Granite Belt Terroir
The Granite Belt offers more than 55 vineyards and 40 boutique cellar doors, and approximately 530 hectares of vineyard plantings.
It’s a versatile growing region due to varying elevation. Almost 65% of planting are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot vines. While Verdelho represents a mere 5% of all plantings, it has achieved significant success. The Granite Belt is also a major grower of alternative wine varieties creating its famous Strangebird Alternative Wine Trail.
The Granite Belt is unique in Australia for its combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils, the cool arid climate and high rock content soil creating conditions which mirror great wine regions elsewhere in the world. Comparisons are made to Clare Valley, northern central Spain (Rioja and Ribera del Duero), the northern Rhone (Hermitage and Cote Rotie) and south west France.
Altitude: 600 – 1000 metres - the vineyards of the Granite Belt are amongst the highest in Australia.
Seasonal temperatures (Celsius): Spring: 5.1 – 25.2; Summer: 14.1 –27.4; Autumn: 9.5 – 24.9; Winter: 0.9 – 16.2. (Bureau of Meteorology)
Wine appreciation can be heightened by learning more about the wine making process, the characteristics of the various wine styles and grape varietals. In Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt we can offer you opportunities to increase your wine knowledge and appreciation, from winery tours with the winemaker to weekend courses.
How Does the 100 Point System Work?
A 100 point system is used by the world's leading wine judges. As a guide the rating is as follows:
- 94-100Exceptional in every way. The pinnacle of the style.
- 90-93Excellent quality. A wine of style and character, with all components in balance.
- 87-89Good quality, with sound varietal character.
- 84-86Ordinary and affording little drinking pleasure.
- 80-83Poor quality, lacking balance or fruit integrity.
- 75-79Faulty or distinctly lacking in some way.
Vineyard & Winery Tour at Ballandean Estate Wines
Winemaker for a Weekend at Queensland College of Wine Tourism
For bookings and information phone (07) 4685 5050.
Viticulture/Winemaking, (Wine) Tourism, Hospitality and Business Training.
The Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe offers secondary, TAFE and tertiary levels through its partnership with USQ, Faculty of Sciences, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and 13 Gateway Schools to the Wine Tourism industry. Information (07) 4685 5050 or visit the QCWT website.
Wine Master Class Service for the Hospitality Trade
Queensland's wine industry is one of the state's best keep secrets and it is growing. The history of the industry dates back to the 1860s - and like all good wines, it has developed with age.
With over 1500 hectares of vines and a new generation of talented people at the top, the creation of quality Queensland wines has had wide acceptance nationally and internationally.The Granite Belt is the largest of the Queensland wine regions, with a over 500 hectares under vine.
The peak industry body is The Queensland Wine Industry Association Inc (QWIA). QWIA is a state body formed in 2001 to assist with the co-ordination of the Queensland wine industry, with the support of the Queensland Government.
For further information visit QWIA's website.