Monday, May 17, 2010

Granite Belt Wines Lead Les Grand Vins 2010

This Wednesday the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane launches its 2010 Grand Vins Mercure, a wine list dedicated to showcasing Queensland's increasingly attractive wines.

The Mercure believes it is the first major hotel group in Queensland to take the State's local wines seriously. The 2010 line-up of nine wines, includes six from the Granite Belt.  The dominance of  wine from this region reflects its reputation as the Queensland wine capital. 

The launch of the Queensland Grands Vins list is part of a national roll-out of the concept which features state-based lists. Internationally, Mercure has been offering Grands Vins selections in Europe since 1983. Accor group Regional General Manager Queensland, Neil Scanlan, said that what is really important with the Grands Vins wine list is the pricing.  "We want to dispel the myth that good wine is only associated with high-end restaurants and high-end prices."

Join the early adopters at Mercure Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns to sample the new Grands Vins selection which features wines from Stanthorpe producers Heritage Estate, Symphony Hill Wines, Felsberg Winery, Tobin Wines, Golden Grove Estate and Ballandean Estate.  Other Queensland wines are from Mt Tamborine Vineyard, Witches Falls and Clovely Estate and the selection changes twice a year.

The selection includes Granite Belt Strange Birds Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Tempranillo.