Located at 1000 metres above sea level, Queensland’s capital of cool is only three hours drive from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Served by the New England Highway, this is the only place in Queensland that offers four distinctive seasons. This premier wine producing area also experiences unique growing and ripening conditions, unlike elsewhere in Australia. The combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils produces outstanding wines and a very diverse range of food. Wine production in and around Stanthorpe represents more than 60% of all Queensland production and the region is home to almost 50 winery cellar doors. The southern and eastern border of the Granite Belt region is formed by the QLD/NSW border; to the North it stretches to Dalveen (south of Warwick) and west it encompasses the superfine Traprock wool country. Stanthorpe is the heart of the Granite Belt offering a range of diverse wine food experiences, pamper products, boutique accommodation and access to some magnificent national parks, including Girraween and Sundown. There are a number of self drive trails, or you can reserve your place on a professionally guided tour. Winter’s frosty Brass Monkey Season is the peak tourist time, followed by Primavera – the spring season of events including the Australian Small Winemakers Show. Summer offers cool mountain temperatures and a feast of fresh produce and in the autumn the glorious colours of the changing season provide a visual treat.
Andelas Estate was established in the 1930′s and grows Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot, and Tempranillo.
Banca Ridge is located in the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and provides a rich and varied training experience for budding viticulturists, winemakers and tourism specialists. Currently growing Marsanne, Merlot, Semillon, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
Ballandean Estate Wines began in the 1930′s and produce a wide range of award winning wine varietals such as Fiano, Sylvaner, Durif, Nebbiolo, Viognier, Malbec, Jaquez, Sapervi, Shiraz, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Bent Road Winery - operating since 2005, Bent Road are very passionate about the Granite Belt Terroir. They produce Semillon….
Bungawarra Wines - producing wine since the 1930′s, they specialise in single variety wines from Shiraz, Chardonnay, Traminer, and Semillon grapes.
Girraween Wines – originally known as Bald Mountain Wines, Girraween Wines have been producing wines for over 30 years. They are currently producing Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc varieties and blends.
Golden Grove Estate – growing grapes since the late 1940′s and producing wines since the 1980′s, the Costanza family produce traditional varieties such as Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Black & White Muscat. They also champion alternate wine varieties and produce Barbera, Tempranillo, Mouverdre, Durif, Malbec, Vermentino, and Nero D’Avola
Harrington Glen – First planted in 1997, Harrington Glen Estate’s cellar door opened in 2004. Grapes grown for the estate produced wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Verdelho, Voignier, and White Muscat
Hidden Creek Winery – an established vineyard and winery at the Ballandean end of the Granite Belt, they produce many wine varietals and are firm champions of the alternative varieties. These include Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc as well as the more traditional varieties such as Shiraz, Verdelho, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
Jester Hill Wines – established in 1993, Jester Hill produce estate grown Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and recent addition Roussane.
Just Red Wines – specialising in red wines and producing Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannant, and some Viognier for blending.
Lucas Estate – operating for over a decade, growing and producing Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Muscat, and Verdelho
Monticello Wines - Growing Mourvedre, Sangiovese, and Verdelho
Pyramid Road Wines – Named after ‘The Pyramids’ granite outcrops in Girraween National Park and handcrafting wines from Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Verdelho, and Chardonnay
Ravenscroft Wines – one of the highest altitude cellar doors on the Granite Belt and established in 2009. Ravenscoft Wines grow and produce Verdelho, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Gewurtztraminer.
Ridgemill Estate – initially established in 1998 growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Merlot, then expanding into varieties that the Granite Belt is becoming known for – Tempranillo, Sapervari, Verdelho, and Viognier
Robert Channon Wines – First planted in 1998, a last minute shipping error found the Channon’s planting Verdelho instead of Chardonnay as originally planned. This is now their signature wine and they also produce Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Sabrina River Wines - Producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from 20 year old vines, they now also produce Tempranillo and Viognier wines
Savina Lane Wines - Opening their cellar door in 2015, Savina Lane have vines ranging from 40 year old Shiraz to newer plantings of Fiano, Viognier, Tempranillo, and Graciano
Summit Estate – Established in 1997 by a group of families, Summit Estate produce a large variety of wines with European influences – Tempranillo, Malbec, Monastrelli, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Verdelho, Marsanne, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat
Symphony Hill Wines – Famous for the first Queensland wine to receive a gold medal at the Royal Sydney Show, Symphony Hill also has a wide range of award winning wine varieties – Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, and Shiraz
Tobin Wines - Established for more than a decade and concentrating on limited production vintages, you can find wines made from Semillon, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes
Twisted Gum Wines – Using dry grown viticulture (no irrigation), the grape varieties grown are Verdelho, Semillon, Chardonnay, Black Muscat, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Whiskey Gully Wines - Established as a vineyard in 1997, the property and house has a settlers history back to the 1870′s. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Colombard are the grape varieties grown