Grazing the Granite Belt 2019

Two days of ‘lazy grazing’ across cellar doors sure makes a tempting proposition and that’s what was delivered by ten award-winning Granite Belt wineries at Grazing the Granite Belt 2019. Last weekend Ballandean Estate hosted hundreds of Grazers at our cellar door!

What’s to love about Grazing the Granite Belt?

Timed at the end of grape harvest season, this showcase is a celebration of vintage 2019, where visitors are hosted by the winemakers and food artisans of Queensland’s premier wine region.

This sold out May 18–19 weekend  event had punters enjoying two days of lazy grazing across 10 cellar doors, imbibing award-winning wines and sampling dozens of gourmet food dishes.  An event ticket for just $125 entitled the holder to redeem receive ample food and wine vouchers to be redeemed across the wineries, for a full day of wine, cider and artisan meal with the Winemakers Ticket and unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off bus on Saturday.   

Wine lovers quickly snapped up tickets for this phenomenal foodie event, so keep an eye out for future Grazing the Granite Belt announcements! 

What wineries get involved?

The 10 participating venues for 2019 were: Ballandean Estate Wines, Balancing Rock Wines, Casley Mount Hutton Vineyard and Winery, Twisted
Gum Wines. Whiskey Gully Wines, Pyramids Road Wines, Hidden Creek Winery Cafe Vineyard, Robert Channon Wines, Jester Hill Wines and Varias Restaurant at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. 


Leesa from Brisbane News has a vino with Robyn Puglisi-Henderson in The Barrelroom

Winemakers Brekky with Angelo and Sue

Sunday morning’s ‘Breakfast with the Winemakers’ on May 19 saw local winemakers literally cooking-up a second day of hospitality for their visitors, as they gather to cook the BBQ breakfast and mix with visitors to share their wine tales.  The breakfast, held beside Stanthorpe’s picturesque Quart Pot Creek has become a highlight of the weekend for its intimacy and spontaneity. 

Here’s Angelo Puglisi from Ballandean Estate with Sue Smith of Pyramids Road Wines at the Winemakers BBQ. Angelo demonstrated his culinary talents as Chief Bread Hole Cutter for the eggs. His hospitality knows no bounds!

Website: granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/event

Facebook: facebook.com/GrazingtheGraniteBelt  

Lazy grazing

  • The weekend is all about lazy grazing, because it’s a basically self-guided experience. 
  • Event-goers can follow their whims and appetites.
  • The wineries take a lot of joy in putting together menus with carefully matched wines to tempt them on to the next stop along the lazy grazing trail.

Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, event organiser

Grazers enjoy a structured wine flight in our all-new Gold Club Tasting Room

Ballandean Estate’s Grazing menu

What a thrill! Hundreds of lazy grazers came through our cellar door and feasted on mouth-watering delights from The Barrelroom’s talented new chef Brian McLellan.

These lucky Grazers were some of the first to enjoy our Gold Club tasting room. Our gourmet menu was tailored especially for the event with matching wines.


Puree of roasted beetroot and pumpkin soup served with garlic flutes

2016 Opera Block Chardonnay


Mixed platter of seared lemon pepper calamari with rice noodles and citrus salad, accompanied by Oyster Kilpatrick spring rolls with lime and soy dipping sauce, served with crispy noodles

2017 Viognier


Nonna Mary’s tiramisu with house-made ice cream

Local apple and poached pear tart served with cherry muscat coulis and house-made ice cream

2016 Late Harvest Viognier

White Liqueur Muscat

Breakfast with the winemakers

Our grazing visitors really love being able to talk to the winemakers the next day, as they sit around telling their wine stories.

It’s a really relaxed part of the weekend, where you’ll see a few winemakers on the BBQs, others sharing a few stories with visitors and we can usually count on John Arlidge from Whiskey Gully Wines bringing along his guitar to create some spontaneous musical atmosphere.

It’s really pretty down by the creekside and the breakfast part of the event, which actually began as a bit of an afterthought, has become a most cherished tradition that our visitors and our winemakers equally enjoy.

Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, event organiser

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