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(ish) drive away. Cheers to that.
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 do a winer tour with all the gals for a very good time. Cedar Creek Estate also boasts the Arthur Hamblin Art Gallery if sipping wine overlooking the vineyards doesn’t quite fill your cultural cup.
Where: 104-144 Hartley Road, 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 $10 per person including six tastings.
Where: 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. There’s a nine hole golf course too. FUN.
Where: 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. Take the kids who can also run around and take the resident alpacas for a walk around.
Where: 852 Lamington National Park Road, 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.
Where: 220 Clagiraba Road, Mount Nathan
Words by Kirra Smith.