South Burnett Vineyards
Located north west of Brisbane, the South Burnett is bordered by the Great Dividing Range and the flourishing red paddocks of Kingaroy. This region is the fastest developing wine area in Queensland. Currently there are 600 acres in 25 vineyards in the area ranging in size from experimental plots of one acre to large commercial vineyards.
There are several cellar door outlets with wine tasting and sales facilities in the region. Excellent results from young vines have seen the production of award winning white wines. Quality has always been of paramount importance and as a testimony to this, three Burnett Valley wineries have achieved medals in their first vintages.
The largest vineyard in Queensland is Clovely Estate with more than 173 hectares under vine. Varieties grown include Chardonnay, semillon, shiraz, merlot, cabernet, verdelho and some Italian varieties.
No visit to this area would be complete without a trip to the Bunya Mountains, which stand 1120 metres above sea level. Visitors can explore numerous walking tracks or camp in the Bunya Mountains National Park. Walking tracks range from 550m to 10 km and lookouts provide breathtaking views.
There are plenty of places to stay in this region, from farm stay properties to log cabins, chalets, guesthouses and campsites.
The South Burnett can be classed as sub-tropical with long summers and mild winters.
Location: 26S, 151E
Annual rainfall: average 740mm
Mean January temperature: 23.8C
Sunshine hours per day: 8.5 hours
Elevation of Kingaroy is 440m.
Here is a list of wineries in this area
Bridgeman Downs - MS 361 Barambah Road, Moffatdale via Murgon Qld 4605
Nestled amongst vineyards and overlooking the tranquil waters of Bjelke-Petersen Reservoir, Bridgeman Downs is the perfect getaway.
Kingaroy Ridge Winery - 448-484 Booie Road, Booie Qld 4610
The Kingaroy Ridge Vineyard is one of the South Burnett's newest and smallest wineries, releasing its first vintage (Cahill's Shiraz) in 2003.
Captains Paddock - 18 Millers Road, Kingaroy Qld 4610
Captains Paddock Vineyard, Cellar Door, Caf and Bed and Breakfast offer a unique opportunity to experience South Burnett wines, food, views and hospitality at their best.
Clovely Estate - Clovely Estate Vineyard, Clovely Lane, Murgon Qld 4605
The vineyards were established in 1997 and 1998 and represent 170 hectares of premium vineyard country.
Copper Country - 14354 Kingaroy Road, Nanango Qld 4615
The two and half acres of vineyard is located just outside Nanango and grows the Shiraz grape.
Crane Winery - Haydens Road, Booie via Kingaroy Qld 4610
Crane Wines is a boutique winery situated on the picturesque Booie Range, with a family history of winemaking, dating back to 1898.
Dusty Hill Vineyard - Barambah Road, Moffatdale Qld 4605
Dusty Hill Vineyard overlooks Bjelke Peterson Dam and offers luxury lake front cottages and accommodation.
Kingsley Grove - 498 Stuart Valley Drive, Kingaroy Qld 4610
Michael and Patricia Berry established Kingsley Grove Vineyard in 1998 when the first vines of several varieties were planted on the site.
Moffatdale Ridge - 593 Barambah Road, Moffatdale Qld 4605
Cellar door is under construction. Planted vineyard in 1997 and now have a selection of white, red and fortified wine for sale.
Pottique Cellar Door - DAguilar Highway, Kingaroy Qld 4610
Open 7 Days a week.
Rodericks Fine Wines - 90 Goschnicks Road, Redgate via Murgon Qld 4605
A family owned vineyard just 10km east of Murgon.
Stuart Range - 67 William Street, Kingaroy Qld 4610"
Situated in the heart of Kingaroy our state of the art winery has been built in the historic 1927 butter factory.
Tipperary Estate B & B and Vineyard - 167 Tipperary Road, Moffatdale Qld 4605
Tipperary Estate offers wine tasting in its well appointed tasting room and dining in its Vintners Restaurant which offers stunning vineyard and panoramic views.
Ziebarth Wines - Foleys Road, Goodger via Kingaroy Qld 4610
Ziebarths cellar door is housed in an original old Queenslander, built in late 1930s by Janet Ziebarths grandfather from timber milled on the cattle property.
Runnymede Vineyard - Runnymede Road Nanango QLD 4615
Whistle Stop Wines - 8 Elk Street Nanango QLD 4615
Whistle Stop Wines, situated in the town of Nanango on the corner of Elk St and Highway 17, is one of the latest cellar doors to open in the new vibrant South Burnett wine region.