Secret Wine Gems in Queensland

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.
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Secret Wine Gems in Queensland

Queensland’s growing wine industry may just be one of the State’s best keep secrets


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.

Romavilla Winery, Roma, QLD

Most of the wines produced here are sold locally, although the State’s oldest winery, Romavilla – established in 1863 – also exports its award-winning Riesling, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Merlot internationally.

Despite such a deep history, Queensland’s wine industry plateaued until the late 1960s, when Ballandean Estate was established in what is now the State’s most prolific wine growing region, the Granite Belt. More than a premium food and wine destination, the region offers charming farmhouse B&Bs, country cottages and luxury glamping facilities who those who like to sip their wine surrounded by stunning national parks.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s own five-star winery – Sirromet, situated at picturesque Mount Cotton – is only a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, offering a modern, premium wine experience amidst the wines.

Kooroomba Vineyard, Mt Alford, QLD

The Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland

So close to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city, and yet far enough away that visitors can enjoy a proper break in the countryside, The Scenic Rim is developing into a thriving rural tourism destination.

The Scenic Rim wine-growing area is around an hour from Brisbane, nestled in the eroded interior of an ancient shield volcano on the fringe of the Lockyer Valley. Vineyards are scattered through Purga, Harrisville, Boonah, Mt Alford and finishing in the rugged valleys of the Southern Border Ranges around Mt Barney.

Grapevines were planted at Purga in the 1870s and wines from this region have been exported as far as Europe and the UK ever since. In 1984, the planting of Ironbark Ridge reinvigorated the local wine-growing scene; since then, another dozen boutique vineyards have been planted, each brining unique character and charm to the area.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Canungra, QLD

Canungra Valley wine district

Stretching from the stunning rainforest setting of Mt Tamborine to the emerald countryside of Canungra is another of Queensland’s boutique, hidden wine region, including several idyllic wineries that regularly play host to weddings.

The region is situated around 40 minutes from the Gold Coast and an hour south west of Brisbane, allowing for a diverse range of grape varieties to grow.

As a result, the Gold Coast Hinterland Wine Country boasts several boutique wineries and vineyards, producing award-winning wine and offering unique cellar doors experiences and restaurants based out of historic homesteads and spectacular purpose-built cellar rooms and venue spaces.

Visit the winemakers on site and sample the best drops that the region has to offer at local wineries including Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, Mt Tamborine Vineyards & Winery, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Albert River Wines, Sarabah Wines and Witches Falls Winery.

Drop in to local Cellar Doors in the Scenic Rim Wine Country

Barney Creek Vineyard
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
Kooroomba Vineyards & Lavender Farm
Normanby Wines
Paradine Estate Wines