The Scenic Rim wine growing area lies in the eroded interior of an ancient shield volcano. The northern end at Marburg is on the edge of the fertile Lockyer Valley, with other vineyards scattered through Purga, Harrisville, Boonah, Mt Alford and finishing in the rugged valleys of the Southern Border Ranges around Mt Barney.
Grapevines were planted at Purga as early as the 1870’s, with wine being exported to the UK and Europe where they won numerous gold medals. The industry then went into decline until its resurgence in 1984 with the planting of Ironbark Ridge. Since then another dozen or so vineyards have been planted, all boutique in size and unique in character. Being so close to Brisbane but removed from the coastal humidity and rainfall, the Scenic Rim wine region is in a great position to develop a thriving wine tourism market.
Early settlers to Brisbane planted grapes and had thriving vineyards in Mitchelton, Toombul and Nudgee. In 1887 Brisbane had 350 acres of vineyards producing 24,591 gallons of wine and 361,464 pounds of table grapes (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2006/04/28/1620108.htm). Now the only commercial vineyard operating is in the Redland Bay region.
Ironbark Ridge Winery – the oldest established vineyard in the Scenic Rim, with plantings of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache, Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. New plantings of Nebbioli, Verdelho and Dolcetto.
Normanby Wines – growing Verdelho, Viognier, Chambourcin, Durif, Shiraz, Grenache, and Merlot.
The Overflow 1895 – the newest established vineyard, producing Vermentino, Fiano,Tempranillo, and Montepulciano in keeping with a climate similar to the northern mediterranean regions.
Sirromet Wines – opening in 2000, Sirromet is one of the largest wine producers in Queensland. Grapes are grown in Redlands (Mt Cotton) and the Granite Belt with a wide selection of varieties grown: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, and Verdelho