Vineyard escape: 5-star Granite Belt wines you need to try
‘Tis the changing of the seasons and the perfect time for a vineyard and cellar door hop!
The burgeoning wine region in the Granite Belt is only a short three-hour drive from Brisbane and boasts some of the country’s premium wineries and vineyards.
Here are 6 Granite Belt wineries with a 5-star rating from Australian wine critic, James Halliday.
Ballandean Estate Wines
The oldest winery in the Granite Belt, Ballandean Estate Wines has been in the Cardillo and Puglisi family for over 80 years, so it’s safe to say they know their stuff when it comes to making good wine!
Taste-test the highly lauded Shiraz Viognier 2012 or Cabernet Merlot 2012, followed by an Italian feast at The BarrelRoom Cafe.
If you’re a red wine lover, Boireann Winery is a must! Boireann are dedicated to making premium reds full of intense flavour and colour. Try their top-rated Harry’s Granite Belt Shiraz 2012 and The Lurnea 2012.
If you like what you see (guzzle), become a Boireann Bunch member (joining is free!) to enjoy benefits like grape-picking weekends and private barrel tasting.
Golden Grove Estate
Expect quality wine and great service at Golden Grove Estate. Home to the Costanzo family, the winery has been passed down through three generations and boasts an impressive variety of alternative wines.
Have a glass of their 5-star rated Vintage Grand Reserve Tempranillo 2012 and Barbera 2012, and soak in the spectacular views of the Ballandean Valley.
Jester Hill Wines
Shakespearean-inspired wine labels, free tastings, an impossibly tranquil setting – you get this and more when visiting Jester Hill Wines.
Enjoy the highly awarded Touchstone Granite Belt Sangiovese 2012 and Shiraz 2012, in between games of bocce or relaxing on the terrace. Don’t forget to hit their cafe too – tasty dishes and home-made cakes are ready and waiting to be devoured!
Having established a reputation for their aromatic Mediterranean & European varieties and award-winning wines of elegance and complexity, Summit Estate is an obvious choice when cruising the Granite Belt.
Not sure where to start? Try the top-rated Cabernet Merlot 2002 and Alto Spanish Collection Tempranillo 2009 while having a cheese and wine matching session at the Barrel Bar.
Symphony Hill Wines
Symphony Hill Wines has been awarded James Halliday’s 5-star rating for the past three years, and it’s no wonder why! Their go-to white wine, Gewurztraminer, has been highly praised by James Halliday and won the national trophy at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.
Their signature red, the Reserve Shiraz, has won three national show gold medals and was served to Prince William and Kate during their visit to Brisbane in 2014. Impressed? Thought so.