With over 140 vineyards and 30 cellar doors, Visit NSW states the Canberra Region is home to Australia’s most rapidly growing wine regions. The Yass Valley is fast becoming the region to visit for wine connoisseurs. However, Helm is not a new kid on the block. Established in 1973 it was one of the region’s first commercial wineries and has a slew of awards to demonstrate their success, including a five-star rating in James Halliday’s famed Wine Companion.
Ken and his daughter Stephanie are the winemakers. They are fourth and fifth generation descendants of German vinedressers from the Rhineland. Stephanie produces The Vintner’s Daughter and her Pinot Noir, would have to be one of my all time favourite wines. However, you won’t find her wine in a bottle shop so you’ll have to head over to her website to purchase it. Or even better, head over to Helm Winery so you can sample it.
I visited Helm Winery with my mum… and my two children in tow! We had a few hours to spare and the weather was beautiful, so it made sense to us to spend a few hours sitting in the sun, drinking some lovely wine.
Helm Winery is located in Murrumbateman, NSW and tastings are held in the 1888 Toual Public School House, which is listed by the National Trust. The building gives that little bit of character to an already beautiful location.
The philosophy at Helm Wines is that winemaking is an art not a science. The winemaker is the custodian of the grape and has the potential to create a masterpiece. We strive to produce premium quality wines that reflect the true characteristics of the grape and the land or ‘terroir’ in which they have been grown. The cool climate wine country near Canberra allows Helm Wines to produce unique styles of wines that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. (from www.helmwines.com.au)
I’m a big fan of red wine, and really loved Helm Winery’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. This has been matured in oak which gives it a lovely deep flavour, just what I like from a Cabernet blend.
My mother and I were lucky to have Ken Helm talk us through his wines. Like anyone passionate about what they do, he was more than happy to answer all our questions, explaining in detail his efforts to pursue wine that would rival, and has done, the best in the world.
Where: 19 Butts Road, Murrumbateman NSW
Open: Thursday – Monday, 10am to 5pm
Prices: Wines range from $29 to $52
For more information, check out their website