The Granite Belt is one of Australia’s most exciting wine regions. It’s distinctive, cool climate wines are winning critical acclaim and accolades like never before and slowly but surely the wine drinking public are changing their perceptions of “Queensland Wine”.
This shift does not come about by accident. It is the result of much hard work by many across all elements of the the local industry.
- Viticulture practices across the region have improved with mechanisms, such as the vineyard walks and QCWT workshops, in place to share knowledge and experience.
- Our regional viticulture has also benefitted from the support of a number of industry groups. Wine Australia and the Australian Wine Research Institute, deliver and fund workshops a dn learning opportunities attuned to regional requirements. Through the Queensland Wine Industry Association, Wine Australia fund trials and extension projects to ensure our vintners remain at the forefront of the industry.
- The Queensland College of Wine Tourism provides a focal point for the industry, providing access to services and training beyond what would be expected in an industry of this size.
The Vineyard for the Future at the QCWT is a jointly funded project trialling 94 varieties of vines looking closely at their growth habits and the wine produced in Queensland’s unique growing conditions.
- The regional, focus on Alternative Varieties has been a game changing strategy. Coupled with the Strangebird Alternative Variety Wine Trail marketing initiative, this strategy has placed the Granite Belt ahead of a significant market shift towards new and exciting varieties.
- Our winemakers have gathered knowledge and experience from all corners of the globe and so armed, willingly take on the challenge of making wines that are distinctively Granite Belt.
- The regional tourism industry has a long history of working together to ensure the Granite Belt is marketed as a tourism destination. The success of these efforts cannot be doubted as the Granite Belt has overcome numerous hurdles to position itself as one of Queensland strongest local tourism brands.