The Granite Belt in Grape Harvest Season
When is Grape Harvest Season around Stanthorpe/Ballandean?
February, March and April
Timing varies season to season, but generally grape harvest kicks off on the Granite Belt in mid February. By the end of February most wineries are harvesting white grape varieties.
March is an ideal month to visit for all the grape harvest action, with lots of crushing and fermentation happening in the wineries. Plenty of harvesting continues through April too. During May typically only a few of the latest ripening red grape varieties are still being harvested.
Be a Winemaker for the Weekend
Spend a weekend in Stanthorpe making your very own wine, getting hands on for the entire process: hand picking the grapes, crushing and pressing, preparation, fermentation and the inoculation of the juice.
The ‘Winemaker for a Weekend’ program is run by the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and is available for anyone to book and join in, but spaces are limited, so do book as early as possible. The two weekends in 2021 are: 20-21 February and 27-28 March.
There is much more to the experience, including delightful lunches and incredible banquet style evening meal with matching wines. …FIND OUT MORE
Wake up the Vineyard
Reserve a front row seat to grape harvest season by booking accommodation with vineyard views. We’ve hunted around for you and found some top spots to wake up in the vineyard this harvest season (February, March, April). Find out about Granite Belt accommodation spots in the vineyard.
Small Winery = Big Win for Winery Visitors
When choosing a winery to visit, size does matter …and not in the way you might think! On a visit to the smallest wineries you’ll find more often than not the person pouring your glass is the owner, vigneron or even the winemaker himself.
The Granite Belt is littered with boutique sized wineries, where you can talk direct to the people who are in the thick of the harvest action and learn what’s happening in the grape harvest. Depending on how many customers are at the cellar door, often visitors will be welcomed into the winery area or the vineyard to see what’s happening behind the scenes.
There are too many to name, but to list a few where you will meet the winemakers during your tasting:
- Casley Mount Hutton Wines
- Ravens Croft Wines
- Bungawarra Wines
- Girraween Estate
- Just Red Wines
- ….plus there are many more, search more wineries
Winemaker Grant Casley, serving at Casley Mount Hutton Wines
Mark Ravenscroft, Ravens Croft Wines
Lisa Barter and Steve Messiter, Girraween Estate
Join a Winery Day Tour
Booking on a day tour of the wineries is a great way to discover great harvest season winery experiences. Local winery tour guides are in the know with what’s happening in the local wineries and know the spots to take you to see what’s happening during vintage.
Join in on a group tour, or customise your own tour on a private small group tour… there are plenty of options. …See who is offering Winery Day Tours
Wine Discovery Tours Luxury Small Group Tour
Apple Harvest is Happening Too!
Timing a visit to the Granite Belt in February, March or April has the added bonus of being apple harvest season too. Stanthorpe is where ALL of Queensland’s apples are grown and we’ve got all the tips for experiencing the delights of Stanthorpe’s apple bounty. …What to do in Apple Harvest Season