Vineyard escape: 8 Granite Belt wineries you need to visit
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 the highly lauded viognier (pronounced vee-on-yay), a ‘strange bird’ alternative (found on the Strange Bird Wine Trail), often referred to as a red wine drinker’s white wine. Or, try their malbec, a flavoursome wine with leafiness and integrated oak aromas when you enjoy an Italian feast at The Barrelroom Restaurant.
Here they like to talk about growing their handcrafted wines, not making them.
With a focus on growing the best fruit with as little interference as possible, Tobin Wines in Balllandean have finessed the winemaking process, limiting their production to a maximum of 160 cases each year.
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 is dedicated to making premium reds full of intense flavour and colour.
Try the top-rated mourvedre 2017 and The Lurnea 2017. 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 between games of bocce or relaxing on the terrace. Don’t forget to hit the 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 at the cheese and wine matching session at Barrel Bar.
Twisted Gum Wines
Enjoy wines from a hand-tended vineyard at their cellar door, 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 and European varieties, Summit Estate in Thulimbah is an obvious choice when wine tasting your way through 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 hints of raspberry and spice.