Romavilla Winery, Roma, QLD
It may be known as the home of surf, swimming and sand, but there’s more to the sunshine state than pretty beaches. Queensland’s wine industry is one of the State’s best keep secrets, with a history that dates back to the 1860s. As is that case with all good wines, it continues to develop with age, and today, Queensland’s emerging wine region – which produces everything from Riesling and Pinot Gris to Merlot and Moscato – provides a reason in itself to explore the hinterland of the State’s great south-east.
Queensland’s wine industry has grown significantly over the years, and now covers over 3707 acres (1,500 hectares). Significant plantings have boosted wine production throughout the southeast corner of the State, although these areas – from Mount Ommaney in Brisbane, to Toowoomba and Roma in the west and the Granite Belt in the south – have long produced vast amounts of grapes.