Somebody a lot cleverer than myself once said, “beer is made by men, wine by God”. Quite a powerful statement to make. But, behind this very sentiment lies the ethos that indeed wine is, well, a mighty fine drink. But did you know that the Gold Coast has wine growing areas in its very own backyard? And don’t forget the Granite Belt region that’s a mere three-hour drive inland—aka the perfect roadie–and is fast gaining popularity and exposure as a notable wine region in Australia.
Meaning, yep you guessed it, the potential for awesome sun-kissed days spent sipping wine in a vineyard—and not that far from your very own doorstep. Here’s a roundup of the best Gold Coast winery tours you can take well within striking distance of our beloved city.
Visit Sirromet Winery Mount Cotton
Possibly one of the most successful wine labels to come out of Queensland is Sirromet, and for good reason, they produce some damn fine wine. Take the 30-minute drive North to Mount Cotton and you’ll be wowed at what you discover at their stunning winery. Set in beautiful surrounds the venue boasts not one but three restaurants, giving you the chance to sample a glass—or five—informally with live music or more a la carte should you wish. As this is the winery (where the magic happens) their ‘behind the scenes’ tour is a must-do for wine buffs, where you can see their equipment and technique and most importantly discover how they take their humble grapes and transform them into that delicious liquid. Don’t worry though; there isn’t an exam at the end.
Take A Trip To Ballandean Estate
Claiming to be in the ‘beating 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. The highlight of their offering has to be a unique Italian Tour, visiting Italian family in the area, cookery classes and producer tours. Mamma mia!
Taste Of Tamborine Tour
How does being chauffeur driven around Mount Tamborine stopping at a number of amazing wineries and restaurants where you can eat and drink some ridiculously good fare sound? Too good to be true right? Well, Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours are giving you the very chance to do just that. Owner and tour host Karen Inglis-Turner and her team really showcase what this region has to offer with a strong sense of ‘paddock to plate’ behind it all. Come solo, bring your squad or even organize a day out with your work pals—either way you’re guaranteed a fab time.
A Day On The Granite Belt With Stanthorpe Tours
Over the years Granite Belt has become one of Australia’s premium areas for growing wine, and one of its defining features is its altitude. Being elevated anywhere from 800-1200 metres gives this area some incredible scenery, diversity and would you believe it, four distinct seasons; as opposed to just warm and hot like us GC locals are used to! Stanthorpe Tours have really got this area dialed, with a plethora of tours to suit different tastes, budgets and expectations. They even give you the option to tailor make your own day tour, with over 50 vineyards and 40 cellar doors for you to choose from. Picking you up and dropping you back from anywhere in the area in their plush air-conditioned vehicles—yea we like that sound of that!
Check Out Bunjurgen Estate And Kooroomba Vineyard
Ever heard of Teviot Valley? Well if you haven’t, we’ve got your Sunday sorted. Approximately an hour and a half drive from the Coast this unique and tucked away area is home to Bunjergen Estate and Kooroomba Vineyard. The former produces a highly revered Tawny Port, which we can assure you is delicious! Both properties have cellar doors with the latter having a restaurant, wedding facilities and even their very own lavender farm! Make sure those phones are charged because these two spots are incredibly Insta-worthy and sure to cause FOMO among friends. The cherry on this impressive cake? Did we mention that there is a nearby brewery (Scenic Rim Brewery) with an impressive calendar of events for the coming winter months? You’re welcome.
Keen for another roadie? Check out these five magical scenic drives you can take from the Coast.
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