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Granite Belt

Few regions have dedicated themselves to visitors with the same passion as Granite Belt, with the full array of options. It has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of B&Bs, eco-lodges, glamping sites and more. Restaurants and cafes abound with people making the pilgrimage to join local chefs for special dinners and events, or just a good feed. Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Brisbane on a radically improved highway system, the scenic journey is a breeze. Most pleasing of all, the quality of wine here continues to skyrocket. Ken Gargett

Image courtesy of Bent Road.

Bent Road

Star Cellar Door

0418 190 104

Of all of the cellar doors featured in the annual awards, few are as idiosyncratic as Bent Road. It’s not the easiest winery to find and you will be traversing dirt roads to get there, but it’s worth it. And, if you have not been in a church for a while, that’s about to change. The tasting hall is an old wooden church, built in 1901 and relocated hundreds of kilometres to a hill next to the winery. Ask the team about how it almost disappeared down that hill when it first arrived. Glen Robert and the crew are making seriously good wines and some very different ones as well (some of the better orange wines made anywhere). They use huge, ancient barrels, buried amphorae (Georgian qvevri), even square barrels. As well as the primary label, look out for the La Petite Mort range with its truly unique offerings. KEN  GARGETT

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2020 La Petite Mort Qvevri Gentil White, A$35

Ridgemill Estate
Best Large Cellar Door &
Best Accommodation

(07) 4683 5211

Symphony Hill
Best Small Cellar Door

(07) 4684 1388

Tobin Wines
Best Tasting Experience

(07) 4684 1235

Ballandean Estate
Cellar Door with Best Food

(07) 4684 1226

Savina Lane
EXPERIENCE (The Curious Wine Encounter, and Wine Decoded)

0419 723 755

Golden Grove Estate
EXPERIENCE (Private Tasting)

(07) 4684 1291