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© Tourism and Events Queensland

Centered around the town of Stanthorpe, the Granite Belt has a long history of viticulture and winemaking and is one of the highest wine regions in Australia, with vineyards at more than 1000 metres above sea level.

 

The region has many vineyards and orchards, a comprehensive calendar of events and stunning national parks which combine to make it a popular short break destination for wine tourism. 

28° 40'S
Latitude
810m
Altitude
519mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

Like Shiraz, this wine is full, dark and rich in flavour. Cassis, red berry and sweet fruit flavours predominate, attesting to the warm climate and the use of rich, vanillin oak.

Chardonnay

This variety performs well in the region. The wine tends to be soft but have pleasant and clear varietal character in a nectarine and melon spectrum. Many wineries produce both oaked and unoaked Chardonnay to good effect.

Shiraz

This is the one consistently distinctive wine style of the region; dark in colour, strong in body, flavour and tannins. Above all else, is its redolent of spice when young, developing into a soft, sweet velvety fruit with time in bottle, reminiscent of the Shiraz from the Hunter Valley. 

Verdelho

This variety appears to be well suited to the warmer days and cool night the region offers. Wines are often aromatic, with herbaceous and tropical fruit flavours. 

Viognier

Plantings of Viognier have increased rapidly over the past five years. These wines are often dry, with a fruity, citrus palate. Small quantities of Viognier may be added to Shiraz to give lightness, delicacy and perfume to the red wine.

Top varieties grown in Granite Belt
Climate
  • An altitude of more than 800 metres (2625 feet) on the eastern spine of the Great Dividing Range allows the Granite Belt to overcome the hurdles to producing premium quality wine that come from its subtropical climate. 
  • Sub zero winter nights, spring frosts, cold nights at the beginning and end of the season, relatively low humidity, peak summer temperatures moderated by sub-tropical monsoon influences and intermittent heavy late season rainfall all contribute to the unusual climate in the Granite Belt.  
Soil
  • The Granite Belt, a massive granite intrusion approximately 200 million years old, is the northern most extension of the New England Tableland, a stepped plateau of hills and plains with elevations of between 600 and 1500 metres (1,968 to 4,921 feet) on Permian sedimentary rocks, intrusive granites and extensive Tertiary basalts. 
  • Rainfall, temperature and soils change with topography.