The region has a growing reputation as one of Australia’s top producers of alternative variety wines - known here as Strange Birds. To be called an alternative, a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by Wine Australia.
A host of cellar doors offer a personal and friendly wine experience where you are likely to meet the vignerons and winemakers who grow the fruit or make the wine you are sampling. Enjoyed in Europe for generations, these alternative varieties are now emerging as Australian favourites due to their ability to match perfectly with our food preferences. You can taste alternative varieties at dozens of our cellar doors.
Discover which wines are StrangeBirds and find a cellar door on our StrangeBird Wine Trail Map or from the list below.
Balancing Rock Wines is the Granite Belt’s newest Cellar Door, having been open since Easter 2017 – the excitement and love of wine is in exploring something new! Situated just beyond Ballandean and close to two other excellent Cellar Door experiences as well as the chocolate shop it makes for a great half-day out. Plus, it is only minutes from Girraween National Park. Be delighted by the wine; be inspired by the landscape, views and vineyard; and enjoy the Cellar Door experience from the owners, David & Lori Broadbent, and their brave story of love behind the label. Visitors are most-welcome to stroll through the vineyard to Balancing Rock – the label takes its name from this amazing natural granite structure which sits among the premium Shiraz vines. The rock assumes the role of the vineyard’s guardian – the ever-watchful protector. The vineyard has been operating for more than 20 years, producing a range of individual, estate-grown, vegan wines, including a beautiful Campfire series, a Rock Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Verdelho, a lovely Sparkling and a very special Reserve Sagrantino. Wine styles: Sparkling, Whites & reds.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:0407 127 903
Cellar Door Open Friday to Monday 10am to 4pm, plus public holidays (except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day) & 7 days on school holidays
221 Old Wallangarra Road, Wyberba
As pioneers and leaders of the Queensland wine industry, the Puglisi family lives and breathes wine. For over 80 years, we have been cultivating grapes and crafting wine.
We strive for excellence in all areas of operation and are committed to building our successful business and raising the profile of Granite Belt wines through creating award-winning boutique wines. Four generations of Puglisi family tradition and innovation mix to produce regionally expressive wines that truly reflect the Granite Belt.
Ballandean Estate blends the history of their four generations with modern winemaking methods that results in a remarkable winery experience.
Wine styles: Sparkling’s, sweet whites, whites, rose, sweet reds, reds, dessert wines, fortified.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1226
7 days 9am – 5pm
354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean
Barrelroom & Larder Restaurant, Opera in the Vineyard, Restaurant, Gourmet Food Gallery, Wine Tours
Boireann is one of the prettiest vineyards in the Granite Belt. The vines are nestled in a small valley surrounded by huge granite boulder, which inspired the name (gaelic for “rocky place”). Our altitude of 875 metres above sea level provides a cool climate, and the wines display typical characters of pepper and spice with intense varietal flavours.
We have a diverse vineyard with numerous “Strange Birds”, including Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbara, Mourvèdre and Tannat.
Boireann holds a James Halliday 5 red star rating and is included in his Top 100 Australian Wineries.
Wine styles: Dry reds.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 2194
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-4pm Monday 10am-2pm; daily in school holidays
26 Donnellys Castle Rd The Summit 4377, The Summit
The vineyard is over 120 years old and still supplies all the grapes required in this boutique winery. Varieties planted are Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Muscat, and the two Strange Bird varieties Gewurztraminer and Malbec. All are lovingly tended with sustainable vineyard practises so that what you have in your glass expresses the individuality of Bungawarra.
From vineyard to glass, with minimal intervention, all stages of winemaking are done on site to provide our own unique product.
A range of wines is available – dry, sweet, white, red , and the fabled Liqueur Muscat from 90 year old vines. Enjoy tasting them in the picturesque setting here among the hills of Ballandean. Picnic facilities are available too.
Wine styles: Sweet whites, whites, rose, sweet reds, reds, fortified.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1128
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, every day except Christmas and Good Friday.
