Capital Wines is a boutique Canberra District winery and vineyard owned and operated by Andrew and Marion McEwin. Formally Kyeema Wines (est. 1986) we purchased our vineyard in 2000 with plantings (from 1984) of shiraz, cabernet and chardonnay. It is from this vineyard that Kyeema first sourced fruit, and it is these grapes that formed the basis for its success in Australian wine shows. In 2002 we extended the vineyard with plantings of merlot, tempranillo and additional shiraz. The cabernet was removed in 2007.
In 2008 Kyeema Wines became Capital Wines with a much expanded range of wines, including the highly successful Single Vineyard premium range and The Ministry Series. The Kyeema vineyard is still the main source of fruit, supplemented by grape purchases mainly from the Canberra District. We also make wine under contract for others.
Our Wine Makers
Andrew McEwin and Phil Scott are graduates of Charles Sturt University.
Andrew, the great, great grand-son of George McEwin, (one of the first men to plant vines in the Adelaide Hills in the 1840s) is regarded as the district’s quiet achiever. He is a highly respected winemaker among his peers with an impressive tally of show awards and trophies.
Phil Scott was awarded The Encouragement Award for up and coming Australian Riesling Makers at the 2015 International Riesling Challenge.
The Kyeema Vineyard
The cool climate and long ripening season of the district produces exceptional quality fruit with intense flavours. The Kyeema vineyard shiraz is an old South Australian clone, sourced from vineyards used by Penfolds. Our vineyard is one of only a few Canberra vineyards to produce old vine shiraz from this clone. The combination of age and clone make these vines unique within the region.
The vineyard is located 4 kms south of Murrumbateman on an intermediate volcanic belt that runs on the eastern side of the Barton Highway. A small handful of vineyards within the region, have soils derived from this type of volcanic profile.
The Cellar Door
Visit Capital Wines Cellar Door taste our wine, share a cheese plate or experience epicurean tastings of matched wine and food. Our friendly staff are pleased to conduct wine tastings and assist with wine purchases.
Capital Wines has a 5 Red Star rating in James Halliday’s annual Australian Wine Companion.