Thursday, July 28, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Mag - Queensland Granite Belt Wine? Absolutely!

Australia's best selling magazine Better Homes and Gardens believes Banana benders know their grapes. We certainly agree!

The latest edition (September 2011) informs readers to dismiss previous misconceptions great wine doesn't grow in Queensland and discover the Granite Belt.

"Beautiful one day, perfect the next. That's Queensland. Great for sun and surf...but wine? Absolutely. Just a few hours drive inland from your beach towel there are about 150 wineries. The best plantings are in the Granite Belt, a spectacular mountainous area on the New South Wales border, 800 metres above sea level."

And there was more than one wine that tickled the fancy of the magazine's wine journo - "Shiraz seems to be the preferred red, but others, including the newer Spanish and Italian varieties are now blending in. Of the whites, Chardonnay performs well. Semillon and Verdelho can also be terrific, reminiscent of Hunter Valley wines."

What are Better Homes and Garden's favourite wineries - Sirromet, Ballandean Estate, Boireann, Summit Estate, Golden Grove, Robinsons, Heritage Estate and Robert Channon!