Looking for something beyond Chardonnay and Shiraz? Strange Bird is the quirky name we've given to the Granite Belt's alternative grape varieties.
While the winemakers in the Granite Belt, have enjoyed excellent success with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot for years - every now and again, we all like something different.
In fact, there are those who like something different all the time and this is perfect for those with a sense of adventure and those who want to educate their palate.
Pursuing the Strange Bird trail will give you a chance to dip into a bottle of Viognier or Mourvedre; learn how to pronounce Gewurztraminer or Barbera or to discuss the perfect food match for a bottle of Tempranillo.
Tagged the ‘next generation of wine’, alternative varieties have been loved in Europe for generations, and are rapidly emerging in popularity in Australia because of their ability to match perfectly with food
The Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail was launched in 2007, with new varieties and strange bird wineries added to the trail each vintage.
Wander the trail, sample and purchase from more than a dozen alternative wine grape varieties currently produced in vineyards across the Granite Belt.
Today there are 21 participating cellar doors in the Granite Belt which have alternative grape varieties ready for purchase. Some of these wineries are our largest producers, some are small producers. Whatever the size of the operation and the volume of wine for sale, all these winemakers are passionate about what they do and they invite you to meet their Strange Birds. Look out for the Strange Bird symbol and ask them to tell you more about their wines.
- Production of some varieties may be limited so please check availability to avoid disappointment.
- Winery opening hours vary - please check prior to arrival to avoid disappointment. Phone the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre on 1800 SO COOL.