Wineries, breweries and the distillery of the Scenic Rim
Exploring Brisbane’s backyard means chasing down local goods and producers – and yes, that definitely means cellar door tastings.
Jump in the car and nominate a driver or join a tour to discover the Scenic Rim’s wine, beer and spirit makers.
We've drawn up a handy map to help you plan your day.
Tamborine Mountain area
This cute cellar door is more than just a pretty place. James Halliday once awarded it 5 RED Stars, placing the winery in Australia’s top 4.9 per cent.
Mt Tamborine Vineyard & Winery was the first to establish vines in the area. Head to the cellar door 8:30am-4pm every day and while there enjoy something light from the menu including arancini, bruschetta or an antipasto board.
Stop by Cedar Creek for the largest range of wines in the Scenic Rim. The cute estate has sprawling gardens, a restaurant and a purpose-built glow worm cave. Wine and worms? Okay, sure.
Stand on the deck of Auchenflower House overlooking lush green valleys of vines. The restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine and Devonshire tea. Nearby the property’s old billiard room acts as the cellar door for tastings.
While the main vineyards are located out at Stanthorpe, there is a cellar door and restaurant at Hampton Estate on Tamborine Mountain. Drop by for a tasting and stay on for lunch.
Another Granite Belt winery, Mason Wines has a cellar door and Eden Restaurant at Mt Tamborine. Wine tasting is available daily, as is lunch.
On the way up to O’Reilly’s stop into the Canungra Valley Vineyard for tastings and perhaps enjoy a picnic on the lawn. The property backs onto a creek and if you’re quiet enough you might just spot a platypus.
This family-run winery is nestled at the base of the famous Lamington National Park. Just 10 minutes from the township of Canungra, the bistro has a cafe menu to pair with wine tastings.
Can’t convince someone to be designated driver? You can stay the night here. Wander the vineyard and taste the wines with a cheese or antipasto platter – their cellar door is open to the public of Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm between April and September.
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
This 60-acre property 10km from the town of Boonah has a large cellar door with rose, verjuice, sparkling verjuice and cherry port as the stars.
Showcasing vermentino, fiano, tempranillo and montepulciano varieties, the Overflow Estate 1895 is now operating a cellar door, located on the edge of picturesque Lake Wyaralong. Sip on divine drops and nibble on local produce from 11am-2pm Thursdays & Fridays, and 10am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays.
Sample and purchase from a big range of exclusive premium wines and enjoy contemporary Australian cuisine at this vineyard and lavender farm. Simply pop into the cellar door for tastings then stay a little longer at the restaurant overlooking a six hectare vineyard and breathtaking lavender fields.
Nestled at the top of the hill at Harrisville, Paradine overlooks the working vines and beautiful surrounds of the Scenic Rim. Its cellar door is open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10am to 4pm, and by appointment during the week.
Breweries & Distillery
Just off Tamborine Mountain’s famous Gallery Walk lies the purpose-built Fortitude Brewing Company cellar door and brewery. Stop in to try a paddle of beers from the brewery’s two labels – Fortitude and Noisy Minor. There is a restaurant in the building and a cheese shop too.
It all started more than 20 years ago when a small family on the mountain was growing too much fruit. Now the internationally awarded distillery produces liquor, vodka and schnapps using native flavours and local produce. Drop by for a bottle of the lilly pilly gin, eucalyptus gum leaf vodka or lemon myrtle liqueur to name a few.
Another family-owned brewery, Scenic Rim also makes the most of the region’s crisp clean water and natural ingredients. We can’t think of a better place to brew beer with the brewery situated in the 100 year Mount Alford General Store.
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