"The GRAZING wine list is a hit parade of local, regional drops, with a good selection of 'museum' locals" Catriona Jackson - The Canberra Times
Capital Wines is a small wine company owned by Mark and Jennie Mooney (owners of The Royal Hotel Gundaroo - home to the award winning GRAZING restaurant) and Andrew and Marion McEwin (of Kyeema Wines). Capital Wines purchased the Kyeema Wine Business and related contract wine making business. Capital Wines is focused on producing ultra premium Canberra region wines. We are currently expanding the 150 tonne winery, located at Murrumbateman. We also contract make for 17 other wine labels from the region, Young, Gundagai and the South Coast.
KYEEMA VINEYARD AND WINERY
2918 Barton Highway
Our winemaker is Andrew McEwin. He is the great, great grandson of George McEwin, one of the first men to plant vines in the Adelaide Hills in the 1840s. George McEwin sold his Glen Ewin Shiraz for 16 shillings per case. Andrew originally hails from Mclaren Vale and is a highly respected winemaker amongst his peers. He has an impressive tally of over 260 show awards and 45 trophies since 1994 (on his own label). Andrew is a Director and foundation judge of Winewise. Andrew is the District’s quiet achiever.
The Kyeema vineyard produces exceptional quality fruit and is one of a small hand full of Canberra vineyards to produce old vine shiraz. It has the enviable reputation of vines that are an old Penfold’s clone. The combination of age and clone make them unique within the region. In the past, the vineyard has set record prices for fruit within the district. Most of the vineyard was under contract to Hardys until 2006, and past vintages of the chardonnay have gone into ‘The Eileen Hardy' and the shiraz has produced some of the district's most exciting wines. The vineyard is located at Murrumbateman on a granite belt that runs on the eastern side of the Barton Highway.
The highly sought after “Kyeema” label has won 45 trophies since 1994. It is produced from estate grown fruit. Capital Wines produces two labels. “The Kyeema Vineyard” is our reserve shiraz and merlot. Our core range is "The Ministry Series" – which makes an irreverent commentary on our location near the political hub of Canberra. These quirky, catchy labels are designed by leading Adelaide, wine designer Karin Seya.
The Canberra Wine District
The reputation of the district is growing with some of its best kept secrets gaining cult followings from wine buffs across Australia. The iconic Clonakilla Shiraz-Viognier is a national treasure and sets the high standard for which the district has become renowned. Our wine list displays a wonderful representation of the district.
The Canberra District extends eastward from Yass to Lake George, surrounding the Australian National Capital. The climate in Canberra is cool by Australian standards, with the lower elevations able to ripen varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in most years, and the higher elevations being among Australia's coolest, well suited to varieties such as Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Grapes were first planted in the area in the 1850s near Yass, but the District's first commercial vineyards were planted in 1971. Today the region has over 40 wineries, approximately 150 vineyards, and a production of more than 2 million bottles of wine annually. The region is dotted with boutique wineries, many of which are producing hand-crafted, award winning wines.
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