Strange Bird Alternative Wine

Strange Bird

Strange Bird is the quirky name given to the Granite Belt's self drive alternative wine trail.
The latest edition of the Strangebird Alternative Wine Trail has just been released with some classic favourites now making the cut, and some rare varieties steeped in European history, the trail is more exciting than ever.
With 25 varieties on the trail, wine and food lovers have a unique opportunity to pair food perfectly with an alternative wine variety. Gone are the days when Shiraz accompanied red meat and Chardonnay paired with seafood. The alternate varieties now available mean you can fine-tune your wine choice to create a more individual food and wine experience, creating the perfect balance of flavours.

Looking for something beyond Chardonnay & Shiraz?

Unique to Australia, StrangeBird is the quirky moniker that identifies the alternative wine varieties produced on the Granite Belt.
Pursuing the StrangeBird trail will give you a chance to dip into a bottle of Viognier or Mourvedre; learn how to pronounce Gewürztraminer or discuss the perfect food match for a bottle of Tempranillo.
The Granite Belt is a premium boutique wine region. Wine has been produced here for generations, with the first vines planted by an Italian Catholic priest more than 100 years ago. Bless you Father!
The Granite Belt is a versatile growing region with a unique terrior, due to varying elevation ranging from 700m to 1200m above sea level - creating some of the highest altitude wines in Australia.
Apart from more traditional styles, the region is quickly gaining recognition as Australia’s favourite for alternative wine varieties.
To be considered alternative a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (ABWC).
Tagged the ‘next generation of wine’, alternative varietals have been popular in leading European wine regions for generations, and are emerging in popularity because of their ability to match perfectly with food.
On the StrangeBird wine trail you will not be short of choice. Elevate your taste, discover a sense of adventure and educate your palate. Follow the trail, take a detour, adopt a strange bird and take it home

Wine Wheel

Compare our Strangebirds on the wine wheel with more traditional varieties.
The Wine Wheel

Which wines should you look out for?

These are James Halliday's 2016 Wine Companion StrangeBird favourites - rated 94 points and above
  • Golden Grove Estate - Vintage Grand Reserve Granite Belt Mourvedre 2012 - 97
  • Boireann - Granite Belt Tannat 2013 – 95
  • Boireann - Granite Belt Mourvedre 2013 – 95
  • Heritage Estate - Granite Belt Fiano 2014 – 95
  • Ballandean Estate Wines - Messing About Granite Belt Saperavi 2013 – 94
  • Ballandean Estate Wines - Late Harvest Sylvaner 2014 – 94
  • Boireann - La Cima Superiore Granite Belt Barbera 2013 – 94
  • Boireann - La Cima Granite Belt Sangiovese 2013 - 94
  • Heritage Estate - Reserve Granite Belt Tempranillo 2014 – 94
  • Heritage Estate - Wild Ferment Granite Belt Marsanne 2013 – 94
  • Just Red Wines - Granite Belt Tannat 2014 - 94
  • 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.


StrangeBird Alternative Wine Trail - 2014 Edition

 Strange Bird cover 2014-crop


See Strange Bird on
ABC Landline


Who has StrangeBirds?

Today there are 24 participating cellar doors in the Granite Belt which have 25 alternative varieties including:

Ballandean Estate Wines 
fiano, malbec, nebbiolo, saperavi, sylvaner, viognier
Bent Road Wine
fiano, marsanne, verdelho, tempranillo
Boireann Winery 
mourvedre, nebbiolo, sangiovese, tannat, barbera
  Bungawarra Wines 
gewurztraminer, malbec
Casley Mount Hutton Winery 
chenin blanc, viognier
  Golden Grove Estate 
barbera, durif, malbec, mourvedre, nero d’avola, tempranillo, vermentino
Granite Ridge Wines
petit verdot, tempranillo, verdelho
  Harrington Glen Estate
viognier, petit verdot, verdelho
Heritage Wines
fiano, frontignac, marsanne, mourvedre, savagnin, tempranillo, verdelho, viognier
Hidden Creek Winery
tempranillo, verdelho
Jester Hill Wines 
petit verdot, sangiovese, roussanne, verdelho
  Just Red Wines
Kominos Wines
cabernet franc, frontignon, chenin blanc
Lucas Estate 
cabernet franc, petit verdot, tempranillo, verdelho
Pyramids Road Wines 
mourvedre, verdelho, petit verdot
Banca Ridge (QCWT) 
marsanne, petit verdot, tempranillo, verdelho, viognier
Ravens Croft Wines
pinotage, petit verdot, tempranillo, verdelho
Ridgemill Estate 
jacquez, saperavi, tempranillo, verdelho
Robert Channon Wines
petit verdot, verdelho
  Savina Lane Wines
fiano, viognier, tempranillo, graciano
Summit Estate Wines
malbec, marsanne, mourvedre, petit verdot, tannat, tempranillo, verdelho, viognier
Symphony Hill Wines 
gewurtztraminer, petit verdot, tempranillo, verdelho, viognier, petit manseng, nebbiolo, lagrein
Tobin Wines
tempranillo, verdelho
  Whiskey Gully Wines
malbec, colombard