5 Tricks for Doing Wine Country Without Breaking the Bank
Stanthorpe and Ballandean on the Granite Belt are hot destinations for escaping to a cosy cottage, vineyard villas and touring award-winning wineries. We’ve got 5 tricks to help you escape to Queensland’s Wine Country without breaking the bank…
1. Discover Summer is Cheaper!
You NEED to discover that summer = savings on the Granite Belt!
Accommodation places and some tours offer special prices (or bonus extras) in summer months. When these summer cool deals are available to book you can find them here here.
Summer is a time to enjoy cool summer nights and low humidity days in the high country. February is the time to see apple harvest kick off and the first of grape harvest too. With less crowds over summer, it’s an ideal time for visiting cellar doors and chatting to the winemakers.
2. The $10 Food & Wine Tour
You can’t go past the $10 Tour, Wine Tasting & Cooking Demo at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism for a top value food and wine tour experience!
Tours run at this impressive education facility in Stanthorpe 10.30am Thursday to Sunday. Includes a guided tour of the facility and a cooking demonstration in the new display kitchen, with a chef or apprentice chef, complete with a delicious tasting of the finished product at the end! The final part of the tour is a wine tasting, in the purpose built ‘Tastes of the Granite Belt’ room, where wines are tasted from a large selection of Granite Belt wineries.
Cost: $10. Bookings aren’t essential, but are advised.
Ph: 07 4685 5050
3. Bring Friends to Save Big on Accommodation
Saving on accommodation can be as easy (and fun) as bringing your friends with you!
Make it a girls weekend, or bring a few couples with you and you could save stacks on accommodation.
We’ve found you a few amazing group options…
JAMES FARMHOUSE is a large character filled farmhouse in Ballandean.
James Farmhouse sleeps up to 14 people, so do the maths and pay less staying as a big group.
More about James Farmhouse. View rates.
4. The Top Value Ticket to Grazing the Granite Belt
The maths adds up to top value for the hot ticket event on the Granite Belt… Grazing the Granite Belt
Hosted by local chefs and winemakers, spend two days lazily grazing your way across the tastes of the Granite Belt. This is a showcase food and wine event that literally spans the Granite Belt wine region. Food and wine spots in Stanthorpe, Ballandean and surrounds will serve award-winning wines and dozens of gourmet food dishes, selected especially for this limited ticket event.
Add it up, this is great value…
A $140 event ticket purchase entitles the holder to redeem:
4 x Food Vouchers
4 x Wine Vouchers
1 x Sunday Breakfast with the Winemakers Ticket
Unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off bus on Saturday.
Spend Saturday on the hop on hop off bus visiting the participating venues and enjoying the wines on offer, as well as indulging in the wonderful meals prepared with local ingredients by our food artisans.
On Sunday, join us for Breakfast with the Winemakers before venturing out on your own to use up any vouchers you have left at the participating venues.
Grazing events are held in Autumn and Spring. Stay in the loop for event announcements by joining the Facebook Group
5. Save BIG TIME with a Mid-week Stay
Pretty much every accommodation place on the Granite Belt offers great mid-week prices. There’s BIG savings on accommodation mid-week, so if you steal away to wine country Monday to Thursday you’ll be winning!