Let’s be honest, Queensland is not the best known state for its wine. There’s the beautiful Margaret River in Western Australia, Hunter Valley in New South Wales and of course the Barossa Valley. But don’t be too quick to write Queensland off for a good vino. We’ve rounded up some great options for the next time you get a hankering for a top-notch wine tour.
Harrington Glen Wines
If you’re keen to have a tipple or two too many to drive, then this is the winery for you – stay for the weekend in their train carriage en-suite bedrooms. Not only does Harrington Glen do award-winning reds and whites but they also offer a brilliant selection of dessert wines to end your evening.
Set in the heart of the Granite Belt region, Ballandean Estate’s wine range Strange Bird includes dry whites and premium reds that won’t disappoint.
If tours are your thing then book one in, or alternatively get a taste of the wine at the on-site restaurant, which has been awarded a chef’s hat.
Ocean View Estates
This one is handy for Brisbane dwellers, as it’s located at the beautiful Mt. Mee, less than an hour’s drive from the city. If you’re a Brisbane foodie you’ll know their onsite restaurant menu has been created by the ex-head chef of renowned Brett’s Wharf and Tank Restaurant, and packs a punch. The wine has won awards of its own, and has recently even added a craft brewery to the mix, if beer is more your thing.
Another Granite Belt winner, Symphony Hill is worth its weight in awards (and it has plenty to show for itself!) You can’t visit the winery without tasting their signature red, which was even served to Wills and Kate when they visited in 2014.
Located on the beautiful Mount Tamborine, Witches Falls winery is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Head wine maker Jon Heslop is extremely experienced in the industry, having worked in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys in Australia, as well as internationally in Burgundy, France and the Napa Valley, USA. You have to try their popular wild ferment Chardonnay.