There’s an old saying that goes, “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy wine and that’s kind of the same thing”.
Okay, so we don’t think it’s such an old saying—we doubt you’ll find it stemming back to biblical times when water was turned to wine; and it’s probably not so morally sound either. But it has a good ring to it, don’t you think? And wine DOES make us happy.
There’s something super intoxicating about visiting a winery (drinking copious amounts of wine, middle of the day, might have something to do with it) and we’re not short of some BEAUTIFUL options just outside Brisbane. All you need are some wheels, good mates, and one unlucky designated driver.
Feel free to use this as your winery bucket list—you’re gonna want to do them all!
O’Reilley's Canungra Valley Vineyards
Right on our doorstep, we’re blessed to be in the company of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. Their expansive property stretches along Canungra Creek; and the vineyards, cellar door, and homestead are nothing short of gorgeous. You have the option to enjoy a brekkie or lunch in their vintage restaurant, or grab one of their gourmet picnic baskets (they’ll supply the blankie and everything) and laze about with a bottle of wine alongside the creek. Aaah, what we’d do to be lying there under a tree, right now…
Where: 852 Lamington National Park Road, Canungra
Drive time: 45mins
If you haven’t yet made you way out to Sirromet Winery, then you need to check the diary and book in a day ASAP. A beautiful estate with endless views overlooking Moreton Bay and Stradbroke, Sirromet Winery truly offers the full experience to both wine enthusiasts and occasional drinkers alike through standard wine tastings, premium tastings, and a full winery tour. Their live entertainment sessions on the weekend are never short of epic; and there are heaps of tasty food options to choose from. Make it a fancy lunch at Restaurant Lurleen’s or enjoy the outdoor Tuscan Terrace which offers high tea or Italian-inspired meals all under $30. So many great things, it’ll feel nothing short of a mini-break!
Where: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Drive time: 50mins
Witches Falls Winery
Another fab winery we are blessed to find in our backyard is Witches Falls Winery. Witches Falls is a must-visit on any trip to Mount Tamborine, and is conveniently located just down the road from Witches Chase Cheeses, for those post-winery picnicking purchases. Where else can you taste a flight of six locally-grown wines for just $6? Don’t forget to grab a handful of extra bottles from the cellar door for your next Burleigh Hill Sunday soiree, where you can discreetly brag about how cultured you are.
Where: 79 Main Western Road, North Tamborine
Drive time: 2 hours
Cedar Creek Estates
Perhaps you’re already familiar with the grounds of this pretty local winery, as the guest of a friend’s wedding. Not surprisingly, backdrops of its vineyards and sweet sandstone chapel have graced many a Gold Coast wedding shoot. Cedar Creek Estates Vineyard and Winery is another to add to your Mount Tamborine winery hop itinerary, with its own glow worm cave, rainforest walks, wildlife galore, cellar door open daily, and an onsite restaurant for a lazy lunch or high tea on the deck served with a side of gorgeous lake vistas.
Where: 104—144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine
Drive time: 50mins
Flame Hill Vineyard
Sitting at the very top of Montville, Flame Hill Vineyard has it all. Great views, luscious vines, incredible nosh—and of course, totally drinkable wine. Cellar Door tastings might just not be enough. But the real highlight is their Stomp event, where in celebration of a successful harvest, guests are encouraged to stomp the hell out of barrels of grapes. A totally unique experience combined with great food and entertainment, there’s really no better way to spend a day!
Where: 249 Western Avenue, Montville, Sunshine Coast
Drive time: 2hrs
Maleny Mountain Wines
With incredible views overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains and a rich volcanic soil perfect for producing Chambourcin grapes and an award-winning Chardonnay, this Sunshine Coast winery should be at the top of your must-visit list. Their newly renovated wine tasting venue is, wait for it, a gigantic wine barrel, so you’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see it. Wine isn’t the only thing to indulge in here either, there’s also a range of craft brews and some seriously tasty cheese platters.Where: 787 Landsborough Maleny Rd, Bald Knob Drive time: 1hr 15min
Ocean View Estate
Nestled in the green hills of Mt Mee, Ocean View Estate is a total slice of paradise. Their award-winning wines are exclusive to the estate and will be paired up to the perfect meal for you by well-known chef, Tony Tierney. The views from the restaurant overlooking the vines are breathtaking; and if your other half is more into beer than wine, they do their own craft beer. If you’re looking to keep it simple, grab one of their scrumptious picnic baskets and go set-up amongst the vineyards or lakeside in the sun. And as if these guys hadn’t thought of it all already, they also boast a set of beautiful cottages… Good scenery, food, drink, and accommodation? Sounds like the perfect weekend away!
