Australian Wine Tours and Vineyards
At the present time, there are 10 wine establishments and Tamborine Mountain Distillery open on and visited around the 9 km plateau which is Tamborine Mountain, these wineries are :
ALBERT RIVER WINES
There stands two historical homesteads on this site of which the first, Tamborine House, was purchased by the past owners, David and Janette Bladin. The second is now the winery which in its original state was a single-story bungalow in the traditional style now known as the 'Queenslander'. In 1854, the home was built by Sir Thomas McIlwraith, then serving his term as Premier of Queensland. He named the house 'Auchenflower' after the much loved Ayshire, Scotland farm of his great uncle. The word stems from the Gaelic 'Achaidhean Fluir', meaning 'fertile fields' or 'fields of flowers'. In 1998 it was re located and became the new home of Albert River Wines. This is but a snippet of history from this amazing location, more is revealed on our tour.
CANUNGRA VALLEY VINEYARD NOW KNOWN AS O'REILLY'S VINEYARD
Shane O'Reilly from the famous O'Reilly family of the Lamington National Park first had the concept of growing grapes in the Canungra Valley in 1996. The present cellar door homestead was relocated from Warwick and Shane purchased the estate in a deceased settlement. He has just over 7 acres under vine, consisting originally of 4500 Chambourcin and Semillon vines. Locals from the Canungra area planted these vines in November 1998. the first of their estate wines became available in August 2000. There are many more treasures to be unfolded at O'Reilly's vineyard including their family of platypus that feed and play in the still waters of Canungra Creek behind the homestead just to name one!
THE CEDAR CREEK ESTATE VINEYARD AND WINERY
This beautiful estate and winery consists of 25 acres on Tamborine Mountain approximately 650 metres above sea level. Cedar Creek flows through the property, which opens out to Wild Duck Lake, home to many birds and different duck species. The winery building consists of a restaurant and reception facilities, together with a tasting room and an underground cellar ! Cedar Creek is not only modern but built to a standard of high excellence, it is not only a treat to taste of the wines they have to offer but enjoy the quiet ambiance of the surroundings ! Not to mention the fine cuisine !
Another winery with a unique history, the building was formerly the Infant Saviour Catholic Church at Burleigh Heads, saved from demolition and transported up the Mountain where it has been transformed to its present glory. Heritage Wines are produced at Stanthorpe, from grapes grown on the granite belt Queensland. Award winning wines can be enjoyed with breathtaking views of the Gold Coast and Hinterland. It is indeed a great asset to the Tamborine Mountain area to have this small family owned and operated boutique Winery in our midst !
Mason Wines formerly Aussie Vineyards is Queensland's newest goldmine of exceptional wines and home of our stylish Mason label. The Mason brand has been created from the inspiration of Robert Mason and is symbolic of yet another one of Tamborine Mtn's emerging wine industry. Mason wines believe that their wines encapsulate Australia's winning spirit, our lands prosperity, & trust shared between people. Each bottle is enriched with years of wine making experience, fine fruits, teamwork and passion. Mason wine's aim is to bring the contents of each bottle alive by cultivating the essence of each ingredient from vineyard to cellar door.
WITCHES FALLS WINERY
Witches Falls Winery have their own resident wine maker. He is also the owner with his wife Kim Heslop who together form a formidable team in the total wine making experience. At this site guests are given a tour of the equipment area and barrel room with an explanation of the process of the grape from the vine to the bottle process and tasting.
TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN DISTILLERY
Hidden away in the Gold Coast Hinterland, is the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. This is South East Queensland's smallest Pot Still Distillery, but of world renown. With the Combination of rich red volcanic soils and fresh Spring Water, the abundant fruit of the Mountain is fermented and distilled.
We also visit the wineries and vineyards of the Scenic Rim and they are:
Ironbark Ridge Vineyard is situated at Purga, south west of Ipswich, in the south eastern corner of Queensland and is approximately 40 minutes drive from Brisbane. Ironbark Ridge is surrounded by picturesque mountain views.
The Ipswich District has a rich history in grape-growing and wine making during the 19th and 20th centuries. The district’s first wines made by Robert Le Grand are well recorded as being highly acclaimed in Europe in the 1890’s. Then the Dick family received many awards from France in the early 1900’s.
Ironbark Ridge was established in 1984, no more than a kilometre from the original Dick Brother’s cellars and vineyard. It is the oldest established vineyard in this region. Ironbark Ridge currently has 6 acres under vine with plantings of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Grenache and also smaller parcels of Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier. In addition there are also new plantings of Dolcetto, Verdelho and Nebioli. All the vines here at Ironbark Ridge were hand planted and are also hand picked.
Paradine wines is nestled at the top of the hill at Harrisville village, overlooking the working vines and the beautiful surrounds of the Scenic Rim. Taste exquisite wines at the "Old Barncellar" door that has been lovingly restored with 360 degree views over the property. Relax on the wonderful veranda or amongst the vines and enjoy country style hospitality, the views, the great wines and the delightful platters.
All Paradine grapes are hand picked for quality and new varities are being developed. Some varieties include Cabernet, Mourvedre and Durif.
Discover the delights of the country while visiting Normanby Wines. Experience quiet relaxation that is so near, yet, so far from the madding crowd. Nestled at a comfortable distance between the Cunningham Highway and Boonah Rd, lies the sleepy little village of Harrisville (Fat cow in the ABC mini series). Relax, view the scenery from the shady Courtyards while tasting the wines that are Unique to the soil and climate – and you’ll be Very pleasantly surprised. BBQ,s available. Time permitting look around the vineyard where all the grapes are carefully hand picked for premium quality. Normanby Wines has a large range of wines to taste, these include:
Verdelho, Viognier, Durif, Shiraz, Chambourcin, Grenache, Merlot, Red & White Port, and they are one of the very few Queensland vineyards to grow Durif.
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard is located 10 kilometres south of Boonah on a rise in the Teviot Valley on the way to Mount Alford, in beautiful South East Queensland, Australia.
hey are an easy one hour drive from Brisbane, or a one and a half hour drive from the Gold Coast.
Easy drinking Shiraz and boutique Chambourcin wines are available with picturesque views of the Scenic Rim mountains.
Car parking and a Barrel Room are easily accessable. In 2000 the idea arose of establishing a vineyard in the Boonah area following a six weeks long tour of vineyards in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare, Limestone Coast, Coonawarra, Yarra Valley, Canberra - Yass, Hunter Valley, Hastings River, New England plateau, Granite Belt and the Scenic Rim of Southeast Queensland. Over 70 vineyards were visited and keen observations made of viticulture, winemaking and sales activities.
An analysis of the necessary parameters for successful wine growing was made with the assistance of the University of New England and following successful soil tests the initial vines were planted at Bellbrook in August 2003. These vines were grafted Chambourcin cuttings procured from the Mildura region. Grafted Shiraz cuttings were planted in 2004 and additional Chambourcin vines were planted in 2005.
A total of 2200 vines comprise Bunjurgen Estate.