There is something special about being served wine in a proper, branded glass by someone who knows the intimate details of the wine you are tasting, while standing just metres away from the very grapes the wine was made from. If this sounds like an experience you'd enjoy, then it's time you explored the wine regions on Brisbane's doorstep.
Queensland's biggest wine region is the Granite Belt, approximately three hours south-west of Brisbane. If distance is no obstacle when it comes to good wine, then the town of Stanthorpe is a great base for exploration. There are plenty of companies in the area offering tours of all the major vineyards, or you can organise your own driving tour. If you are setting out on your own, a few of the wineries to put on your itinerary include Queensland's oldest and largest family-owned winery, Ballandean Estate, as well as Rumbalara, Golden Grove Estate and Summit Estate Wines.
If you are looking for something even closer to home, just 30 minutes from Brisbane in Mt Cotton, is Sirromet Wines. With tours, tastings, an award-winning restaurant and live jazz every Saturday and Sunday, this is an excellent place to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.