Nestled at the foot of the Cullerin Range at Lake George, Lerida Estate is dedicated to making distinctive, world class, wines that represent the unique and beautiful site on which they are grown. Through the combination of cutting edge vineyard management, meticulous winemaking, a magnificent cool climate site and our spectacular Glenn Murcutt designed winery, Lerida Estate strives to provide a welcoming and memorable visitor experience to stand alongside our exceptional wines.
What are we trying to achieve?
Lerida Estate is the manifestation of a long-held passion to make outstanding Pinot Noir. The selection of Lerida as a vineyard site was influenced by the work of Dr. Edgar Riek at, next-door, Lake George Wines. Favouring wild yeast fermentation and naturally ripened bunch tannins, Edgar succeeded in making some of the greatest New World Pinots we have seen.
With Edgar’s experience in mind we aspire to produce world class Pinot Noir, made from low-yielding vines with elegant, secondary flavours using wild yeast and minimal intervention. The best of Australian Pinot Noir fruit with French-style elegance, complexity and structure.
Beyond Pinot Noir we also grow Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. Shiraz also produces fantastic fruit from our site, although tremendous demand requires us to seek fruit from growers in the broader Canberra District. We select our growers with a view to sourcing fruit that complements that grown on our site and we value the relationships we have with some of the best grape producers in the region.
Some Facts About Lerida Estate
Canberra District (NSW wine district)
First planted in 1997, 19.6 acres of vines were planted on lower slopes of Lake George Range:
1. Pinot Noir 9.6 acres
2. Pinot Gris 3.0 acres
3. Chardonnay 2.4 acres
4. Shiraz 1.6 acres
5. Merlot/Cabernet Franc 1.7/0.5 acres
6. Viognier 0.8 acres
Realise the full potential of the high, cool Lake George terroir to produce outstanding wine (particularly Pinot Noir), using low yielding vines,1-2 tonnes per acre, with minimal intervention to give the full spectrum of primary and secondary flavours. Rely primarily on own vineyard fruit, but where required, source from local growers of super-premium fruit who are prepared to reduce yield and manage for the highest flavour development.
Essence of Lerida Estate
Lerida Estate prides itself on excellence in design of both our wine and winery. Our wines are carefully crafted by our winemaker to reflect the Lake George ‘terroir’. The wines are now recognised as being among the most stylish not only in the Canberra District, but in Australia and internationally. Our winery is designed by the distinguished Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt, and ‘sits lightly’ on the ethereal Lake George landscape. Lerida Estate wines are made in small quantities and not always easy to find, but are increasingly sought after by those who are prepared to make the effort to seek out unique and rewarding taste experiences.
Canberra & Region: Cellar door, restaurants, independent bottle shops, Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice, Dan Murphy’s, Woolworths and BWS stores.
Sydney: Restaurants & bottle shops – including independent bottles shops and Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice and Dan Murphy’s stores. Also some corporate wine suppliers.
Via our Online Shop.
Canberra: Direct Sales. Sales Representative is Chris Hume on 0488 446 511
Sydney: Direct Sales. Sales Representative is Wayne McAuliffe 0420 363 004
Exports to China.
Cellar Door & Restaurant
10am to 5pm, 7 days a week
Our courtyard and barrel room are available for functions for up to 60 people, including birthday parties, social group events and Christmas parties.
Winery (P): 02 4848 0231