Granite Belt

This is Queensland’s version of the Hunter Valley, also making successful semillon and shiraz. The region is called the Granite Belt because of the granite bed that lies beneath the northern extension of the New England Tableland. Vineyards are found at an altitude of around 800m, and although grapes were first planted in the 1960s, it is the recent vintages that have caused a stir. Ballandean Estate (354 Sundown Rd, Ballandean, (07) 4684 1226) is known for an interesting German variety, sylvaner. Boireann (Donnellys Castle Rd, The Summit, (07) 4683 2194) is a relative newcomer, growing Italian and French grapes, with a reputation for wines like shiraz viognier. Stop at the Stanthorpe Wine Centre (291 Granite Belt Dr, Thulimbah, (07) 4683 2011) for the wines of Summit Estate as well as others.

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