With the borders opening and airlines putting on sale after sale to get people back in the air, you’re probably hanging out for a trip to one of Australia’s many incredible wine regions. The Barossa maybe? Hunter Valley? Or further afield to Margaret River? Well before you book those flights, let us stop you right there, because there’s plenty of incredible wine regions right here in South East Queensland, all of them an easy drive away.
Thanks to a new initiative from the Queensland Government and the Queensland Wine Industry Association, one of the biggest problems of visiting a region overflowing with wineries has even been solved, namely—how do you choose which wineries to visit? Instead of being struck down by indecision paralysis, you can now just head to the ‘Vine And Shine Trail’ website, where you’ll find multiple winery visiting routes all mapped out for you.
Covering the Greater Brisbane and Sunshine Coast; Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland; Granite Belt; South Burnett; Wide Bay Burnett; and Darling Downs and Western Queensland wine regions, there are six different trails to choose from. Each of the wineries mapped out in the different regions has a description and all the info you’ll need to know, so all that’s left to do raise your glass and start ticking them off.
Some of the wine trails have some 15 odd wineries on them (yes, we do have that many wineries in Queensland—all of them just as good as any in the southern states), so you’re definitely going to want to choose straws to land on a designated driver. Luckily, they don’t have to miss out on the wine drinking—just buy a bottle at every winery and continue your tasting experience at home.
You can check out all the wine trails here and start planning your trip—better make some room in your booze cupboard in readiness.
Or you can check out 15 of our favourite wineries within a few hours of Brisbane right here.
Image credit: Tourism and Event Queensland/Kooroomba Vineyards