Vineyard escape: Granite Belt wineries you need to visit
‘Tis the changing of the seasons and the perfect time for a winery 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’s how to taste your way through eight of the 30 Granite Belt wineries.
Ballandean Estate Wines
One of the oldest wineries in the Granite Belt, Ballandean Estate Wines has been in the 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 viognier (pronounced Vee-On-Yay), a ‘strange bird’ alternative – found on the Strange Bird Wine Trail – that is often referred to as a red wine drinker’s white wine. Or, try the Malbec, a flavoursome wine with leafiness and integrated oak aromas when you enjoy an Italian feast at The Barrelroom Restaurant.
Here they grow the wine, not make it.
With a focus on growing the best fruit with as little interference as possible, Tobin Wines in Balllandean have finessed the winemaking process and limit their production to a maximum of 160 cases each year, and each bottle is made to perfection.
If you’re a red wine lover, Boireann Winery in the small village of The Summit is a must!
Awarded James Halliday’s 2017 Top 100 Wines and Top 5 Star Winery, Boireann are dedicated to making premium reds full of intense flavour and colour.
Try their top-rated Mourvedre 2017 and The Lurnea 2017, and if you like what you
see taste, become a Boireann Bunch member (joining is free!) to enjoy benefits like grape-picking weekends and private barrel tasting.
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 Sangiovese 2016 and Shiraz 2013, 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!
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 2016 SPV Sparkling Vermentino as you soak in the spectacular views of the Ballandean Valley, or opt for the classic “Bordeaux varietals” 2016 Malbec with hints of oak and spice.
Symphony Hill Wines
Symphony Hill Wines was awarded wine critic James Halliday’s 5-star rating three years in a row (among many other accolades), and it’s no wonder why.
If you’re not sure where to start, we suggest trying the top-rated (and exclusive white label range) 2015 Wild Child Viognier while having a cheese and wine matching session at the Barrel Bar.
Twisted Gum Wines
Enjoy wines from a hand-tended vineyard where their cellar door is located inside a classic 1920’s Queenslander.
The hugely popular 2017 Pink Moscato is a classic Italian-style made from Black Muscat grapes. It has a Turkish Delight aroma and is light, crisp and has just the right amount of sweetness.
Looking for something a little deeper and rich in flavour? Try their signature deep inky-purple red wines; their 2014 Shiraz infuses black cherries and dark forest fruits.
Having established a reputation for their aromatic Mediterranean & European varieties and award-winning wines of elegance and complexity, Summit Estate in Thulimbah is an obvious choice when cruising the Granite Belt.
Start with their award-winning 2016 Queensland Cabernet, with a palate of wild berries, silky tannins and dark chocolate, working your way through to the 2016 Wild Ferment Syrah with flavours of raspberry and spice.
What are your favourite wineries in the Granite Belt region?
This post was originally published in 2015 and was updated on 4 April 2018.