The South Burnett region has a modern history of viticulture dating back to 1993. South Burnett is rich in diversity and natural beauty. The regional climate can be classed as sub-tropical, with its diverse range of soils all having a pH level suited to viticulture. The region's main wine styles include Verdelho, Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

 

The town of Kingaroy is arguably the most well-known of the South Burnett towns and the majestic Bunya Mountains are also located nearby, providing a lush backdrop for the South Burnett Valley. The regions’ attractions include the beauty of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, as well as an abundance of beautiful beaches.

26° 00'S
Latitude
300-600m
Altitude
490mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

This region is producing medium bodied wines with soft, sweet berry flavours. As the vines age, more extract and structure can be expected when vintage conditions are favourable. 

Chardonnay

As one might expect, this ever-flexible and accommodating variety performs well in the region. The wine tends to be soft with pleasant and clear varietal character in a nectarine and melon spectrum. The use of quality oak and modern winemaking practices has produced many wines with good complexity and structure. 

Semillon

The style of the Semillon has some of the softness of the region’s Chardonnay and is relatively quick to develop. However, it does provide a distinctive varietal flavour, with some citrus and herb characters. 

Shiraz

The warm climate produces wines which are smooth and supple, light to medium bodied and with soft tannins. There are none of the spice and pepper notes sometimes evident in the Shiraz of the Granite Belt. Instead, ripe cherry, plum, mint and chocolate flavours are present in varying degrees. 

Verdelho

South Burnett Verdelho has been well received. This variety appears to be well suited to warmer days and cool night. Wines are often aromatic, with herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours. 

Top varieties grown in South Burnett
Climate
  • The climate can be classed as sub-tropical. November through to March is warm, with and the heaviest rainfall during December, January and February. 
Soil
  • There is a diverse range of soils, described in ascending order as light sands, a variety of light clay red soils through to brown and black clays. 
  • The red, brown and black soils are of moderate to high fertility, and all have a pH level suited to viticulture.