Contentious Character

Contentious Character is a contemporary cool-climate vineyard estate with winery, cellar-door and kitchen, set in the hills of Wamboin, 30km east of Canberra.

When it comes to what we believe in, we stand our ground. So if you want to meet some Contentious Characters in person, we’re pretty easy to find. Come over for a tasting, a good meal or a simple yarn, and we’ll show you what we’re all about.

Rolling hills, and distant views of the Snowy Mountains, create a charming backdrop to our cool-climate vineyards. The locals are friendly, and the odds are good you’ll spot a kangaroo or two bounding through the vines.

CELLAR DOOR AND KITCHEN

There’s nothing contentious about our hospitality. With friendly local service, and an open fire in winter, our cellar door offers a warm weekend welcome all year round. No need to book (unless you’re a large group - BOOK HERE).

Come visit us at weekends for a tour, tastings, sales, and a good feed with a great view. Offering a wide range of tempting fresh regional produce, our menu blends traditional Italian flair with contemporary Australian dishes, chosen to complement our wines beautifully.

From epic brunches and lunches to afternoon treats, our Chef Tom makes sure the food served in our kitchen is every bit as interesting as the wines behind our cellar-door.

WE’RE OPEN FOR LUNCH, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, 10AM T0 5PM, DINNER FRIDAY NIGHTS and the CELLAR DOOR IS OPEN WEDNESDAYS THROUGH TO SUNDAYS.

HOST YOUR EVENT HERE

If you fall in love with the place as much as we have, talk to us about hosting an event for you. For any group over fourteen people we generally provide a set menu or arrange pre-ordering. 

We’ve got a large, flexible function space and can cater to all kinds of events, from corporate hospitality, to birthdays, weddings and hogmanay’s – never let it be said we don’t enjoy a party.

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Wine Tasting
  • Tasting Plates
  • Wine Tours
  • Fully Licensed
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Casual Dining
  • Child-Friendly
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Parking - Free
  • WiFi
  • Open Weekends
  • Group Bookings
  • Private Functions
  • Wine Sales
  • Cheese Platters
  • Live Music
  • Events
  • Functions | Weddings
  • Restaurant
  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Gardens
  • Air-Conditioned
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contemporary
  • Cheese
  • Spreads & Pastes
  • Olives / Olive Oil
  • Open Most Days
  • Tutored Wine Tastings

Must Try Wines

2009 FOUNDERS MUSEUM PINOT GRIS $35.00
2015 CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER PINOT GRIS $35.00
2007 FOUNDERS MUSEUM MERLOT $35
2015 CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER MERLOT $40
2003 Founders Museum Riesling $28
2015 Riesling $35

Recommendations

  • Nearest recommended accommodation:: VIBE Hotel, Canberra Airport or ask us for local AirbNbs

Features

  • Cellar Door - Tastings & Sales
  • Kitchen
  • Great Food
  • Amazing Wines
  • Function Space
  • Events
  • Contentious Characters

Our Location

810 Norton Road, Wamboin, Canberra District, New South Wales 2620 Australia

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Hours

Wednesdays, Thursday & Fridays 10am - 5pm CELLAR DOOR ONLY Fri 5 - 9pm Dinner Sat - Sun: 10am - 5PM Lunch
  • We offer discounts to CELLARDOORS.CO members

Available Wine Types

Sparkling Riesling
Pinot Gris Chardonnay
Rosé Pinot Noir
Shiraz | Syrah Merlot
Red Blends Dessert
Cabernet Merlot