January 7, 2011
The Sunshine Coast is a geographically stunning wine region featuring boutique wineries and vineyards producing premium award winning wines. The cellar doors and restaurants of this region offer the visitor a personalised and varied wine tourism experience. The region is one of the most diverse and fastest growing wine regions in Queensland. It encompasses vineyards situated high up in the cooler climate Blackall Range, Kenilworth and Traveston areas through to the milder climates in the valleys near the coast.
This diversity of micro climates allow for a wide range of grape varieties to be grown within the region. These range from plantings of Shiraz, Chambourcin and Chardonnay through to Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All are small boutique vineyards who hand-pick their grapes and hand prune their vines. The personalised attention in the vineyards allow for wines that are distinctive in character.
The Sunshine Coast wineries celebrate the enjoyment of wine and good food. Many of the wineries offer restaurants, cheese platters, gourmet picnics and winery and vineyard tours. The cellar doors are filled with people passionate about their vineyards and wine, and who love to share the experience of Queensland wines for the Queensland life style.
So, if you’re looking for a relaxing wine experience amongst some of the most scenic countryside in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast wine region is for you. Two are available within an hour of Rainbow Beach…
Dingo Creek Winery, Traveston
Dingo Creek Winery has been described as one of the prettiest wineries on the Sunshine Coast and overlooks the majestic Mount Cooroora. “Come to Cooloola” and visit our vineyard. We are located at Traveston in the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Noosa and Gympie in south east Queensland. See our location map for directions.
Over morning tea, the owner, a wine buff from years back will give you an informative lesson on grape growing and ensure that your visit is memorable. You will also be given an opportunity to enjoy wine tasting from our range of premium wines from Dingo Creek Vineyard. Sample at the cellar door and sample lunch on our deck – please book ahead for meals.
DINGO CREEK WINE, JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON THE WEEKEND OF THE 30TH APRIL AND 1ST OF MAY 2011. Group bookings for bush tucker workshops are also available.
Sweet Water Hill Wines, Anderleigh
Sweet Water Hills specialises in low chemical, lactose and gluten free wines. Winemaker Tony Totivan and his family moved to this property in 1981 from Geelong, Victoria. Tony was born in Hungary and has a proud family tradition for many generations. The property has nearly 4 hectares of both wine and table grapes. The property earned the name “Sweet Water” because the rainwater the family collected tasted so sweet.
Produces: Dry and Sweet Table Wines, Fortified Wines. Chardonnay, Semillon, Colombard, Summer Delight, Muscat, Shiraz and Sweet Red, Chambourlin, Cabernet Shiraz, White Port.
Cellar door sales and tastings open seven days from 10.00am 5.00pm. Sweet Water Hills is open for morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches and available for functions. Please phone ahead for catering purposes.
With a further 10 cellar doors, the region offers diverse tourism experiences. From verandah dining overlooking vines, barrel tastings in the cellar doors, relaxing with a glass of great Queensland wine by the harbour or having a break in some of the gorgeous vineyard cottages and guest houses, there is something for everyone.