181 Bents Rd, Ballandean, 4382
A picturesque vineyard including a boutique winery and cosy Cellar Door. Set at 830m above sea-level, high on the Great Dividing Range, Girraween Estate produces classic cool climate wines. Beautiful elegant reds and crisp clean white wines plus an exciting range of sparkling wines. Visit our Cellar door and talk to the people who grow the grapes and make the wine. Our award winning range of wines are produced at our winery using estate grown fruit. Every bottle is crafted with lots of love and attention to detail. A tasting experience not to be missed!
Wine styles: Elegant red wines, crisp white wines and a great range of Sparkling white red wines
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 3186 or 0448 866 890 (mobile)
10 am - 5 pm Weekends & Public holidays, other times by appointment
41 Hickling Lane, Wyberba, (5 minutes south of Ballandean)
Third generation wine maker, Ray along with his chef brother, Jason, have joined parents Sam and Grace Costanzo at the family owned and operated James Halliday Red Star rated vineyard, winery and cellar door.
As well as Mainstream varieties, Golden Grove Estate specialises in Alternative wines made with expertise, creativity and passion. Their wines are among Australia’s best, yet remain true value for money. Join us for special and cultural events to have tastebuds tantalised by Jason’s wonderful food made with authentic Italian flair. Check the website for details.
A warm welcome always awaits along with our Italian, Spanish and French varietals at this James Halliday Red 5 Star Rated Winery.
Wine styles: Sweet whites, whites, rose, reds,dessertt, wines, fortified, StrangeBird, Alternative, Sicilian, Italian. French, Spanish.
Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat/Sun 9-5. Closed Christmas and Boxing Days, New Years Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
337 Sundown Rd Ballandean Q 4382
Granite Ridge Wines was founded in 1995 by Wine Maker: Dennis Ferguson. The first vintage came to fruition in late 1996 resulting in wines that won 1 Trophy and 2 Medals - an outstanding achievement for the fledgeling winery.
The winery has gone on to win many awards including:
* Queensland's BEST CABERNET - 2 years in succession
* Official Parliamentary Wine: Goldie's Chardonnay (the first time in history that a Queensland Wine has been awarded the distinction of this status)
Our wines continue to grow in stature and flavour. We produce a distinct range of both Dry and Sweet Wines including Red Wines, White Wines, Sparkling Wines & Fortified Wines as well as a delectable range of cream liqueurs. Pop in to our Cellar Door on Sundown Road, Ballandean to taste them or order via our website.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1263
9 am - 5 pm 7 days
157 Sundown Road, Ballandean QLD 4382
At almost 1000 metres elevation and established in 1989, Hidden Creek Vineyard, Winery, Cellar Door & Cafe is a high altitude Wine Estate located in Queensland's acclaimed Granite Belt wine region. Our estate has warm summers and bitterly cold winters.
This climate, together with the arid granite rocky soils, draws similar comparisons to high regions close to the Mediterranean. Areas such as north-eastern Spain, the inland south-west of France around Cahors and Gaillac, and the upper Rhone Valley in France, bear a great resemblance to our Granite Belt terrain. These regions have a tradition of unique characterful wines that are wonderful accompaniments to food. At Hidden Creek we have adopted the grape varieties and inspiration of these regions. The outcome of our vineyard site, climate and culture produces wines that taste unique to our region. The people of France call this “Terroir” but there may just be an Indigenous term for this concept to explain why a wine has a certain taste not just because of the variety and vineyard management but because of its place. When we find that term we will let you know!
Wine styles: Sparkling Red, sweet whites, whites, rose, sweet reds, reds, fortified.
Friday & Monday 11am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
2271, Eukey Road Ballandean QLD
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At Jester Hill Wines, we believe the enjoyment of wine is central to many of life's experiences! We are a family owned boutique winery & cellar door in the beautiful Granite Belt, with estate grown, award winning wines. Our tranquil setting & lovely meals make us popular for lunch on the weekends, and also for weddings & celebrations. Explore our world online then come and visit us soon! Become a Member and enjoy an assortment of award winning Jester Hill Wines, delivered to your door every quarter, along with a host of other great benefits, and fantastic savings.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4681 4381
Cellar Door 9-5pm every day, Cafe Friday to Monday 11am to 3pm
292 Mt Stirling Road, Glen Aplin, Qld 4381
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We are a family run boutique winery in the Granite Belt region of Queensland. As our name suggests we are specialists in red wine. All our wines are made on the premises from grapes grown on our property. Grape varieties are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat and Viognier. Chances are you will find the winemaker in the cellar door when you visit. We have a keen interest in minimising the use of chemicals and lean towards organic methods where possible.
