Canberra wine region celebrates 50 years of fine vintages

Karen Hardy
By Karen Hardy
Updated March 16 2021 - 12:21am, first published March 15 2021 - 1:00pm
John Kirk and Ken Helm among the vines at Clonakilla. Picture: Keegan Carroll

One can only imagine what after-work drinks must have been like at the CSIRO back in the 1970s. Many of the founders of the Canberra wine district were busy working in their laboratories, researching such diverse fields as the taxonomy of freshwater crayfish, long distance insect migration and the physics of solar radiation in the ocean. By day, they were leaders in their field but at knock off time they would gather in someone's lab, often with a bottle of wine someone had brought in, and talk about their shared passion: wine.

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Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy

Canberra Times lifestyle reporter

I've covered a few things here at The Canberra Times over the years, from sport to education. But now I get to write about the fun stuff - where to eat, what to do, places to go, people to see. Let me know about your favourite things. Email: karen.hardy@canberratimes.com.au