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Visiting the Granite Belt information: www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au
Queensland Wine Information: www.queenslandwine.com.au
Granite Belt Wine Country
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Where is the Granite Belt & Getting There
Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt is located 2 hours drive from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. There are buses available, or self-drive by car or hire car. …Read More
Daily Wine Bus Tours
Visitors to the Granite Belt can book on one of the daily bus tours that visit the wineries, which can also stop at local places of interest. …Read More
Heritage Estate Wines
Therese & Robert Fenwick
Winemaker: John Handy
…more about Heritage Estate Wines
Savina Lane Wines
Brad & Cheryl Hutchings
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…more about Savina Lane Wines
Jester Hill Wines
Michael (Mick) and Ann Bourke
Winemaker: Michael Bourke
A few notes of interest:
Ann and Michael (Mick) Bourke named one of their red wines “The Two Fools” –after themselves! “The Two Fools” is a self-description of their own story – how they travelled to the Granite Belt on their motor bikes for a wine country holiday and the trip ended up in them buying a winery. They were living on the coast at the time and hadn’t planned to buy a winery! When Michael and Ann Bourke set off for the Granite Belt on their motorcycles in March 2010, little did they realise that 9 months later they would be the proud owners of Jester Hill Wines.
Girraween National Park
Climbed the First Pyramid to see the balancing rock and the view to the second pyramid.
Walked through the Granite Arch.
…more about Girraween National Park
Pyramids Road Wines
Sue and Warren Smith
Winemaker: Warren Smith
…more about Pyramids Road Wines
Ballandean Estate Wines
Lunch with Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi in the Barrel Room Restaurant.
Owners: Puglisi Family (Angelo & Mary Puglisi. Daughters Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi and Robyn Henderson).
Winemaker: Dylan Rhymer
A few notes of interest:
Angelo Puglisi ‘The Father of the Queensland Wine Industry’ and his wife Mary Puglisi who established together Ballandean Estate, Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated winery. Estate founder Angelo Puglisi had a vision to develop a viable and sustainable commercial wine industry in the Granite Belt region, and in 1968, he planted a block of Shiraz vines with his new wife Mary on his Ballandean farm, cementing the Puglisi winemaking future.
“Mum and Dad were real pioneers, and they dreamed of a Queensland wine industry at such a young age, at just 25 (Angelo) and 19 years (Mary) of age. Up until the Puglisi’s 1968 Shiraz planting, wine in Queensland was mainly a by-product of table grape production by a few European families who were selling the grapes to market and using the leftovers to make wine. A far cry from the wine grapes of today!
“Visionaries from the start, the Puglisis visualised opening a cellar door and being the catalyst for Queensland’s Barossa and Hunter Valley on the Granite Belt. They knew that wine tourism would follow once there was wine to sell and some more cellar doors in the region. When they opened the cellar door four years after planting the Shiraz, there were only 300 wineries in Australia—now there is over 3300!” says Robyn Puglisi-Henderson, daughter of Angelo and Mary Puglisi.
Golden Grove Estate
Owners: The Costanzo Family
Winemaker: Raymond Costanzo
…more about Golden Grove Estate
Twisted Gum Wines
Tim & Michelle Coelli
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…more about Twisted Gum Wines
Hidden Creek Vineyard & Cafe
Andy and Leanne Williams
…more about Hidden Creek Wines
The Queensland College of Wine Tourism
Tour with CEO Peter O’Reilly
Dinner at Varias Restaurant at the college.
…more about The Queensland College of Wine Tourism
…more about Varias Restaurant (note: view the menu eaten on the tour listed as the ‘Medley of Mains’ on the lunch menu.
…more about Sirromet Wines
Photos available from the visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ycr0peuwinyu85r/AACDizKizIsAvFjDUcdibOOFa?dl=0
High Altitude Wines
At an elevation of 1000 metres above sea level, wines grapes take longer to ripen on the Granite Belt, ensuring luscious, full flavours with great diversity between individual vineyards. The Granite Belt is the highest wine region in Australia and almost 900 metres higher than Bordeaux in France or the Napa Valley in the USA. Vineyards on the Granite Belt are planted at altitude 650 to 1000m.
The unique terrior with its longer growing season and deep granite soils, combined with the innovative approach of the region’s winemakers and vignerons, produces wines of elegance and complexity. Cool climate wines as individual as a fingerprint.
Granite Belt Specialty: ‘Strange Bird’ Alternate Variety Wines
The Granite Belt 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.
Enjoyed in Europe for generations, these alterative varieties are now emerging as Australian favourites due to their ability to match perfectly with our food preferences.
StrangeBird wines are available for tasting at more than 24 cellar doors on the Granite Belt. View the Strangebird Alternative Wine Trail Map.
How Winemaking Began on the Granite Belt
Wine grapes were first planted on the Granite Belt in the 1860’s by the local Catholic parish priest, Father Jerone Davadi. Later many Italian families settled in the region and grew vines to make wine for their own consumption. The children of those first pioneers studied at home and overseas, bringing with them a new enthusiasm for lesser known grape varieties. The Puglisi family of Ballandean Estate are the longest operating winery in Queensland, having planted their wine grapes in the 1960’s and patriarch Angelo Puglisi is since widely heralded as the ‘Father of the Queensland Wine Industry’.
The Granite Belt – Known for Apples and Stone Fruit
The Granite Belt is a wonderful place to grow wine grapes, apples, strawberries and all kids of stone fruit and vegetables. There are more apples grown on the Granite Belt than anywhere else in Australia. Varieties grown on the Granite Belt: Royal Gala, Golden Del, Red Dels, Fuji, Pink Ladies, Grannys, Sundowners, Jazz and Jonathons.
Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival – held every 2 years in March (next one 28 Feb to 8 March 2020)
Grazing the Granite Belt, across the Granite Belt – held annually in May (announced! a special Spring Grazing the Granite Belt to be held 9 – 10 November 2020)
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Festival, Stanthorpe – held annually in July, every 2 years (next one 2021)
Australian Small Winemakers Show, Stanthorpe – annually in October