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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
 
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. 

 

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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

  

Time Posted: 14/04/2021 at 6:24 PM
Contentious Character
 
16 March 2021 | Contentious Character

Canberra Wine Week 2021

From Canberra Wines:

Grapes have been grown and wine made in the Canberra District since the 1840s, although in common with a number of other smaller Australian wine regions, the industry went into decline for several decades from the turn of the 20th Century.

Interest in viticulture and winemaking in the Canberra District was rekindled in the 1970s and 1980s with a number of what are now highly regarded vineyards and wineries. Our district, which spreads across Canberra, Hall, Murrumbateman, Yass, Bungendore, Lake George, Wamboin, Gundaroo and Collector has grown considerably over the past 50 years it is now estimated that there are some 140 vineyards with approximately 450 hectares under vine, and upwards of 40 cellar doors.

Canberra District Wine Week 2021, is not only a special year of celebration due to a disastrous 2020, but we’re recognising and celebrating 50 years of the first plantings of vines and subsequent production of wine within the district, cementing our place as a premium cool climate wine region in Australia.

And we want you to celebrate with us.

Here is how you can celebrate Canberra Wine Week at Contentious Character:

Join us for an Indulgence Wine Tasting experience with a 2-course meal

Over the weekend of 20-21 March and 27-28 March, enjoy an intimate group Indulgence Wine Tasting experience, hosted by a Contentious Character, followed by a 2-course lunch or dinner. 

You'll be joined by no more than 3 other couples. Wines will be curated for the group and drawn from the Founders Museum Collection, our unique collection of old world style aged vintages as well as from the Contentious Character range of new world styles.

Our Indulgence Wine Tasting was recently launched with new matched food elements as well - an experience unique to our winery and kitchen! You can check out the tastings menu here

When it comes to lunch or dinner, we offer a wide range of tempting fresh local produce in a blend of traditional Italian flair with contemporary Australian. Our food is chosen to complement our Canberran cool-climate wines beautifully - and yes, you'll also get a glass of wine of your choice with your lunch or dinner. 

MORE INFO & BOOKINGS

Wine Tastings only

Are you all about the wine only? We're hosting Indulgence Wine Tastings on their own for Canberra Wine Week as well.

Experience the best of Contentious Character by traversing styles and vintages across 12 wines with newly matched food elements including jamon, salami, cheddarbelle cheese and housemade pate. You can check out the tastings menu here

Available Saturday 20 to Monday 22 March and Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 March.

MORE INFO & BOOKINGS

 

We are so proud to be part of the Canberra Wine District.

Hope to see you at our beautiful winery in the rolling hills of Wamboin.

Time Posted: 16/03/2021 at 6:31 PM