The tradition of winemaking on Ballandean Estate was began in 1930, when Salvatore Cardillo and his young daughter Guiseppa came to settle in Ballandean. With the flood of Italian immigrants who settled in certain parts of Queensland in the first half of the century came many customs and values from the homeland... including a love of good food and wine.
Father and daughter planted table grapes on the farm, and from these made quantities of bulk red wine.  Through war and tough times, together they created a life and business in Ballandean.


Our first vintage was released


A young Italian widower Alfio Puglisi arrived in Stanthorpe after years of cutting cane in Innisfail.  He met and married Guiseppa and joined the family business to continue producing bulk red wine and other mixed farming.  They had three children Angelo, Mary and Sam.


When Angelo and new bride Mary took over the farm from Angelos’ parents in 1968, they saw the potential for a new expanded wine industry and decided to make and bottle wine commercially. Angelo and Mary replanted the vineyard, moving from table grapes to more marketable varieties of wine grapes. These were some of the first wine grapes to be planted on the Granite Belt and still consistently produce quality grapes.


The Cellar Door was opened for tasting and sales, firstly as Puglisi Cellars and then as Sundown Valley Vineyards


First Gold Medal at the Brisbane RNA


The winery name was changed to Ballandean Estate Wines


First Exports begin to UK, followed by Taiwan, USA, and Canada


Ballandean Estate Inducted into the QLD Tourism Hall of Fame


Ballandean Estate inducted into the Qld Hall of Fame by Family Business Australia


Today Ballandean Estate produces a large range of wines including alternative grape varieties such as Fiano, Sylvaner, Saperavi, Durif and Nebbiolo.
The production facilities at Ballandean Estate are well-equipped and continual investment ensures that modern technology is well integrated.  Ballandean Estate is also a contract wine production facility.
The winery boasts the oldest working barrels in the state, these 150 year old relics stand pride of place in the restaurant are filled with ageing Liqueur Muscat and Port.
The busy and comfortable Cellar Door is open every day from 9-5 and you will be greeted by friendly and knowledgable staff, who more than likely are one of the family.
Ballandean Estates most outstanding feature is the commitment of the family to excellence. As a team, the Puglisi family is committed to building a successful business, increasing awareness of the industry and promoting the region by organising events that attract large numbers of tourists and encourage them to return again and again.