Monday, September 28, 2009

Desert Storm on the Granite Belt

Anyone on the Granite Belt this past week could be forgiven for thinking they were in the Middle East. The huge sandstorm tinged the sky orange, and blurred the usually picturesque landscape.

Most of us spent the day trying to keep the dust out of our eyes, mouths and homes. But the avid eye of local photographer Cory Rossiter took advantage of the unusual scene and used it to his artistic advantage at the Granit Belt pyramid. The images, taken at around 8am at Ballandean, are reminisce of the originals - minus the goats, camels and Egyptians.

Quite apt really, considering the Muslim world is celebrating Eid - although at least in Stanthorpe we can enjoy it with great wine.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Harrington Glen finalist in Young Winemakers award

The Granite Belt has produced plenty of fine award winning vintages of late. But when such accolades go to our young winemakers, especially those who have studied, trained and worked in the region, we can’t help but feel a special pride.

Harrington Glen winemaker Stephen Oliver was recently named as a 2009 Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year finalist. The winner of ten finalists, selected from across Australia and New Zealand, will be awarded the prestigious title at Sydney in November.

Stephen completed his viticulture and winemaking studies at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, has trained under local wine guru Jim Barnes and produces award winning wine for Harrington Glen Estate in Glen Aplin.

To learn more about this award, visit the Wine Society Young Winemakers website. Or better still, come visit Stephen at Harrington Glen and stay at the unique Trainhouse.

If a short break to the Granite Belt is not an option at the moment, come sample and purchase his wine at the Granite Belt Growers Market at Southbank this Sunday, 20th September on Little Stanley Street from 10am.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Take the road less travelled to the Granite Belt

A short break in the country needn't be a hurried affair. Sometimes it's the journey which is the main event.

Driving to Stanthorpe via the New England highway is obviously the most expedient way of getting to the Granite Belt quickly. But very occasionally the highway may be closed, and at other times the spirit may wander. If that's the case you need to know you can still find us!

Spring is a time for romance and new experiences so it's a good time to share the latest Granite Belt scenic route map with you. See you here! Not sure? Learn more at