If a day of sampling new and different food and wine sounds like your idea of heaven, you are the perfect candidate for one of south east Queensland's many gourmet food tours. Eat and drink your way around restaurants, vineyards, orchards and eateries, with a guided or self-guided experience.
Culinary Discovery presents a selection of fine food and wine tours within Brisbane. The staff consists of four locals with backgrounds in hospitality, ensuring customers receive expert advice and recommendations. The tours are boutique and luxurious, with small groups being ferried around in a luxury four wheel drive.
Customers can choose from three different tours. Brisbane's Best Wine Selection is a five hour wine tasting session and two course lunch, Brisbane's Sweets and Treats provides a half day exploration of chocolates, cupcakes, gelato and French pastries, plus a coffee making class and Taste of Brisbane offers a five hour tour of the best restaurants in town and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Tour prices begin at $125 per person.
The term Granite Belt refers to an area of the Great Dividing Range, which is well-known for producing fruits, vegetables and wine. There are dozens of growers and producers to explore in this area.
The Nude Food Trail is a self-drive tour which showcases local produce in Stanthorpe. Along this track, you will discover orchards, chocolatiers, dairy farmers, bakers and a lot more. The printable online information will provide navigation and information about seasonal produce, palate matching food and wine, recommendations and local events.
The Strange Bird is also a self-drive experience, which takes participants through the wineries of the area. The Granite Belt is responsible for award-winning chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot, and this trail shows drivers the vineyards and wineries where they are produced. Feel free to stop anytime and have a taste – so long as you aren't the one driving, of course.
And for the ultimate guilt free experience, try a Bicycle Tour of Queensland; you can partake in all the delicious gourmet foods and drinks and work it off on the bike ride there and back. This company offers two winery tour rides.
The Somerset Winery Tour takes riders through the Somerset wine district located just outside of Kilcoy. The journey begins with morning tea in Kilcoy before exploring three to five wineries. Samples are offered at each winery and a full lunch is provided.
The South Burnett Winery Tour takes place along a quiet farm road outside Murgon in South Burnett. There are seven wineries in the district and the aim is to get to them all. Lunch is prepared by a French chef at Dusty Hills Wine.
South east Queensland is chock full of quality gourmet food experiences and it's all just waiting for you to come and give it a try.