Strange Bird is the quirky name given to the Granite Belt’s alternative grape varieties. The Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail was launched in 2007, with new varieties and strange bird wineries added to the trail each vintage. This tour is perfect for those who like something different, for those with a sense of adventure and those who want to educate their palate.
Learn More About Strange Bird Here
Click Here for PDF of the Granite Belt Alternative Wine Trail Map & Brochure
9:45 am: PICK UP FROM PRE-ARRANGED LOCATION
We can pick you up from your preferred location. Just let us know and we will be there.
Ridgemill estate is located in the heart of the Granite Belt in Queensland’s premium wine growing region. The vineyard is orientated north to south to make the most of the sun’s rays to ripen the bunches slowly and evenly to produce distinctive, rich, and flavoursome wines from the cool climate region.
Granite Ridge Wines is situated in the highlands of the Ballandean Valley, in the heart of Queensland’s premier wine district, the Granite Belt. Have a bit of fun as you sample some unique wines in a quirky setting. Meet the winemaker, Dennis and discover why this area is ideal for the Strange Bird varieties, and if you enjoy them that much why not walk away with Granite Ridge’s Strange Bird sampler pack.
12:30 pm: LUNCH AND A TASTE – BALANCING HEART
A wine tasting and scrumptious two meals await you. Their knowledgeable staff will take you through their extensive list of wines, featuring elegant whites, serious reds, the ever-popular ‘Campfire’ range including alternative varieties such as Sagrantino, Verdelho, and Viognier. After your tasting, you couldn’t ask for more as you sit down to enjoy your meal and take in the breathtaking, natural beauty that has been bestowed upon this vineyard.
2:10 pm: GOLDEN GROVE ESTATE * (currently closed Wednesdays)
Golden Grove Estate was first settled by Mario and Nita Costanzo in 1946 to grow grapes and stone fruit for the fresh fruit market. Leftover grapes were processed into bulk wine to sell to the Italian immigrant community. Sam and Grace Costanzo took over the family farm and as the wine industry emerged classic wine grape varieties were planted for the making of commercial wine. Ray Costanzo followed in his father and grandfathers’ footsteps to become the winemaker at Golden Grove Estate. In recent years lesser-known varieties such as ‘Strangebird’ varieties have been planted and Ray has made these his speciality.
3:15 pm: BALLANDEAN ESTATE*
Established in 1932 by the Puglisi family, wine has been made on the Estate since 1932, while the cellar door was opened to the public in 1970. Ballandean Estate blends the history of five generations with modern winemaking methods that results in a remarkable wine experience. Producing quality, boutique wines that express the unique characters of the Granite Belt are what keeps the Puglisi family enthusiastic and innovative.
*THESE WINERIES HAVE INTRODUCED A TASTING FEE OF $5 PER PERSON, THIS FEE IS REDEEMABLE ON YOUR PURCHASE OF WINE.
**Please note: Wineries and order of itinerary may vary due to availability. Times are also a guide and subject to the amount of fun you are having.
4 Passengers: $190.00 per person
6+ Passengers: $170.00 per person
8+ Passengers: $150.00 per person
10 Passengers: $130.00 per person
For groups 3 or less, please contact us for pricing.
Included in these prices is your visit to wineries, food boutiques, sumptuous lunch & luxury transfers.
Prices are for pick up at 10:00 am at one pick up and drop off location returning at approximately 4:30 pm.
Please advise when enquiring, if your accommodation or pick-up location is outside of Stanthorpe CBD as itinerary may vary and surcharges may apply.
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