A toast to 50 years of the Canberra wine district and the history of how it all began

By Chris Shanahan
December 6 2021 - 1:00pm
Edgar Riek, pictured in 2013, started one of the first wineries in the region. Picture: Graham Tidy

As Canberra wine celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's fair to ask why, in 1971, two smart CSIRO scientists planted grape vines in sheep paddocks? Could the same soils and climate that produced fine wool also ripen wine grapes?

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