Queensland wine is produced in the Australian state of Queensland. With over 1300 acres of land for the purpose of growing quality wines, Queensland has gained itself not only national, but international acclaim as well. Chardonnay, Semillion, Shiraz, Semillion, Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the region have won the respect of wine lovers from far and wide.
Granite Belt, South Burnett, Gold Coast Hinterland , Sunshine Coast Hinterland, North Burnett, Somerset Valley, Western Downs are Queensland wine regions. A special feature of Queensland is the making of a ministerial portfolio for undertaking the charge of the progress of the wine industry and the wine tourism industry in the region.
History of Queensland Wine Regions
The history of Queensland wine can be traced back to the latter half of the 19th century when the wine industry was established in the region in 1860. Though the starting was small, the industry developed over the years with 1500 acres of land being devoted for the purpose in the present times. Specifically over the past seven years, the region has seen a rapid progress in viticulture and wine making.
Mount Ommaney, Toowomba, Roma and Granite belt were seen to produce wines since long. Romavilla, which is the first winery of the region, is known to supply its wines since recent times to regions outside the state and the country. In the olden times, Queensland wine was produced only for local consumption, but nowadays, owing to its good quality it has gained demand in international markets too. Winemaking in the region also has Italian influence since the early times when winegrowers of the ethnicity grew grapes of a number of varieties in the region.
It was in 1998 that six wineries were developed in the region.
Queensland Wine Regions
The different Queensland Wine Regions are described as below:
- South Burnett – known for its excellent young white wines which have won awards, the region is known to be the home of some of the best Italian wines such as Chardonnays, Merlots, Cabernets, Shiraz and Verdelho.
- Granite Belt – Home to a number of award winning wines, the Granite Belt, the main region of which is Stanthorpe (which is responsible for more than half the percentage of wine produced in Australia), has about half a century wine cellars to its credit.
- Darling Downs- Known for its micro boutique wines, this region has a number of wineries which are doing a roaring business in the present times. A special mention is to be made of Rimfire, Maclagan, a small vineyard which was awarded at the Australian Small Wine Makers Show in 1997 for its Chardonnay which was titled the best Australian wine.