Three hours away from Brisbane, the Granite Belt area boasts an abundance of vineyards producing some exceptional wine. The region is known for its ability to produce some of the best quality cool climate wines in all of Australia.
However, the region is not just for wine-lovers. Food-lovers, or just about anyone who wants to experience a beautiful country getaway—the Granite Belt is for you!
If you are interested in visiting this area, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we have compiled a list of the best wineries to visit to experience the very best the region has to offer.
1. Tobin Wines
Proud of their high-quality, premium handcrafted and limited-edition wines, Tobin Wines is an excellent choice to learn more about the Granite Belt. Tobin Wines showcases all the best characteristics of the Granite Belt’s cool climate vineyards.
With its winemaking philosophy of quality over quantity, Tobin Wines only produces 160 cases each year. This allows them to focus on every bottle, giving it much-needed attention. Topbin Wines is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on when visiting Stanthorpe’s wine regions.
2. Jester Hill Wines
If you want a winery with a fantastic view, Jester Hill is a great choice. It is a family-owned winery with Michael and Ann Bourke boasting their unique creations. Their eye-catching Shakespearean-inspired labels and unique wine varietals makes Jester Hill a great choice.
Besides their delicious wine, their spacious cellar door and outdoor area provide ample space for groups of all sizes.
3. Twisted Gum Wines
Twisted Gum Wines is a small, hand-tended winery proud of its sustainable agricultural practices. Located inside a 1920s classic Queenslander, Twisted Gum doesn’t use chemicals to protect their harvest—rather they rely on the birds in the area to manage the insects throughout their blocks.
Twisted Gum proves that quality is more important than quantity, and focuses on producing low yielding vines that deliver maximum flavour. Everything is pruned and harvested by hand, giving it a little more personal touch, which shows in the flavours of the wine.
4. Boireann Winery
Boireann Winery is a must-visit for those who love red wines. Nestled in the small village of The Summit, less than 15 minutes drive from Stanthorpe, the winery specialises in Italian and French varietals.
Their wines give off a rich and luxurious taste that you will love. Their popularity soared even more after landing a spot in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines and receiving a 5 Star Winery rating. Boireann Winery should be on your list of wineries to visit.
5. Ballandean Estate Wines
For over 80 years, the Puglisi family has been proudly growing grapes and making wine in the Granite Belt. Their old vines, deliver wines of exceptional quality, making Ballandean Estate Wines a must see winery when in the Granite Belt.
You can taste their unique wines that are products of their years in the industry—elegant and wonderful tastes that you will not find anywhere else.
There are more wineries that are not mentioned in this list that you can explore. It is time you take some much-needed time off and make an escape to Granite Belt, where you can have a great time exploring wineries and immersing yourself in their culture.
If you are looking for accommodation in the Granite Belt wine region, Granite Belt Retreat & Brewery is your best choice. Being five minutes away from Stanthorpe, this country estate is a dream for wine lovers who want to explore the area on vacation. Book a room with us today!