Queensland’s wine industry is one of the State’s best keep secrets. The history of the industry dates back to the 1860′s and like all good wines it has developed with age.
The Queensland wine industry has grown significantly over the years to cover approximately 1500 hectares throughout the State. The majority of this growth has occurred during the past 7 years with significant plantings throughout the southeast corner of the State.
In the early days, regions all over Queensland – from Mount Ommaney on Brisbane’s outskirts through to Ipswich, Toowoomba and Roma in the west and the Granite Belt in the south – produced vast amounts of grapes. Of the wines produced, most were sold locally. The State’s oldest winery, Romavilla, also supplied several overseas markets last century and won awards for its wines.
Changes in the national domestic market in the 1930′s saw Queensland’s wine industry become less important – until the late 60′s when Ballandean Estate was established in what is now the State’s best known wine growing region, the Granite Belt. The Granite Belt, with altitudes of 700 to 1250 metres above sea level, has a similar temperature range to central Victoria and can produce snow in Queensland.