Wine lovers are invited to a series of events throughout the south-east in celebration of Queensland Wine Week.
From 31 March to 6 April, a series of tastings, dinners and street food markets will be held throughout Brisbane as part of Queensland Wine Week.
Within two years, Queensland Wine Week has expanded from a few bloggers exploring local vineyards to a widespread celebration of the state’s best produce.
Organiser Stuart Robinson says they never intended for the festival to grow so quickly.
“Queensland is quite young for a wine region – but it’s really improved and grown in the last ten years,” says Robinson.
“We definitely want to make the week approachable; the aim is to give people an accessible opportunity to try Queensland’s best wine. There’s something for everyone.”
Elevated Taste: Grazing the Granite Belt from 5 to 6 April is set to be a highlight of the week, when Queenslanders are invited out to the Granite Belt for a weekend of tasting the region’s best produce right at the source.
Leeanne Gangemi, Manager at Balladean Estate, has seen the Granite Belt prosper over four decades and encourages first-time visitors to make the trip.
“When people get to the Granite Belt, they are stunned by the natural beauty,” says Gangemi. “We’ve even had a first-time visitor who said they were reminded of Tuscany.
“Because we’re a small, intimate region, you can come to my cellar door and chat to me, our winemakers or my father who has been growing for decades – and it’s the same with any cellar door in the Granite Belt.”
Queensland Wine Week Organiser Peter Marchant agrees with Gangemi’s comments on the region’s hospitality.
“The Granite Belt is an incredible part of the world, and if people can get out there, they will see it’s not factories, but people picking the grapes, pressing the grapes and making the wines – it really resonates with visitors,” says Marchant.
“We’re focusing on getting the good wines to people’s mouths. The free tasting at John Mills Himself will kick-start the week, and it’ll be a really laid back opportunity for people to taste and get involved.”
The Queensland Wine Industry Association is also encouraging local businesses to get involved and consider hosting an event of their own.