Where: 2557 Mt. Mee Road, Ocean View, near Caboolture
Drive time: 1hrs 45min
Kooroomba Vineyard And Lavender Farm
Hey—did you know there’s a lavender farm less than two hours from the Gold Coast? We’ve all taken a moment to lust over those pretty pictures of happy people swanning about among rows and rows of purple. You can do this. With wine! Kooroomba Vineyard is possibly the most stunning winery (and lavender farm!) within driving distance of the Gold Coast and they’re calling your name. The property overlooks rolling hills and mountains, with the restaurant offering 180-degree views while you enjoy their incredible menu. Sounds like heaven (with a scent of lavender).
Where: 168 F.M.Bells Road, Mount Alford
Drive time: 1hr 45min
The Overflow Estate 1895
Set amongst the picturesque Scenic Rim with views that will take your breath away, The Overflow Estate 1895 looks like something straight out of an oil painting. The wines crafted here are grown on some 2500 vines, with varieties of Vermentino, Fiano, Tempranillo and Montepulciano hailing from Italy and Spain. They’re best enjoyed right there at the winery, paired with a local cheese and antipasto board.
Where: 1660 Beaudesert Boonah Rd, Wyaralong
Drive time: 1 hr 20 min
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
Rose lover? You’ll want to make for this Scenic Rim winery then, where a variety of rose wines are made from grapes grown on the property. Though there is a cellar, on breezy days Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard hosts their tastings outdoors under the jacaranda trees, and you can bring along your own snacks for a picnic on the 24 hectare estate.
Where: 121Brent Road, Bunjergen
Drive time: 1 hr 30 min
Hampton Estate Wines
You’d be surprised that this sweet oasis is less than an hours drive away. Hampton Estate Wines have been making award-winning drops for over 25 years, so you could say they've got some experience under their belt. Perched atop a rolling green hill, the estate is just the place to stop in for a wine or two over a long lunch in the onsite restaurant.
Where: 52 Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine
Drive time: 1 hour
A nearby gem nestled in the scenic Granite Belt is Mason Wines. Their incredible array of wines pairs up perfectly with the winery’s daily tastings of local olives, jams, chutneys, fudges and much more. If the magnificent views overlooking the vines weren’t enough for you, Mason Wines also boast a set of beautiful cottages. Good scenery, food, drink and accommodation? Your next weekend plans are sorted.
Where: 32 Hartley Rd, Mount Tamborine
Drive time: 1 hour
Enjoy fine wine tasting in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere whilst appreciating the breathtaking views of the Sandy Valley. Winya Wines is the perfect day trip for a quick getaway with friends or family—and you should definitely leave time for a lunch of their winery’s juicy Black Angus rib fillet, which is best enjoyed with a glass of their dry red in hand.
Where: 145 Sandy Creek Rd, Sandy Creek
Drive time: 1 hour 25 min
Ballandean Estate Wines
Located in the heart of the Granite Belt, Ballandean Estate has been producing exceptional wines in this region for over 80 years. With a strong Italian heritage, the Puglisi family keep themselves pretty busy, as they are open every day for wine tastings and winery tours—meaning the wine never ceases to flow here. Set in naturally beautiful high-altitude surrounds, the venue also boasts their Barrel Room restaurant, serving food Thursday to Sunday and an events calendar that is worth keeping an eye on.Where: 354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean Drive time: 3hrs
Hidden Creek Winery
If you’re heading all the way out to the Granite Belt, you’ve also got to stop at this award-winning winery, which took out the Queensland Wine Awards’ 2018 Winery of the Year. If that’s not enough of an incentive, there’s also a winery pooch named Pepper. The best way to sample Hidden Creek’s wines is to grab a picnic hamper filled with nibbles (and including an entire bottle of wine) from the cafe and take it down to the water to enjoy—with or without the friendly Pepper.Where: 2271 Eukey Rd, Ballandean Drive time: 3hrs
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