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Published June 22nd 2016
Explore the Scenic Rimís Wine Trail
Excite your palate with zesty tropical fruit flavours, boiled lollies, spices, caramel and cinnamon. Only one hour's drive from Brisbane, the Scenic Rim is home to a number of boutique wineries. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and soak up the good old-fashioned country hospitality, tasty wine and entertaining yarns.
The best way to explore the region is by car. Here are four great wineries to add to your self-drive wine tasting itinerary:
1. Ironbark Ridge Vineyard
Ironbark Ridge Vineyard is located in Purga, only 40 minutes from Brisbane. The historic tasting room, built in the early 1900's boasts magnificent views of the countryside and is an ideal setting to savour the vineyard's award winning wines.
The vineyard grows nine varieties of grapes, with the first vines planted in 1984. Five wines were available for tasting, including the 2009 Dolchetto, which won first place at the 2016 Boonah Show; the 2014 Shiraz, a rich wine full of spice; and the sweet Fortified Shiraz. In addition to the Ironbark Ridge labels, we were introduced to the second label, Nelson's Ridge, available in Light Red, Classic Red and Pearl.
All grapes are handpicked and if you have ever dreamt of experiencing grape picking, add your name onto the list located by the entrance.
Oozing ambience, this cellar door has been lovingly restored with timber and tin. Located in the sleepy village of Harrisville, Paradine Estate Wines offers country style hospitality.
Six wines were available for tasting including their award winning Cabernet, Mouvedre and Durif wines.
Fruit relishes, jams, chocolates and a variety of other souvenirs are also available for purchase
Tasting cost: No charge Address: 38 North Street, Harrisville, Qld 4307
3. Normanby Wines
Sit back and relax in the courtyard as you enjoy stunning views, award winning wines and fascinating conversations with Normanby Wines owner, Mick. Mick has owned the winery since the 1970's and his knowledge and passion about local history is evident.
Also located in Harrisville, Normanby Wines is situated on seven acres and grows seven varieties of wine. Tours of the vineyard are available.
Nine wines were available for tasting including a 2015 Verdelho with tropical fruit , citrus and orange blossom flavours and the 2007 Durif, rich in plum flavouring.
Located in the Heart of the Scenic Rim with picturesque views of the mountains, Bunjurgen Estate is another great winery to visit. Guests are invited to taste five offerings including the 2015 Chambourcin Rose, a light red wine; Verjuice a non-alcoholic juice made from Shiraz grapes with high acidity and subtle sweetness and the refreshing, sparkling version (with chilled sparkling mineral water).
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the mountain views.
Tasting cost: No charge Address: Intersection of Bunjurgen, F.M.Bell and Brent Roads, Bunjurgen, Qld 4310