Stanthorpe is home to some truly amazing wineries. Part of the larger Granite Belt Wine region in Queenslands south-west, it’s wineries range from the large well known brands, to the small boutique producers. Regardless of your palate or wine preferences, there is something for everyone, so you are sure to find a few favorites to add to your wine fridge or cellar. Plus if you’re in luck, you might just get to chat with the winemakers themselves.
Here’s a few of the best Stanthorpe wineries;
You can count on an unforgettable experience at Ballandean Estate. The winery has been welcoming guests at their cellar door since 1970 and producing wine since the 1930s. It’s been established by five generations of Puglisi wine pioneers.
Don’t miss the chance to walk through the 50-year-old Shiraz vines located on the Opera Block. You might also get the opportunity to meet and chat with the winemaker. The large barrel cellar tour is a must and if you are in need of something to eat, the gourmet vineyard picnic will hit the spot.
Home to the oldest Tempranillo vines in the Severn River valley, Ridgemill Estate has it all. As well as offering wine tastings in the cellar door, you can also grab a picnic hamper or simply share a glass of wine on the deck. Looking for something a little different, why not arrange a guided vineyard tour or perhaps a private tasting experience with the winemaker. This allows you to see how the wines are made and taste a couple of the older vintages.
Pyramid Road Wines, is a small-batch winery, growing Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaker and the viticulturist are a husband and wife duo. Warren and Sue planted their first grapevines in 1999 and produced four wines that year. By 2016, they had grown their wine production to 10 varieties.
Golden Grove Estate started as a fruit orchard in 1946. Early on, they started making wine from the leftover grapes they were growing. Now, they produce award-winning wines that you are sure to fall in love with. They have classic Shiraz, Chardonnay, Mourvèdre as part of their own label. Along with those wines, they have a selection of Italian favourites that are worth trying. One is their two types of Carignan: Cari and Cai.
Savina Lane Wines
Savina Lane Wines offers private wine tastings, which need to be booked in advance.
They’ve been awarded the best Fiano (vintage 2015 and 2016) as well as Best Queensland Shiraz (vintage 2012 and 2014). These trophies are one of the many reasons you should include Savina Lane Wines on your next Granite Belt wine tour.
You can sip the Fiano and Shiraz wines while you lounge in the large chesterfield couches in the tasting room in front of the fireplace.
A Trip to the Best Wineries
Queensland’s Stanthorpe region is just 2.5 hours from Brisbane, and offers some of the most diverse and unique wineries, producers and vineyards in all of Australia. The cooler climate (thanks to it being 1000m above sea level) makes for amazing white wines and more approachable red wines. There are 12 wineries in the Stanthorpe region alone, with over 40 cellar doors in the whole Granite Belt wine region. Alongside these wineries are a variety of fruit growers, cafes and eateries that can satisfy even the fussiest of wine palettes.
Book an accommodation in the Granite Belt wine region today. Granite Belt Retreat is set on 30 acres of natural bushland, which is five minutes from Stanthorpe. We promise you’ll have an amazing stay!