Fine arts, crafts, food, wine and antiques are just some of the delights that await visitors to Bungendore, 30 minutes east of Canberra. With its mix of old-world charm and modern indulgences, Bungendore is a must-see destination on the Poacher’s Way and is home to the Bungendore Wood Works. While you’re out that way, you should also check out Wamboin—another of the Canberra region’s wine-growing areas and home to Lambert Vineyards. An easy drive north of Canberra along the Hume Highway, Lake George is home to some of the Canberra district’s most acclaimed wineries. With spectacular views across the million-year-old lake (which is renowned for its tendency to rise and fall, often in the space of just hours), Lake George is the perfect place to indulge in fine food and fine wine and Lerida Estate is a must-see destination.
Lambert Vineyards, 810 Norton Road Wamboin NSW 2620, ☎ 02 6238 3866 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Open Thurs–Sat dinner. Fri–Sun lunch or by appointment. edit Indulgence is encouraged, laughter and fun are plentiful and the wine is simply superb’– they’re words from the Lambert Vineyards website and they aptly describe the personality and experience of this superb winery, cellar door and café. This emanates from the passion of owners Steve and Ruth Lambert. Their vibrant personalities, warm welcome and enthusiasm make this a memorable, relaxing place to visit. However, while they encourage guests to kick back, they take their wines and fine dining seriously – very seriously. The Lambert story is about following your dreams and owning a winery is a far cry from their former life in education. For years they dreamt of a vineyard with a view and it became a reality when they opened the winery, cellar door and café in September 2003. Back in 1991 Steve and Ruth planted six rows of vines and headed to university to study winemaking and viticulture. With certificates in hand, they set about putting their knowledge into action, expanding the vineyard plantings and perfecting their new trade. The impressive cellar door, complete with full glass viewing gallery to the winery below, is just the start of the Lambert Vineyards experience. The modern adjoining café is stylish and comfortable and the talented team in the kitchen delivers fine cuisine for lunch, dinner, special events and functions. The food and wines are matched and the common theme is quality and flavour – both have won numerous awards. In winter you can curl up on the lounge before an open fire, while summer days are spent on the spacious deck overlooking the picturesque vineyard and the Wamboin valley to the Brindabella Hills in the distance – with a crisp white in hand of course.
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, 22 Malbon Street Bungendore NSW 2620, ☎ 02 6238 1682 (gallery@ bwoodworks.com.au), . OPEN 7 days 9am–5pm (not Christmas Day). editThere is something quintessentially Australian about wood. No one understands this more than passionate woodworker David MacLaren. A former New York playwright, David is a master furniture maker whose love affair with wood began when he joined a woodworkers cooperative in Manhattan. He moved to Australia and established the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, a space specialising in exhibiting and promoting Australian wood art, sculpture, craft, contemporary furniture and fine arts. Works from the country’s foremost designers and makers regularly feature at the gallery. Stop by at Café Wood Works, a relaxed artspace serving meals that are generous in size and flavour.
Lerida Estate, Federal Highway Lake George NSW 2581, ☎ 02 6295 6640 (email@example.com), . Open Cellar door 7 days Café Lerida Sat & Sun, most Public Hols 10am–5pm. edit world class wines. When they created Lerida Estate on the slopes of the Cullerin Range, it was a huge step in the right direction. The Glenn Murcutt-designed winery overlooks mysterious Lake George, a site selected for its soil composition, aspect, rainfall and importantly, cool climate. The French connection is alive and well at Lerida Estate— a young French winemaker assists with the vintage each year, and the property is also home to several Pétanque courts, a highlight for visitors.
The Old Stone House, 41 Molonglo Street Bungendore NSW 2621, ☎ 02 6238 1888 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . edit When John and Debbie Putt moved to Bungendore Debbie told the real estate agent that one day The Old Stone House would be theirs and true to her word it was three years later. With military and corporate careers that have seen this couple live all over Australia they’d never considered a B&B. Four years on they delight in sharing their home, four guest rooms, conference facilities and acre of gardens with guests. The Putt family also makes a talented team in the kitchen serving delicious three-course breakfasts, they even do the catering for some of the garden weddings and events. Open 7 days.