Come and enjoy a tasting at our beautiful cellar door by the lakeside in the Ballandean area of Granite Belt Wine Country.

Our knowledgeable cellar door staff will guide you through an appreciation of Hidden Creek wines ranging from elegant whites to serious reds to emerging varieties (called Strangebirds).

We are open 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for tastings.

Our Winery Cafe is open for lunch both days from 11.30am – 2.30pm. We also offer picnic hampers to enjoy among the vines.

We are dog friendly so feel free to bring along your furry friend!

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. We look forward to welcoming you at Hidden Creek Winery and Cafe soon!

 

Hidden Creek is situated in the beautiful rugged high altitude hills of Queensland’s Granite Belt at over 900 metres above sea level which is unique in Queensland.

The Granite Belt 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!

Our “Top” block is planted out to mostly Shiraz with a small section of Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery block is planted to Shiraz and the Eukey Road block is planted to Tempranillo and Viognier.

Q What types of Wine do you make?

Award-winning Winemaker Andy Williams has been making wine on the Granite Belt since 2008 & typically makes the following styles under the Hidden Creek label - 'Strange Birds' Verdelho, Viognier & Tempranillo, and Chardonnay, Rose, Shiraz, Moscato, Sparkling Red, Rare Tawny & Liqueur Muscat, predominantly from estate or locally-sourced grapes native to the South of France & North of Spain.

Due to 3 years of drought, Hidden Creek only managed to harvest 750kg of fruit from our 6 acres of vines in 2020 &, thanks to bushfires & the risk of smoke taint close to harvest, a total of 400 bottles of Rose was the result of all our vineyard labours. Unfortunately the local growers on whom we rely for about 70% of our crush were in the same boat so, for the first time in history, we were forced to source wine grapes from outside of the Granite Belt region for vintage 2020.

They say from adversity springs opportunity and, as a result of opening our eyes to the broader Australian grape growing community, we were able to source some pretty amazing fruit to add to our exciting stable of alternative 'Stange Bird' varieties. Due for release in 2021 under the Hidden Creek label will be reds of Spanish/Portuguese origin, Prieto Percudo & Mencia.

Andy also makes exceptionally high quality small batch wines, exclusively available to Cellar Door visitors and Wine Club members under his signature, 'Unsung Hero' label from Spanish, French, Portuguese & Italian 'Strange Bird' varietals such as Ansonica, Aglianico, Touriga, Fiano, Nouvello La Grein & La Grein - these wines will also be released for sale to the public during 2021.

Q Our Food and Cafe

The Hidden Creek Winery Café is open Saturdays & Sundays from 11.30am - 2.30pm. Reservations are ESSENTIAL as we often fill up quickly. We offer casual dining on the enclosed terrace, picnic baskets or alfresco dining (under the trees) overlooking the lake and vineyard.

During Summer our Menu is limited to Gourmet platters, picnic baskets and salads.

The Cafe is dog-friendly (outdoors only) with well-behaved pooches on leads always welcome - just let us know.

The cafe can cater for larger groups and functions. Our cafe manager would be pleased to provide a quote for your group and for small weddings.

Q Our Cellar Door

Oue Cellar Door is open from 10am-11.30am & 2.30pm-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are ESSENTIAL. We invite guests to engage in seated wine flight experiences of 3-5 wines with matching food accompaniments when visiting our Cellar Door. Wine flights are priced at $10 & $15 and multiple flights can be purchased if you would like to sample more of our wines..

As we are exceptionally small producers, our range of wines varies but typically includes some alternative varieites such as Tempranillo, Verdelho or Viognier which we call our “Strangebirds”.

Our cellar door features silky-oak panelling and ornate leadlights originating from the old Ipswich Baptist church, and during winter our blazing fireplace will keep you warm.

Q Do we have onsite Couples Accommodation?

Yes, we do! The Winemaker’s Cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway for two. Sit by the fire or watch tv in the lounge area. There is a modern kitchen including all utensils to entertain and bathroom with linen and toiletries. Enjoy the outside on the covered timber deck and take in the tranquility of the natural bush-land setting. Take a walk around the granite boulders & vineyard and experience all that is the Granite Belt. Please note that there is only one queen sized bed and the Cottage is not suitable for children.

At almost 1000 metres elevation, the air seems fresher, the sky more blue. Discover a landscape of dramatic beauty and diversity with four distinct seasons – log fires (and occasional snow) in winter and cool summer nights where you can escape the swelter of the coast. Explore our unique National Parks where giant granite formations emerge from thick forests. There are Wines to taste and Food to enjoy at our Cafe and cellar Door. There are Trails to walk or large outcrops of granite to climb. We will do our utmost to make your visit satisfying and memorable.

The tariff for stays at the Winemakers Cottage is $185 per night for a minimum stay of 2 nights. Longer & midweek stays are available at a reduced rate - please call or email us for more information.

Included in the tariff is a a complimentary bottle of one of our award winning wines on your arrival. Also included are continental breakfast provisions containing bread, a selection of cereals/porridge, juice, milk, butter & margarine, jam, honey & homemade marmalade.

In case you want to self-cater, make a coffee, crack open a bottle of wine, or store some nibbles for later, your cottage has a full sized small fridge-freezer, gas BBQ, microwave oven, full sized oven & gas cooktop, a table for two, toaster, Delonghi Dolce Gusto coffee machine with pods, tea making facilities, crockery and cutlery, and all the utensils and kitchen facilities you might need to dine in.

Provisions for a COOKED BREAKFAST can be provided with at least 24 hours notice and at additional cost. EVENING MEALS can be provided from the Cafe for you to reheat/cook in the cottage with at least 24 hours notice and at additional cost.

When the weather gets cold, enjoy the fire place with split wood provided.

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