The wine industry in Australia produces more than 700 million litres of wine every year, making it the fourth largest wine exporter in the world. Less than half of the production is consumed within the country itself, thanks to a huge number of wine lovers across the country. The bulk of production is done across the southern region, namely Tasmania and Queensland. You can opt for coach hire in Brisbane to explore the vintage vineyards set in picturesque locations that are sure to give you a breathtaking experience.
With over 100 wineries across the state, Queensland is one of the major wine producers in South Australia. The most commonly used grapes are harvested in the Granite Belt region and distilled in Ballandean and Stanthorpe. The different varieties of wine include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Brisbane, being the capital of Queensland, features many wineries in and around its outer suburbs.
Almost all the vineyards boast of a scenic setting along with cool climate and rich soil that favours the growth of fruits ideal for wine production. Listed below are some of the best picks from the whole lot that are sure to give you a pleasant time if you are looking to raise a toast with someone.
This iconic distillery with a bucolic outlet and ancient walls is one of the classic spots in the whole of Queensland. Apart from offering a wide selection of liquors and spirits, this place is also known for its friendly environment. It has attracted customers from all across the globe and has won many international awards over the years. With the reddish volcanic soils and crisp spring water, the fruits of the mountain are aged and refined nearby. They produce Fruit Brandy, Vodkas, Gins, Liqueurs and Schnapps. Most of them are preserved in beautifully crafted hand painted bottles.
Many would rate Newstead Brewing as a lager paradise, with 12 draft taps at the bar, pouring few that are made on spot (the likes of Liquidambar Amber Ale and the Mayne Thing Golden Ale). Freshly cooked chicken with cheddar, timberland mushrooms and the pithivier, with lamb meat are worth snacking on while tasting a few glasses of liquor. The concoction of iconic distillery, reused timber, bentwood seats and classic art make this place worth a visit and worth the money.
Situated at the scenic Mt. Cotton, about more than 800 metres above the sea level, this family-run winery offers a wide range of winery tours and tastings along with cellar door and 5-star restaurant facilities. You’ll be amazed to witness the innovative design and setup of this place right up there in the sky. The high quality of wine is by virtue of the cold climate and rich soil that helps in harvesting ideal quality of fruits needed for the production.
Hardly an hour’s drive from central part of Brisbane, the Estates is located at an elevation of 450 metres with mild breeze flowing across from the Pacific and the Moreton Bay. The climate is ideal for production of white and red wine, with varieties including the likes of Cabernet grapes, Shiraz and Chardonnay. The beautiful setting of the place gives you a complete experience of vineyard and the operation. You can go for a cellar horse ride or helicopter tour over the Redcliff. Enjoy crispy pork nuggets, fried cheese and beef briskets, while having a drink or two here.
Settled in the scenic Tamborine Mountains, a short drive from Brisbane, is Witches Falls vineyard, which started its operation in 2004 and makes use of Granite Belt grapes. The owner Jon Heslop has worked at Hunter Valley and Barossa Valley wineries and has earned himself a status for his unique variety of wines, with the Wild-Ferment Chardonnay being one of the top choices. The friendly staff will guide you through the 19 wines offered at the cellar door. You can also get one of the winery's mats and sip a glass of wine while relaxing in the greenery surrounding the vineyard.
If you are looking to spend a fine evening with a great company of people, you should try out Clovely Estate for the famous Semillon, pinot gris and various other white wines offered at the cellar door. Known as one of the oldest wineries in Australia, it has been rated 5-star by James Halliday for its awesome blend of white and red grapes that makes the wine worth all the money for its taste. At this place, you can always expect to have an ambiance with great food complementing the drinks.
A boutique vineyard set up amid the scenic view of the Canungra Valleys is a historic spot and a perfect location for picnic. Very rarely will you find a vineyard where you can take your family and expect to have a fine dining experience along with enough outdoor space for your children to play. You can opt for a BBQ hamper to cook for yourself while enjoying the lager by the river side. They also offer free wine tasting before you opt for the toast.
Located in the heart of Mount Tamborine region, this place will give you a feel of strolling through a tree-lined doorway with perks of nature all around. With a huge assortment of wine to taste, there is always something available to suit the flavour you like. The glow warm cave offers daily tours for the customers and the staffs are always there to guide you through the entire setup.
If this is your first time in the city of Brisbane, a smart choice will be to hire a coach in order to save yourself from the trouble of an undesired adventure on your wine tours. A comfortable and convenient winery tour is assured for you and your companions, so just give us a call today!