Yes, NSW may be known for the Hunter Valley, Adelaide for Mclaren Vale, WA for Margaret River, but what about something just as special, closer to home? We’ve rounded up some of the best wineries our region has produced, all within reach of Brisbane. Ideal for weekend getaways, day trips and celebrations, this is where you can stay and play while sipping your day away.

Flame Hill Vineyard | Montville

Escape to the Sunshine Coast hinterland and wine, dine and stay! With wine tastings at the cellar door, Flame Hill is known as a heavenly escape on the mountains where they provide 100% estate-grown and hand-picked grapes instantly from their own vineyards. Their award-winning on-site restaurant serves delicious vegetables and grass-fed Angus beef, which is also grown and produced on-site for a farm to plate feeling. Not only will the ambience impress, but the views are breathtaking – from the vineyard, you will have two very opposite but stunning views of the green Sunshine Coast hinterland and the Northern Ocean views to observe while you sit back and sip-away. It makes for a great day trip north, otherwise a romantic weekend getaway. If you want to pull-out all the stops, why not travel by helicopter? Now we’re talking! Explore their Instagram and website for more and what owner, Tony Thompson, has in store.

 

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Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm | Mount Alford

Known for their spectacular lavender fields, the Kooroomba winery overlooks 6-hectare vineyards, fields of purple and scenic rim mountains where you can dive right into wine tastings the vineyard offers. A lavender store is also located on site where you can choose from a variety of oils, candles, perfumes and diffusers. Sophisticated restaurant – The Kooroomba Kitchen is run by head chef Daniel Groneberg, who brings a French countryside inspired menu to the winery with fresh cuisines, paired with curated drops.

 

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Ocean View Estates | Mount Mee

Award winning winery Ocean View Estates in Mount Mee is just over an hour’s drive heading up north from Brisbane and essentially has everything on offer for a refreshing experience. Whether you’re interested in taking a tour of the winery with a professional who will guide you through the works behind wine, a picnic in and amongst the vines of the estate or a two hour horseback ride, the Ocean View Estates has got everybody covered! No one could seriously knock all of this back. For more of a catered dining experience you’ll find the casual Vine and Bine restaurant where every specific meal has its very own wine that is carefully paired to create a sensational dining experience. PS. It also makes for a beautiful wedding destination!

 

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O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards | Canungra

If you’re at the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat anytime soon you might want to pop into the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards for a few hours of delicious wine, food and alpacas! Just over an hour’s drive heading south towards the Gold Coast hinterland you’ll find one of Brisbane’s best and well-known wineries. Not only are there delicious wine tastings available at the cellar door, but once you’ve entered, guests are also invited to spend more leisurely time by having lunch and exploring the grounds afterwards, with the option to stat overnight in their beautiful cabins.

You can choose from either the restaurant where Head Chef Paula will whip up deliciously curated meals from pizzas to salads or have a picnic along the Canungra creek. The picnic baskets provided have all your needs sorted even including a rug, all there is to do is enjoy the views and relax. The best part you ask – the alpaca farm of course! With the animals ready to be taken around the vineyards and fed, this is not to be missed and great for a family day out.

 

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Sirromet | Mt Cotton

Everyone’s heard of Sirromet Winery, but if you haven’t and you’re out there thinking what’s all the fuss about then, we say get out there ASAP for an adventure! Only a 40 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD, you’ll be at the winery in no time to delve right into those awaiting wine tastings. With $5 per person from 10am – 4:30pm, the private wine tastings run for 30 minutes where you have the choice to taste six different drops of your choice. Though, if you’re looking for the full sit-down experience decked out with food and drinks, then maybe the Tuscan Terrace is for you! Replicating an Italian restaurant with fig trees and a 75-metre open deck, you’ll have the selection to choose from some of Brisbane’s freshest eats and delicious wines while overlooking the greenery.

Though the fun doesn’t stop there, Supa Golf is an oversized game with golf balls and clubs enlarged to create a fun, colourful and non-competitive atmosphere. Adult tickets are priced at $18 per person while children under 12 are $15 for the 9-hole game. With impressive views of Moreton and Stradbroke Island, spectacular meals, fine wine and a fun outgoing golfing game for everyone to play, Sirromet is awaiting to welcome those who haven’t indulged in the winery just of yet.

 

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