Wine styles: Sweet reds, reds.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1322 or 0419 795 329
Friday through Sunday or by appointment. Closed Sept.
2370 Eukey Rd, Ballandean, Q 4382
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Award winning Mason Wines aims to produce top quality wines for the discerning palate. All wines are grown and produced on the Granite Belt. We have a selection of wines available for tasting and sales from the Cellar Door. Reds, whites and our luscious Old Tawny, in barrel for 7 years before bottling, just perfect to finish off that special meal. Or if you prefer a sweet and sticky wine, our Late Harvest VCV. Another perfect way to end a meal. For the connoisseur of wine our cellar collection is available for purchase from the cellar door.
Wine styles: Whites, reds, dessert wines, fortified.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:0439 530 535
Cellar Door Open Friday to Monday, 10am – 5pm
27850 New England Highway Ballandean, Q 4382
find us on facebook, mason wines cellar door and cafe/deli
Pyramids Road Wines is located at the southern end of the Granite Belt. The vineyard sits at an altitude of 780 m and the granite soils combined with this elevation produce wines of medium body and elegant structure, fine tannins and fruit driven styles. All the wines here are made on site and the focus is on quality in both the vineyard and winery.
Winemaker, Warren Smith also tends the vines and the whole production process. The red wines are hand plunged in small open one tonne fermenters before gentle basket pressing. Having completed his degree at Charles Sturt University, Warren and Suzanne established Pyramids Road Wines in 1999.
Average production is only four to six barrels per variety. They are always aspiring to maintain and further develop a reputation for service and quality.
Wine styles: Strangebirds, whites, rose,reds,dessertt, wines, fortified.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 5151
Daily 10:00am to 4:30pm
25 Wyberba Lane, Wyberba Qld 4382
Ridgemill estate is a boutique winery located near Stanthorpe in the heart of the Granite Belt – Queensland’s premium wine growing region. Located just 2 ½ hours from Brisbane and only a 10-minute drive from the township of Stanthorpe, Ridgemill Estate is an ideal location for a weekend away. Fill your days with the freshest local produce, beautiful scenery, gourmet delights and a diverse range of award-winning wines.
Wine styles: Sparkling’s, sweet whites, whites, rose, reds, fortified and Amphora wines
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 5211
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm and Monday 10am to 3pm
218 Donges Rd Severnlea
Severnlea Wineries, Wine, Granite Belt, Stanthorpe
“Mr Channon, king of verdelho? I think so.” Tony Keys 2017
”Robert Channon has long been a master of the dark arts of verdelho” James Halliday 2016
“Robert Channon Wines, arguably Australia’s foremost producer of Verdelho” James Halliday 2009
Best known for its much awarded Verdelho, Robert Channon was the first winery in Queensland to receive 5 stars from James Halliday. Their vineyards and winery have consistently produced gold medal and trophy winning wines every year since 2001. Their wines were served to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Brisbane. At an altitude of nearly 950 metres, the winery and Café have stunning views over the Singing Lake. Enjoy the regular classical and jazz concerts held in the winery’s Swigmore Hall. Drink in the view as you enjoy lunches, coffees and cakes in the Singing Lake Café. The winery is family friendly, dog friendly and in fact all round friendly and delighted to welcome guests for wine, food and music.
Wine styles: Sparkling, sweet whites, whites, rose, sweet reds, reds, dessert wines, fortified. Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 3260
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 11-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm.
32 Bradley Lane, Amiens Qld 4380
The Singing Lake Café, overlooking Singing Lake, serves delicious lunches, coffees and cakes.
Craig Robinson is the 3rd son of the five children of John and Heather Robinson and is the winemaker for Robinsons Family Vineyards. From an early age the children were always helping with the winemaking at Robinsons. From vineyard work to bottling they were involved (or in the way). It was from these beginnings that Craig eventually came round to liking the type of challenges that winemaking provided.
