6 Gold Coast wineries you’ve never heard of
Was your New Year’s resolution to learn a new skill, carve out more partner R&R time or spend your precious weekends more wisely?
Let me share with you one of life’s pretty secrets… I know how you can tick off this whole list in just one day (wham!), and it involves open roads, fresh country air and glorious grape vines in the Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim.
Are you in? This wrap-up of Gold Coast wineries has your name all over it.
Canungra Valley Vineyards
Swish through the homestead doors of ‘Killowen’ like royalty in your prettiest floral and lace, where wine enthusiasts have been flocking for 85 years.
First thing’s first, order your famed vinos hand-picked right out front and bottled on Mount Tamborine. Then wander the historical hallways and rooms with a glass of Lola Blush bubbles, admiring the antiques and impressive O’Reilly family tree.
Sit back on the netted verandah with Paula’s scrumptious meat pie and enjoy the sight of 4,000 Shiraz Chambourcin, Verdelho and Semillon vines. Book ahead and devour a gourmet picnic hamper of cured meats and cheeses on the manicured lawns by the Canungra Creek.
The Canungra Valley Vineyards Cellar Door is open daily from 10am to 4:00pm.
Albert River Wines
You’ll spot the Albert River Homesteads (there are two, in fact) posing oh so elegantly behind their grapevines, high on the hill overlooking Mount Tamborine.
The property’s grand demeanor is unmistakable and no wonder why, as where you’ll stand in the wine sampling room wafts political royalty. This is the former Auchenflower House Billiard Room, once the home of three Queensland Premiers during their individual tenures. #historylesson
Once you’re over the feeling of being star-struck, enjoy jivin’ music on the sweeping verandahs with a two or three-course Italian meal, all while the kids occupy themselves with weekend boomerang throwing, whip cracking, animal feeding and sheep dog demonstrations.
The Albert River Wines Cellar Door is open daily with tours running at 11am from Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings are essential.
Sarabah Estate Vineyard
You can’t miss the opulent white and silver signage directing you onto the Sarabah (dirt) Road and taking you back in time with rolling cattle properties and a (small) causeway crossing.
Toni and her husband Cameron’s privately-owned estate exudes elegance at the base of Lamington National Park, with speciality activities on offer such as clay pigeon shooting (for grooms and functions).
The fairytale white chalet is home to the creme de la creme of crisp Rosé and Cabernet; best washed down with a slow cooked paddock-to-plate beef cassoulet accompanied with goats milk feta and sweet tomatoes.
The Sarabah Estate Vineyard Cellar Door is open on weekends for brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.
Witches Falls Winery
Learn the ropes (or rather tannins and oak barrels) from Ross, the Cellar Door Manager at Witches Falls Winery. Swirl, sip and gulp their three ranges of Granite Belt, Wild Ferment and Prophecy vinos inside the rustic cottage.
Kick back and stay longer outside on a picnic rug in the garden with local Tamborine cheeses and grapes. Or if you feel like upping-the-ante, join a guided cycle tour of the region.
The Witches Falls Winery Cellar Door is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Mount Nathan Winery
Set in the rich nectar of a Paulownia plantation on the lush Clagiraba Creek, this winery comes with a sweet twist – of honey.
Courtesy of the 200 beehive colonies producing fermentable goodies you can also stock up on ports, creams, cocktails and mixer drinks.
The hands-on production means sampling wine from the barrel (come on, everyone wants to do that) and also sheep feeding, yabby and bee observation.
The Mount Nathan Winery Cellar Door is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery
Artistic folk listen up as this stop is bound to blow your creative mind, with the natural aspect and creations of Arthur Hamblin’s Australian Outback art gallery.
The winery is famous for their two varieties of grape – Verdelho and Chambourcin, which is now producing a sought-after Rosé.
Sip wine and dine in the restaurant overlooking Wild Duck Lake, a huge swimming pool for native wildlife. Later, explore the surrounding rainforest on Prime Ministers Way to the Cathedral Caves, home to hundreds of glow-worms where tours operate daily.
The Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery Cellar Door is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Don’t feel like driving?
Let your hair down and opt to explore the cellar doors with a Cork ’n Fork guided winery tour.