Wine is a beautiful thing. Loved by many and the perfect companion to the next best thing in the world, cheese. Happily, the Gold Coast Hinterland is home to several world-class wineries, all of which are only 45 minutes drive away. Cheers.
Heritage Estate Wines
Heritage Estate Wines is a beautifully restored church that was saved from demolition and transported up the hill from Burleigh Heads. The stunning glass chapel and deck areas allow guests to gaze out over the sweeping valleys as they sip their favourite wines. Heritage Estate Wines have been producing the goods for over 27 years with a range including Moonshine Madness, a Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache and the 2015 Rabbit Fence Red to name a few.
FIND IT: Cnr Bartle Rd and The Shelf Rd, Mt Tamborine
Cedar Creek Estate
With a tree-lined entryway and lush green surroundings, Cedar Creek is all your charming winery dreams come true.
From Sauvignon Blanc to Shiraz and Moscato to Muscat, their impressive wine list is unrivalled and you can taste five of your new favourites for just $4 per person.
Cedar Creek Estate also boasts the Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery if sipping wine overlooking the vineyards doesn’t quite fill your cultural cup. FIND IT: 104-144 Hartley Rd, North Tamborine
Witches Falls Winery
A self-proclaimed small but bold winery, Witches Falls are passionate about big tastes. Not only do owners Jon and Kim love the end product, they’re also pretty keen on the growing, making and matching aspects of the fruity liquid.
The three distinct ranges – Granite Belt, Wild Ferment and Prophecy – can be tasted for $6 per person for a selection of six wines.
FIND IT: 79 Main Western Road, North Tamborine
Passionate about sustainable wine production, Sirromet Wines state-of-the-art, family-run facilities can be found in picturesque Mt Cotton. From the award-winning 2014 Signature Collection Shiraz Viognier and 2012 Saint Jude’s Merlot to a fresh, tingly Vineyard Selection Rose, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the Sirromet cellar door.
Tastings run every day for just $5 per person and you can also choose to do a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard.
FIND IT: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton
Canungra Valley Vineyards
A picture perfect location, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard is a boutique vineyard and historic Queenslander homestead dedicated to fine food and fine wine.
Enjoy a wine tasting, stay for lunch or purchase a gourmet picnic basket and stretch out by Canungra Creek with a bottle of bubbles.
FIND IT: 852 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra
Mount Nathan Winery
Mount Nathan Winery is a progression of the Gibson family’s involvement in the wine industry over generations. After developing a unique range of honey-based products in Cessnock, the winery was born.
Award winning wines include the Bubbly Brut – a not too dry and not too sweet sparkling – and the Autumn White – made up of late picked grapes with explosions of fruit.
If you’re visiting, wine tastings are direct from the barrel.
FIND IT: 220 Clagiraba Rd, Mount Nathan
Words by Kirra Smith.