It has been a remarkable journey for Clonakilla. When John Kirk planted the first vines in 1971 he had no idea that his vineyard would one day be celebrated as one of the best in the country. Along the way there have been trials and tribulations as well as moments of unprecedented success. Over time something important has become clear: Murrumbateman and Shiraz are one of those rare combinations in the world of wine that can produce something truly exciting. By car it's a 30 minutes drive from Canberra, three hours from Sydney and seven hours from Melbourne. Buses or groups are required to book at least two days in advance. Bookings can be made by phone on the number provided or by email.