously sensual. It has a deep velvety-purple colour that is luscious just to look at. In that first sip, you'll savour mulberry and blackberry flavours, with hints of graphite to give it that extra oomph. This Merlot keeps on giving too, with strong grippy tannin that really goes the distance. 

Up your game when sipping this one and serve it alongside decadently braised and slow-cooked wild boar and thick, luxurious Venetian duck ragu. 

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2019 Pinot Noir

Apparently, Pinot Noir is the 'healthiest' red wine that you can drink.

We can't prove that, but we can attest to the smooth and easy drinking, that is our 2019 Pinot Noir. This is a dry unfined Pinot, with hints of violet, cherry and cranberry flavours.

For those into cellaring, this red features medium-bodied tannin which means that with some TLC, it'll further develop into an even more elegant wine.

For those who want to enjoy it now, we love to pair it with crispy, aromatic Peking duck (with pancakes, please).

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2019 Shiraz

HELLO, to our Shiraz in ruby red!

Shiraz are famous for their fruit profiles and this one's no different, with soft perfumes of cherry, raspberry and hints of pepper (just to keep you interested). You'll find a finely spun tannin structure here, alongside subtle naughty notes of tobacco and blueberry on the finish.

This is one you'll want to draw out so pour it generously alongside steak dinners and roast lamb feasts.

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2019 'Whiffle Waffle' Pinot Noir

This Pinot is for those who like to do it a little differently. You'll be whiffle-waffling about this red for its earthiness and mushroom aromas, as well as its subtle hints of sour cherry and some nice, groppable body. 

We love to love this Pinot when tickling the tastebuds with spicy food. It also goes down a treat with tender, fatty duck dishes and actually, chargrilled vegetables (who'd have thought?).

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2021 'Chardy Party' Chardonnay

AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A CHARDY PARTY. Did you know that chardonnay is known as the winemaker's grape? It's a low-maintenance and yet classy and delightful wine. One can only hope for the same in a partner but when trapped to the confines of your four walls, this might be the best you can do for a while.

Our 2021 Chardonnay is lightly oaked with green apple and lemon aromas with crunchy apple textures, supported by nice clean acidity for length.

A classic wine deserves a classic meal so sip it while indulging in some perfectly roasted chicken, with ALL the sides.

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2021 'Priscilla Queen of the Pinot Gris'... Pinot Gris, of course!

Freshen up when things get all hot and heavy with this crisp Pinot Gris, displaying lemon and hints of melon on the nose, with citrus lemon flavours and solid acid structure.

This one's a friendly little number; it loves to tango with fresh seafood dishes but also loves to get down and dirty with Asian stir-fries. 

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2021 'Give Me One Good Riesling' Riesling

Picked early, this is a light semi-dry Riesling with aromas of lime, grass and hawthorn, which come through on the palate.

If you love fresh, zesty ceviche dishes that immediately transport you back to South America...well, that's the only riesling you should need to sample this Riesing because ceviche and this crisp little number are made for each other. And look, it'll be the closest you'll get to Peru for awhile. 

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2021 'Coming Up Rosés' Rosé

ARE things really coming up Rosés, you ask? We're doubtful too but there's no doubt this Rosé is delectable.

Our 2021 Rosé is savoury-styled, made from shiraz grapes. It displays red berry aromas, raspberry and strawberry flavours with delicate spicy notes and a clean crisp finish.

For this one, we think you should go all the way and get the lobster. After all, if things aren't looking up, then we might as well go down in style (with glasses way more than half-full). 

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2021 'Give It A Burl Shirl' Sparkling Chardonnay

Whether you have this with food, or without food, we guarantee you'll be mighty pleased that you gave it a burl, Shirl. 

This sparkling is sure to please and put a hop in your step, with green apple and stonefruit flavours and a lively, crunchy texture.

If you're playing it on the safe side and want to serve it with some substance, we recommend seafood dishes.

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2021 'Viva La Verdelho' Verdelho

Our first organic wine and the love child of a new growing arrangement in Cowra. This Verdehlo displays tropical fruit flavours with hints of passionfruit and lime, supported with good clean acidity for length.

Sip this Verdelho while indulging in some freshly shucked oysters and you'll feel like you've just been dropped onto a five-star resort on a remote Thai island - one can dream, right? 

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 And so there you have it. The fruits of our loins are now available for your enthusiastic enjoyment. If you're reading this and you're in lockdown, don't forget that for orders of 6 bottles or more, we're currently offering free shipping. Gotta keep those spirits high somehow! 

 

 

 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 

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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.