Darling Downs Vineyards
The Toowoomba region in southeast Queensland country was a flourishing wine producing area at the turn of the century but the industry declined soon after. However the region is undergoing a spectacular rebirth. Many micro boutique wineries are now scattered throughout the Darling Downs and larger commercial ventures are being established.
These vineyards and wineries are once again producing nationally recognised wines.
Rimfire at Maclagan was the winner of the best Chardonnay in Australia at the Australian Small Winemakers Show in 1997, proving that a young, little known vineyard can produce quality award-winning wines.
Another fine Queensland winery is Governors choice winery at Westbrook. They are known for their award winning wines, wide selection of home cooked food and 41/2 star self contained cottages. All wines are 100% estate grown, processed and bottled.
Preston Peak is another cellar near Toowoomba is at the top of the Toowoomba Range. It has magnificent views over lush valleys below, making this spot a beautiful setting for tourists and wine lovers alike.
Toowoomba Hills is a small boutique winery that specialises in Italian style wines.
Less than 1.5 hours west of Toowoomba is Jimbour House. This magnificent property has its own 50 acre vineyard and features their own wine label "Jimbour wines".
The choice of accommodation available in the Darling Downs includes: four star hotels, family-style motels, old fashioned country pubs, self contained cottages, camping caravan sites as well as B&B's - some are grand Victorian mansions and farm stays on working properties.
Here is a list of wineries in this area
Governor's Choice Winery & Cottages - Berghofer Road, Westbrook Qld 4350
Governor's Choice offers quality wines in relaxed comfortable surroundings overlooking the Toowoomba ranges.
Gowrie Mountain Estate Womba Wines - 2 Warrego Highway, Kingsthorpe Toowoomba Qld 4400
Situated northwest of Toowoomba in the heart of the Darling Downs and only 15 minutes from Toowoomba on the Warrego Highway.
Highfield Wines (Mail Order Only) - Highfields Qld 4352
Estate grown wines are now available via mail order. The cellar door is currently under development.
Jimbour Wines - "Jimbour", Jimbour Station Road, Jimbour Qld 4006
Jimbour is one of the oldest stations on the Darling Downs, dating from 1841.
Preston Peak Wines - 31 Preston Peak Lane via Preston Boundary Road Toowoomba Qld 4350
Preston Peak's Toowoomba cellar door offers an extensive range of wines to suit all palates and prices, from gold medal winning Chardonnays and Reds to the famous 'Golden Gleam'.
Rangemore Estate - 366 Malling-Boundary Road, Maclagan Qld 4352
Rangemore Estate is a grazing and vineyard property located 80 kilometres north west of Toowoomba high up in the foot hills of the Glorious Bunya Mountains.
Rimfire Vineyards and Winery - Via Bismarck Street, Maclagan Qld 4352
Rimfire is a state of the art boutique winery with an established reputation for excellence in winemaking and high standards of service.
Toowoomba Hills Estate - Drayton Connection Road and Shepperd Road, Vale View via Toowoomba 4350
Located just 6 kilometres south of Toowoomba. Indulge in a range of hand-crafted fine wines and tasty treats. Enjoy your day in our wine garden, nestled between the Darling Downs and the hills of Toowoombas Great Dividing Range.
Wedgetail Ridge Estate - 656 Kingsthorpe-Haden Road, Kingsthorpe Qld 4352
Fully working winery. Cellar door with continental cakes, specialty teas and espresso coffee.
MT Tully Vines - 320 Mt Tully Road Stanthorpe QLD 4380