From the amateur to the connoisseur, this sought after wine region is sure to impress

There are plenty of family owned and boutique wineries offering their own twist on the region’s wines and emerging wine varieties.

Here the soils produce outstanding example of Shiraz, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and while wines including some excellent Rieslings, and Ligonier.  The wine making experience may be shared up close and personal at several cellar doors.

For lovers of sparkling wine we recommend Girraween Estate.

Take a behind the scenes tour to meet the winemakers and taste their wares, or just turn up and sample the wine at friendly cellar doors. Ballandean Estate offers three winery tours daily for visitors at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The tour includes a vineyard walk, then a production and barrel room tour, finishing at the cellar door and is available to all-comers. Tours are free, no booking required – simply arrive just before the start time.

Summit Estate Wines also offers winery tours as well as wine and cheese matching.  They also have some wonderful winter experiences including their Winter Solstice event where you can enjoy tasting in front of the warm glow of a bon fire.

bon fire

Winter Solstice

Photos courtesy of Summit Estate Wines.

Wondering which wines you should look out for?

These are James Halliday’s 2014 Wine Companion – rated 5 and 4 stars – outstanding

  • Golden Grove Estate Mourvedre 2011 95 points
  • Golden Grove Estate Durif 2011 95 points
  • Golden Grove Estate Vermentino 2012 94 points
  • Golden Grove Estate Malbec 2011 94 points
  • Golden Grove Estate Tempranillo 2011 94 points
  • Symphony Hill Wines Gewurztraminer 2012 94 points
  • Ballandean Estate
  • Harrington Glen Estate
  • Ravens Croft Wines
  • Ridgemill Estate
  • Tobin Wines
  • Twisted Gum Vineyards

There are many other award winning vineyards, create your own wine discovery tour here:

Breweries & Distilleries

Granite Belt Brewery & Restaurant, located just outside Stanthorpe township, is a wonderful visitor experience. Try a tasting paddle, come along to one of their beer degustation dinners, or relax out near the lake and play boules on the first Friday of every month at their Beer & Bratwurst afternoons.

More interested in liquers, spirits & beers? Head to Castle Glen, and sample their fare in a wonderful castle building. All Castle Glen Products are 100% Produced and Manufactured in Queensland on the Granite Belt. All our Stanthorpe Liqueurs, Stanthorpe Wines and Beers are 100% Natural, Chemical Free and Preservative Free.

Sutton’s Juice Factory, Cidery & Shed Cafe at Thulimbah (diagonally opposite the Big Apple) is also a distillery – try their apple based products today!