Queensland doesn't have a great reputation for wines, however there are plenty of wineries around Brisbane with the premium wine growing district being around Maleny and Montville on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Flame Hill Vineyard often comes recommended as part of a scenic drive around Maleny and Montville.
Located just outside of Montville, this winery is within easy reach from Maleny or Montville. The restaurant, outdoor area and vineyards provide excellent views over the rolling country side down to the coast.
The wineries main building has been refurbished to retain its rustic country charm while the use of bold red also manages to give it a modern feeling. It is this blend of tradition and new ideas that has made Australian wines well regarded internationally.
As I have said before, Queensland wines lack behind many of those from more famous wine growing regions in Australia, though this is not for lack of trying. Flame Hill wines tend to be both very fruity, which is okay in a dessert wine or when accompanying a spicy Asian meal. However all the wines I tried there tended to lack refinement. Other people there on the day felt similarly about the wines. Still it is worth trying out Queensland wines and we should expect great improvements to come.
If you want to taste the wines there is only this poorly sheltered outdoor area
The main problem with Flame Hill is that if you are just going to taste wine you are treated like a second class citizen and told you can't sit in the empty restaurant but must sit outside where there is little shelter from the elements, including rain, sun and wind.
This is a fine dining establishment where you are expected to order entree, mains and dessert and of course some accompanying wine, especially at dinner. Entrees start at around $20, mains around $40 and desserts are all $15. Dinner for two can easily cost more than $200 with wine.
While the food is superb I think it is the bill shock that divides the customers into either loving or hating the experience. Perhaps we are now too accustomed to enjoying great meals for far less. Sunday Brunch is often the better option with larger serving sizes and dishes starting around $20.
The service is friendly, but in the Maleny/Montville area this is just normal. The person serving us didn't have a deep understanding of wine, but still provided useful recommendations and was happy to discuss our wine choices with us.
Flame Hill is the premium vineyard in the Maleny/Montville area and is a must visit location for wine lovers. While it has many positives it is not really a place I would want to go back for wine tasting due to the lack of suitable area to relax and enjoy your wines. It is still the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two.
There's plenty of award-winning, world class wines from Queensland - we know many of the producers, they just produce in smaller quantities so unless you go to their cellar doors or meet them at markets/festivals you'd never know they exist.
My husband went to this vineyard today for lunch.
We ordered the breads and a share platter of cold
and cured meats etc.
The food was devine The service was great & friendly It was a little expensive but that's what you expect at a fine dining establishment
Not sure what you mean when you mentioned there is no where to sit and relax to enjoy your wine from the cellar - there was a seating area outside with some covered areas looking over the vineyard.
Overall I would rate Flame Hill 9/10