The easing of intrastate travel restrictions has seen Queenslanders embracing a wine country getaway, as Ballandean Estate Wines opens its doors for tastings for the sixth week since lockdown. Queensland’s oldest family-owned and -operated winery on the Granite Belt is reporting a significant increase in visitor numbers through the cellar door.
Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, fourth-generation vigneron and wine industry leader, says,
Queenslanders are tasting their freedom and bringing their friends and families to the beating heart of Granite Belt.
Channel 7 ran a story last night that reported an 1130% increase in Ballandean as a holiday hotspot on Wotif. We’ve been thrilled with the visitor numbers coming into our cellar door for tastings and to dine at The Barrelroom.
Over the weekend, we’ve had upwards of 500 people through the cellar door for sit-down tastings under our COVID-save venue plan. The sit-down format has resulted in greater engagement with guests, a significantly higher average wine sale spend and daily sign-ups to our Ballandean Gold Wine Club, which gives members exclusive access to museum releases, member events and our Gold Club Tasting Room.
The Barrelroom is booking out almost daily and has some delectable new dishes on the ever-changing menu: think handmade porcini ravioli in a cream sauce with shaved truffle. Or slow roasted local Mallow Lamb on potato rosti, served up with a red wine jus and sweet carrot puree.
Ballandean Estate is looking forward to welcoming interstate visitors from Friday 10 July and are delighted with yesterday’s launch of Queensland’s Good to Go tourism campaign for interstate visitors.
We’ve hired two new cellar door staff, young locals Natasha Banbery and Tessa Pascoe. Tessa is a school-based Wine Studies trainee and family friend, and Natasha comes from the Heavenly Chocolate family.”Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi
How to make sure you book an unforgettable wine tasting experience at Ballandean Estate
We’d love it if you could book your tasting in advance online or over the phone. Our peak times are over lunch and on Saturdays, and we highly recommend booking first.
If you want to come in on the day and have not yet booked, we ask that you pick up the phone and call us on (07) 4684 1226 so that we can fit you in.
Walk-ins are always welcome, keep your beanie handy as we could be wine-tasting under the pergola in the winter sun if there is an overflow of people.
For all media enquiries please contact: Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi
Ph: (07) 4684 1226
354 Sundown Rd Ballandean 4382 www.ballandeanestate.com