Queensland wineries make the most of the cool climate of the Hinterlands of the Great Dividing Range. Queensland’s signature white grape varieties include Verdelho, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. You will also find some less common grape varieties for instance Fiano, Semillon and Vermentino. The most common red grape varietals are shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and grenache. Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland, so are the state’s officially recognized wine regions: the Granite Belt and South Burnett. Therefore, there are plenty of wineries nearby that make great day trips from the city. So, when you want to unwind in the vines, here are some of the best wineries near Brisbane.
The 7 Best Wineries Near Brisbane
Nestled in the Redlands hinterland, just 30 minutes south of Brisbane city is Queensland’s largest and most-awarded winery. On one of the terrific tours, you’ll go behind the scenes and take a look at the full-scale operation of the working winery. You will, of course, get a chance to try a selection of Sirromet’s most highly awarded wines during a private tasting. You can also dine on the Tuscan Terrace and soak up the picturesque scenery of the surrounding bushland and bay.
Just 45 minutes from Brisbane, in Purga, south-west of Ipswich is Ironbark Ridge Vineyard, the oldest established vineyard in the region. With hand-planted vines growing chardonnay, shiraz, grenache and Marsanne, you can sample the wines produced from these vines in the tasting room which is in an original 1920s miners’ cottage.
Some 70km from Brisbane on Tamborine Mountain lies the Witches Falls Winery. This winery uses traditional techniques combined with modern practices, for instance, minimal intervention and wild fermentation. The winery produces a variety of wine types, including reds, whites, pinks, wild ferments and dessert wines. The best way to enjoy these wines is to visit the beautiful grounds, grab a picnic blanket and relax in the picturesque gardens.
Make a day or night of it at this magnificent winery some 83km south of Brisbane. Located just outside of Canungra on Lamington National Park Road, this winery not only has a fabulous cellar door but also has an Alpaca farm and a rainforest retreat with overnight accommodation. This is an ideal winery to visit if you don’t have a designated driver. The vineyards, cellar door and historic homestead are beautiful and you can enjoy picnics and cheeseboards with your handcrafted wines.
Another great winery for those who are driving is Hampton Estate Wines which also offers boutique accommodation. Enjoy the views of Mount Tamborine and the surrounding countryside whist sipping award-winning wines and eating flavourful food at the on-site restaurant. After a beautiful sunset, head back to your cute, cosy country cottage and relax in the bath or on the balcony with some more wine and perhaps an indulgent cheeseboard too.
6. Mason Wines
Located in the scenic Granite Belt, around one-hour from Brisbane is Mason Winery. Mason has a wonderful array of wines so you are sure to find one to suit your palate. Enjoy perfectly paired wines with creative cuisine made using local ingredients in the restaurant or for something more casual, head to the lawn with a glass of vino and cheese platter. Wine tastings in the cellar are a great way to find out about the history of the winery and to try some wonderful wines, for instance, its sauvignon blanc, shiraz, Petit Verdot and viognier.
This Scenic Rim winery is 80 minutes from Brisbane. The views from this estate over Lake Wyaralong are beautiful, much like the wines. The boutique winemaker produces around 10,000 bottles of four varieties annually. You can sip these wines in the gorgeous cellar door whilst grazing on plates from the casual antipasto menu or gourmet grazing menu. You can also enjoy a glass or two with lunch on the lawn. If you have more time, you can linger longer over a leisurely meal in the restaurant.