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Christmas Emporium

Thursday to Monday over 6 November to 19 December

Our barrel room and surrounds will be converted to a cheerful Christmas Emporium for your gifting needs, featuring local hand-crafted and gourmet goodies.

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Winemaker, Ginmaker & Cocktail Guru Flight

Sunday 12 December

When wine, gin and mixology collide. Join us for this 1-hour flash cocktail course with Contentious Character, Underground Spirits and The Martini Whisperer.

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Namaste Rose - Morning Yoga + Brunch

21 Nov and 19 Dec

Flow through your Sunday morning with a yoga practice, followed by a grazing board with a glass of rosé, or a coffee.

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Twilight Tasting

Tuesday 28 December - Thursday 30 December

We're going out with a bang with special Twilight Tastings featuring our wines, grazing boards and everyone's summer fav, pavlova.

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Contentious New Year's Eve

31 December 2021

Good year or good riddance? Toast to 2021 with us on New Year's Eve with delicious food and wine and live music.


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Contentious Cabaret

Friday 18 or Saturday 19 March 2022

A night you'll never forget with a cabaret show and the option of a 3-course dinner with paired (newly released) wines OR a seat at the bar with an indulgent cheeseboard.

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Mini Taxis: Book a mini taxi in advance for 6 - 12 people with ACT Cabs, Silver Service ACT, Elite taxis; Uber/OLA/SHEBA: Uber will deliver you and arrange for your driver to return and pick you up at designated time. Jane's Personal Taxi  0434067412.

Small buses:

Bungendore Coach Hire:
Call Shane or Trish on 0407 295 564/ 6238 1272 or

Daves Tours:
Call or email Daves Tours 0492 938 244 or

Valley Limousines:
Aaron: 0431546 648

Self Hire: Hire a 12 seater for normal licenced driver at Queanbeyan or Canberra Hertz and  a non drinker can self drive.


Never let it be said we don’t enjoy a party. Upgrade your Canberra wine tours in the rolling hills of Wamboin, NSW with a Contentious Character event. We’re just 20 minutes from Canberra airport which means that even on a school night, you can come out to drink our cool-climate wines and share our views. 

We’re known for our events because they’re unique (and we also love to work with local producers to deliver them). From cheesemaking workshops to Sunday yoga and brunch to cabaret shows to our popular Thursday trivia and Korean nights, our events are more memorable than a standard Canberra wine tour.

We admit they are sometimes a bit out there but they are always a lot of fun. And we’re always open to ideas so drop us a line or email and let us know.

Visiting the Canberra district and have the kids in tow? Most of our events are kid-friendly. We keep the little ones in mind, often putting on special entertainment (to get them out of your hair for a bit) and offering children’s menus. At Contentious Character, families are welcome and pets are not only welcome but highly encouraged; you’ll often find our own doggos roaming around amongst the vines.

And if you fall in love with the place and our cool-climate wines as much as we have, talk to us about hosting an event for you. We cater all kinds of events whether it’s corporate hospitality, a birthday or anniversary party or a wedding (our favourite). Our menu blends traditional Italian flair with contemporary Australian dishes, with ingredients sourced from local producers, chosen to complement our local wines beautifully. 

And yes, even if you’re after a standard Canberra wine tour for a large, merry group - we’ll take care of you then too.