Granite Belt Wine

Welcome to the Granite Belt, Australia’s highest wine region and home to over 50 cellar doors.

There’s a lot to love about Granite Belt wine. Our cool climate, granitic terroir and high altitude produce premium wines that are gaining critical acclaim on a global platform.

  • Less than 1% of Australian vineyards are located 600m above sea level.  We think that makes the Granite Belt pretty special.
  • The Granite Belt is situated on the northern edge of the great New England Tableland, right on the border between Queensland and New South Wales at an average altitude of 800 metres.

Gourmet Traveller lists the Granite Belt amongst world-renowned regions including Champagne in France, Tbilisi in Georgia and Italy’s oldest winery in Tuscany.

Since 1932 our family has produced wine from our vineyards in Ballandean. We are exceptionally proud of our contribution to the unfolding story of the Granite Belt Wine Region. The future of the Granite Belt as a successful Australian wine region is in the hands of many talented professionals — and our future generations will continue to be an integral part of the story. Angelo Puglisi

Why you should be drinking cool climate wine

  • Cool climate wines are medium-bodied, fresh and focused, with refined tannins, impressive flavour intensity and moderate alcohol levels.
  • It expresses the terroir with elegance.
  • High altitude delivers much-prized natural acid, enhancing freshness, structure and lift.

Discover the decadence of cool climate wine at Ballandean Estate’s high altitude vineyards. 

A climate that delivers premium Granite Belt wine

As one of Australia’s most exciting wine regions, we are constantly innovating, and are renowned as a top producer of alternative variety wines — known as Strange Birds.

  • Taste rare varieties such as Fiano, Saperavi, Durif, Nebbiolo — and many more!
  • Drive or cycle the Strange Bird Wine Trail and discover thirty-plus Granite Belt wineries.

Our spring frosts, sub-zero winter nights, low humidity, cold nights at the beginning and end of the season and low humidity all contribute to the outstanding growing conditions for premium wines on the Granite Belt. These growing season temperatures are comparable to the Clare Valley, the northern Rhone (Hermitage and Cote Rotie) and Bordeaux.

Love rare wines?

We produce a range of alternative grape varieties and are proud to be a part of the Granite Belt’s Strange Bird Wine Trail.

Granite Belt makes Gourmet Traveller’s 50 Top Wine Experiences

In the world! The list boasts the Granite Belt has “a number of family-owned, boutique wineries crafting charming chardonnays and stunning shiraz”.

Author Daniel Honan recommends taking a “self-guided road trip throughout this uniquely cool, high-country (1000 metres) wine region, stopping in at Ballandean Estate, Symphony Hill, Rumbalara, and Ridgemill Estate wineries, just to name a few”.

Granite Belt in the news

Among the vines in Queensland’s Granite Belt Good Food, Australia’s home of the hats 13 August  2018

Top things to do in the Granite Belt Lonely Planet December 2018

Gourmet Traveller lists Granite Belt among best Stanthorpe Border Post 7 Dec 2018

Southern Queensland Country: It’s all about setting your own pace The Courier-Mail 21 May 2018

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