Monday 23 September marks the resurrection of popular visitor offering At Our Table, an intimate look behind the scenes at Queensland’s oldest family-owned and -operated winery on the Granite Belt. Ballandean Estate Wines has partnered with Barrelroom operators Matt and Bobbi Wells to deliver the ultimate Italian family and feast experience.
Over the six years that the Wells operated The Barrelroom prior to Crane and Chambers, the husband-wife team built a loyal following for their modern Australian menu with Italian influences, a natural fit for the Puglisi family winery and its down-to-earth hospitality.
The apple blossoms and wildflowers are in full bloom. Spring is just the perfect time to visit the Granite Belt and for Ballandean Estate to reinvent At Our Table. This weekly event is a celebration of family, food and wine, a personal invite from the Puglisi family into our world of winemaking, viticulture and local produce on the Granite Belt.
Our family has been making wine on our Granite Belt estate since 1932, and we saw a real opportunity to provide visitors with a complete and intimate experience of our operating vineyard and winery led by a Puglisi family member. We are the fourth generation of family working on the estate.
We will be hosting a vineyard tour and degustation lunch every Monday in The Barrelroom for one to eight visitors from 11am until 2:30pm. You’ll be joined by a Puglisi family member (or three!). The Barrelroom has built a reputation on its paddock to plate tradition over the last 25 years.
Our guests meet at the cellar door then head out to the Opera Block, where we are celebrating 50 years of Shiraz plantings for a viticultural master class—you may run into Uncle Sam or Dad (Angelo Puglisi, estate founder) pruning the baby vines and having a yarn, there is just so much history to explore.
From the vineyard tour, we then visit the winemaking facility, where guests have the chance to meet our winemaker Dylan Rhymer, who is always happy to explain how we produce the intensity of colour, cool climate flavour profile and silky tannins our wines are world-famous for.
All that fresh country air really works up an appetite! Our next stop is The Barrelroom, where our guests are introduced to the five wines that will be accompanying the long lunch. We love to share our Strange Bird™ varietals; they are such great food wines.
We then share a luscious two-course meal accompanied by our wines. Imagine feasting on handmade fettuccini al a puttanesca with prawns, spring bay black mussels, onion garlic, chilli, capers, anchovies, fresh tomato concasse, rich tomato sugo and grated reggiano. Or local honey- glazed confit duck Maryland, with fancy bubble and squeak, buttered brussel sprouts, roast carrot puree and muscat-poached muscatel jus.
Love your dessert? Try our famous tiramisu. Think coffee-soaked savoiardi layered with traditional zabaglione, muscat soaked muscatels and vanilla bean gelato. Or a Stanthorpe Apple tarte ta tin with vanilla bean gelato and burnt orange drizzle.
We aim to provide a fully immersive and educational gourmet experience. Our hosted lunch is a great chance to relax and unwind, or ask a thousand questions—the journey is the destination!”Robyn Puglisi-Henderson, business manager and daughter of estate owners Angelo and Mary Puglisi
After lunch, guests visit the Gourmet Food Gallery, which exhibits a vast array of foods produced in the Granite Belt by local food artisans—such as Lirah Vinegar, New England Larder, The Bramble Patch, Mount Stirling Olives, Blue Pot Pantry, Ballandean Honey and Cypress Ridge Garlic Products—and gourmet delights such as vinegars, verjuice, olives and much more.
At Our Table is held every Monday between 11am and 2:30pm at Ballandean Estate Wines, 354 Sundown Rd Ballandean. The all-inclusive package is $90, or $80 for a designated driver (half-pours). Bookings are essential; please call (07) 4684 1226.