He is relishing the opportunity to evolve the style of Robinson Family Vineyards wines into something individual and of unique quality where structure and flavour and individuality are sought. Utilizing the techniques and experience he has used all over the world under great winemakers like Ross Pamment, Steven Pannell, Paul Lapsley, Tom Newton, Kym Milne, Travis Bush, Michael Langridge ,Caroline Herrera and Francisco Baettig Hidalgo.
Wine styles: Whites, reds and fortified.
12-5pm Saturday and Sunday other times by appointment
151 Curtin Road Lyra Ballandean 4382
Innovative, accessible, tribal, fearless... Rumbalara estate wines was established in 1974 and has been making quality wines ever since. Enjoy informative wine tastings at our cellar door, an african wares gift shop as well as other tempting treats. Rumbalara extends the hand of friendship and fortitude to wine drinkers of all ages and nationalities. Groups and tours welcome!
Wine styles: whites, reds, fortified, rose, alternate varietals
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1206
10 am – 5 pm (closed Mondays except school and public holidays )
137 Fletcher Rd, Fletcher, Ballandean
African, Big 5 wines.
A visit to Savina Lane is a premium wine experience – a tasting trip through some of the Granite Belt’s finest alternative variety single vineyard wines. Try Fiano, Viognier, Tempranillo and Graciano or the superb cool climate Shiraz. Future releases will be Montepulciano and Petit Manseng.
Wander through one of the region’s loveliest vineyards or relax in a leather armchair in front of a log fire in the beautiful cellar door. Sit on the terrace and take in the glorious views. Or just grab a barstool and enjoy a chat with Savina Lane’s owners - two passionate vignerons who will offer you a taste of their medal-winning wines while telling you all about the variety’s origins and tempting your palate with suggestions for ideal food and wine pairings.
In the retail boutique you will discover some exceptional winter wear made from possum fur, merino wool and silk, as well as a range of prestige wine accessories and giftware.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 5258 or 0419 723 755
10am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday from June until Sold Out. Open other times by appointment
61 Savina Lane, Severnlea (off Back Creek Rd)
Our story begun when Terry Morris, Queensland entrepreneur and businessman, was in Victoria attending a dinner party with friends. Terry mentioned that he had tried a great wine from Queensland’s Granite Belt to which his Victorian friends laughed and said “There’s no such thing as a great wine from Queensland.” This was the spark that Terry needed to create his vision for Sirromet.
Terry chose land in the Granite Belt Region renowned for its unique combination of rich soil, high altitude and cool climate, providing the perfect location for growing grapes. Sirromet Winery is located at picturesque Mount Cotton, just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Sirromet’s state of the art facilities offers food and wine lovers the ultimate winery experience. Utilising traditional methods and new technology, Sirromet produce exquisite quality Granite Belt wines recognised on the world stage and are proud to have collected over 860 prestigious national and international wine awards to date.
Wine styles: Sparkling’s, whites, rose,reds,dessertt, wines, fortified.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 3206 2999
Cellar Door Open 7 days, 9am – 4:30pm
850-938 Mt Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton Q 4165
Summit Estate Wines, located in northern Stanthorpe on Queensland's Granite Belt, was established in 1997 by a group of people with a common love for wine. Summit Estate Wines offer award winning wines of elegance and complexity. Our vineyard is planted to mainstream and alternative cultivars, with an emphasis on aromatic Mediterranean & European varieties. Summit Estate is also actively focusing on the highly successful Strange Bird experience that is similarly offered by many Stanthorpe wineries. We encourage our customers to visit us at our cellar door or visit us at a variety of Queensland shows.
Our sit down wine tastings are renowned on the Granite Belt, placing us apart from other Granite Belt wineries. Our wine education sessions in the Aroma Room provide customers with a personalised winery experience and an opportunity to identify the aromas and flavours that are found in our wine.
We cater for individuals and large groups and our friendly staff will ensure that you have a wine tasting experience that will stay with you long after you've left our vineyard!
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 2011
Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm
291 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah Qld 4377
Symphony Hill Wines has been rated 5 stars by Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday, from 2013 to 2015. 58 different wines have been rated 4.5 stars or more for last 8 years. In his 2015 Wine Companion, James Halliday has rated 6 of our wines 5 stars with our flagship Reserve Shiraz scoring an amazing 96 points. This score is just one point behind Penfolds Grange.
