Exploring the Granite Belt Wine Trail

Wine from the Granite Belt is delicious! And if you’re in a pickle and you just can’t decide what kind of wine to buy for your next dinner party, head to the Granite

Less than three hours north of Brisbane, you can spend your day exploring the beautiful wineries and cellar doors of Granite Belt. It’s a wonderful way to relax after a long day at work.

Set aside some chill time to explore the cellar doors and artisan food providores of Granite Belt wine country.


After deciding which route to take, your biggest decision is which one of the three ways to do the Granite Belt Wine Trail…


Cycle the Granite Belt Bike Trail

A good day for riding two wheels. Start off at Stanthorpe, where you’ll find a great range of cafes, shops and activities before turning off on your bike and heading for Ballandean, with its famous wineries and spectacular granite.

All you’ll need to bring is your own bike or rent one from Granite Belt Bicycle Tours & Hire.

There are various options when it comes to the best ways to start your bike riding, including going it alone or joining a guided

Go for it! You’re about to find out how many tasty treats are around you, and there’s no reason you can’t find something you’ll enjouy from the many options available along the way.

You could also visit Varias Restaurant, The Shed Café at Sutton’s Farm, Jamworks Gourmet Foods Café and Larder and Mt Stirling Olives to sample local Granite Belt cuisine.

Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy the benefits of wine on a more intimate scale at Ballandean Estates Wines, Symphony Hill Wines, Robert Channon Wines, and Ridgemill Estate. Take home a few bottles for your cellar.

You won’t be having to give up your favorite foods because of the workouts, but you will be burning fat in the process.


Enjoy a personalised tour

Whether you prefer to sip, sniff and scoff your way across the region without breaking a sweat is your choice.

Let Granite Belt Tours, Wine Discovery Tours or Granite Highlands Maxi-Tours guide you to the best activities in the region.

The Granite Belt best wines are spread throughout more than 50 wineries, with wine tasting available everywhere. With so many wine cellars to visit, you may never make it all in one day!

For those with a passion for wine, there are several types of tours on offer. Choose the tour that matches your tastes and preferences.

If you’re a beer drinker, Southern Queensland Country will cure what ales you.

Both Granite Belt and Brass Monkey offer unique locally brewed ales and lagers.


Design your own adventure

There are many interesting wines for you to try at Strange Bird Winery. You can try wines from three different grape varieties or blend them yourself to create your own unique style.

Enjoy these tasty varietals: test your vocabulary with Tannat, Petit Verdot, Gewürztraminer and Durif.

Check out a self-drive strange bird map to find the best places to visit in this area. You might want to add some more to your list of spots to see if you can find any more ‘rare treasures’.

To earn the title of the Strange Bird Vineyard, the grapes must represent less than 1% of all the vines grown in Australia. To make it even harder, the vintner must be able to grow the fruit without using pesticides or fertilisers.

These vineyard-grown wines are as fine as any wine from a top-rated wine region. They aren’t found in bottle shops though.

To try any of the wines offered by this estate, head straight to the cellar door.

If you’re ready to choose someone to be your designated driver, you need to make a choice about who should be the designated driver.

For more interesting places to visit along the Granite Belt and Stanthorpe region, talk to our friendly hosts at Daiamondvale Cottages.