Top Shelf Indulgences for Couples in Granite Belt Wine Country
When the most exclusive and unforgettable indulges are called for… here are the places you need to know about in Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt wine region, Southern Queensland.
Pictured: Azjure Studio Retreat
Azjure – Australia’s Most Highly Awarded Couples Accommodation
Queensland Tourism Awards – Winner & Hall of Fame, Deluxe Accommodation
QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards – Silver, Deluxe Accommodation
Providing exquisite tranquility for a select few, Azjure, Australia’s most highly awarded couples accommodation was custom-built just for couples. Nestled on 100 beautiful acres with panoramic views, this world class property provides a wonderful natural experience that engages all the senses. Superbly designed accommodation, beautiful gardens, vineyard views and surrounded by Ballandean wineries. …More about Azjure Studio Retreat
Exclusive Savina Lane Wines
Sink into leather lounges, sipping stunning rare variety wines and look out over the vast vineyard views below at the ‘oh so suave’ Savina Lane Wines. This spot is quintessential Granite Belt wine indulgence and for most of the year the experience is afforded only to the wineries’ ‘Inner Circle’ members. However, by appointment the Savina Lane premium wine experience is currently available by visitors by appointment for two exclusive tours: Encounters for Curious Wine Lovers.
Private Wine Tours
Wine Discovery Tours provides a guided wine tour experience for those seeking a personalised couples or small group luxury travel option. Tours typically include lunch at Varias Restaurant, though all aspects of your tour are able to be tailored to your whims, delivering on both a wine and foodie wine region indulgence of your choice. Be chauffeured in the luxury of a class leading Volkswagen Multi Van with spacious interior. …More about Wine Discover Tours
Filippo’s Tours also offer an exceptional wine tasting experience for those who want a private, intimate tour of Stanthorpe’s boutique wineries. Visit wineries and places of your choice, dine at Varias restaurant, or any restaurant of your choice. The tour itinerary is your choice! …More about Filippo’s Private Tours
Pictured: Wine Discovery Tours
Alure – Australia’s Most Luxurious Glamping
Nothing is left undone at Alure Stanthorpe. Experience the indulgences of exclusive, self-catering boutique villas and a glamping accommodation experience in luxury safari style tent – an incomparable, first class option. One villa is also available for ‘pet-friendly’ stays, where the luxury is extended to your fur baby too, with a doggie robe to match your own! It’s beyond imagining what has been achieved here to delivering Australia’s most luxurious glamping tent.
Indulgent add ons available for your stay include: Ultimate Romantic Room Decoration; Romantic Table & Fire Decoration; Touch of Romance Bed Decoration or Memorable Birthday / Celebration Package.
Pictured: Glamping at Alure
A luxurious and intimate experience exclusively for couples. A stay at Alpine Lodges envelops you in a cocoon, with pampered attention to detail. Luxury soft linens on king beds and soft lighting, a generous bathroom, heated towels, soft robes and slippers will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
This stunning property is nestled on 42 acres of beautiful granite bushland and rolling pastures with spectacular views that you have access to you when you take advantage of the private outdoor spaces.
The Queensland College of Wine Tourism’s Varias Restaurant has won the Best Restaurant in a Winery Category in the Queensland and Northern Territory Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Caterers HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The Award Winning Varias Restaurant, together with the Banca Ridge Vineyard and Cellar Door, is open to the public for lunch from 11am to 2pm, 7 days a week and dinner from 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. …More about Varias and view menus
Symphony Hill Wines
Treat yourself to a ‘Business Class’ experience at Symphony Hill Wines. Hosts Marty, Ewen and winemaker Abraham offer an indulgent wine tasting at this Ballandean cellar door, where you may taste all three of the Symphony Hill Wines which are presently being served on Qantas Business Class flights.
- 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (rated 5 stars James Halliday)
- 2016 Reserve Nero d’Avola
- 2018 Gewurztraminer (GOLD 2018 Australian Small Vigneron Awards)
The Granite Belt’s Truffle Discovery Centre unearths all about the rare and highly valuable French Black Perigord Truffle with talks, information, products and tastings, gourmet product range and interactive exhibits.
View the newly planted Truffiere and taste truffle products. Indulge at the interactive gallery – see, smell, taste truffle products. Gourmet food tastings sourced from local, regional and global produce including truffle infused oils, honey, salts, mustard, mayo, aioli, salsas and balasamics.
…More about the Truffle Discovery Centre located onsite at Lawdogs Australia
Ridgemill Estate – Deluxe Vineyard Cabins
Silver Deluxe Accommodation Category of Queensland Tourism Awards 2019
Wake up and throw back the curtains to see the vineyard views from in your luxurious bed… Ridgemill Estate delivers a double helping of indulgence, with it’s stylish cellar door serving award winning wines and award winning deluxe cabins in the vineyard. …More about Ridgemill Estate Cabins in the Vineyard
The Barrelroom at Ballandean Estate
Husband and wife Chefs Matt and Bobbi Wells aptly bring an Italian-Australian dining experience to Ballandean Estate Wines – Queensland’s oldest operating winery. They describe themselves as casual fine dining restaurant offering an eclectic modern Italian-Australian menu showcasing local produce.
Settle in for a mouth-watering meal surrounded by the oaky gurgle of 150-year-old port barrels. Opening hours are lunches Thursday to Monday AND dinners Friday and Saturday. See the current menu
St Jude’s Bistro & Cellar Door
Breakfast, lunch, dinner… the new go to spot is trendy St Jude’s Bistro & Cellar Door in Ballandean. Experienced Chef-owner Robert Davidson delivers an exceptional menu and an atmospheric surrounds. The cellar door tastings onsite are for none other than Sirromet Wines – a satellite cellar door right in the Granite Belt where Sirromet’s grapes are grown. In fact Sirromet’s St Jude’s Vineyard is right across the road.
Essen is new on the scene in Stanthorpe, an intimate restaurant experience with a whole lot of authenticity. Food and travel expert Eat Drink & Be Kerry recently wrote about their Essen dining experience…
“Essen is one of the new places to eat while you are in Granite Belt Wine Country. Run by a family team of Clarissa, Stu and Claudia, Essen Restaurant serves home-style cooking made with love along with the sort of Stanthorpe food that will excite your palate.
You’ll eat dumplings made to grandma’s recipe, authentic pork schnitzel with the most delicious potato salad and apple strudel that will bring joy to an Austrian’s heart. The produce is straight from the Granite Belt to you, drawing from the best growers and artisans.
The restaurant is located in a cute cottage which has a beautiful garden at the rear. It’s open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and bookings are strongly recommended.”
This was an extract from the Ultimate Granite Belt Food Lovers Guide.
Let Wine Discovery Tours be your designated driver. They offer a return tourist transfer service from your accommodation to any restaurant, tourist attraction or tourist service. …More about VIP Transfers
More to LOVE on the Granite Belt
Whiskey Gully Wines’ Saturday evening degustation dinners are incredible and must be pre-booked.
Heritage Estate Wines are an indulgence for lovers of wine and antiques (sit at a priceless treasure, the original founding Queensland Parliament Table)
If having a whole sprawling Queenslander House, complete with wide wrap around verandah all to yourself is your style of luxury, indulge on the privacy of acreage that borders Girraween National Park at Loughmore House.
Diamondvale Cottages & Lodge offer luxury heritage cottages on a tranquil creekside property and a grand for groups of couples staying together (pictured below)
Pictured: Diamondvale’s Lodge