Our Reserve Petit Verdot was awarded trophy at the prestigious Canberra Winewise awards where the best of the best wines from all the major shows are judged to see who comes out on top. Symphony Hill Wines is now listed next to the other major trophy winners like Yalumba, Rosemount and Heggies.
Awarded Most Successful QLD Exhibitor Trophy at 2016 Royal QLD Wine Show. It's the sixth time in the last seven years we've won that trophy. Our Gewurztraminer and Petit Verdot were again awarded gold medals and nominated for several trophies with the Petit Verdot also awarded Best Qld Wine Trophy.
Wine styles: Sparkling’s, sweet whites, whites, sweet reds, reds
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1388
7 days 10am to 4pm
2017 Eukey Road, Ballandean QLD 4382
At Tobin Wines, we talk about growing the wine rather than making the wine.
Our philosophy is based on the fact that superb fruit quality makes for outstanding wine. Therefore, we have minimal interference in the wine-making process. Production is limited to between 100 to 160 cases of each varietal every year. We have great belief in the French concept of 'terroir'. This, as the French say, is a 'sense of place where the grapes grow'. That sense of place is the micro-climate in the vineyard, or even within a patch of grapes.
Tobin Wines took great pains to select a site for our vineyard with a north facing slope and granitic free draining soils in Ballandean – the heart of the Granite Belt.
Our Limited Edition wines reflect that 'sense of place', and this makes them truly unique.
Wine Styles: All dry wines... whites, rose and reds.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4684 1235
10am-5pm Friday to Monday incl., Tuesday to Thursday by appointment only. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day & Anzac day till 1pm
34 Ricca Road, Ballandean Qld 4382
At Twisted Gum Wines we craft small quantities of premium quality single vineyard wines from our hand-tended dry grown Granite Belt vineyard.
Stylish cellar door, located in a classic 1920's Queenslander with wrap-around verandahs on three sides, with views to the vineyards and hills beyond. Come experience our full flavoured crisp white wines, our hugely popular Pink Moscato and our signature deep inky-purple red wines.
In The vineyard we focus on the production of premium quality wine grapes using sustainable agricultural practices. Our vineyard is at an altitude of 900m; we have low yields (usually less than 4 tonnes per hectare). Awarded 4 stars or more in James Halliday Australian Wine Companion over the past four vintages. Come try our wines - we are confident that you will be impressed by their quality.
Wine styles: Dry whites, dry reds, sweet Pink Moscato
10am to 4pm Weekends and Public Holidays and also by appointment
2253 Eukey Rd, Ballandean, QLD 4382
Single Vineyard, Dry Grown Granite Belt Wine
Whiskey Gully Wines is in the heart of the Granite Belt set on a hill east of the New England Highway at Severnlea just 5 minutes south of Stanthorpe. The cellar door is in a colonial homestead building, Beverley, which dates back to the late 1880s. The vineyard was established in 1997 and the cool climate and granitic, well-drained soils are ideal for premium wine grape production. Current varieties include French colombard, chardonnay, malbec, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and black muscat which are used to produce elegant, fruit-driven wines with many trophies and medals awarded to them.
Become a member of our Pleasant Pluckers Wine Club which offers twice-yearly tasting packs at best possible prices delivered freight free into SEQ and other benefits including discounts on wine purchases, cottage accommodation and restaurant meal specials. And the opportunity to help hand pick the crop at harvest time as a Pleasant Plucker!
Wine styles: Sparkling, sweet whites, whites, rose, sweet red,reds,dessertt, wines.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:07 4683 5100
10 am to 5 pm Friday to Tuesday. Other times by appointment.
25 Turner Road, Severnlea Qld: 4380
Wickerman Wines is the newest Cellar Door on the Granite Belt. Situated in the Jamworks complex in Glen Aplin, a 10 minute drive south from Stanthorpe; our locally produced alternative variety wines and craft beers highlight the excellence in the region. Sip, savour and linger on the best of the Granite Belt at Wickerman Wines.
Wine styles: whites, reds, alternative varieties.
Phone:Web:Open:Email:Address:Other:0432 618 515
Friday to Tuesday 10am - 4pm
7 Townsend Road, Glen Aplin