Granite Belt Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries of the Granite Belt wine region of Queensland. Use our Granite Belt region guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
    28°40’S
  • Altitude:
    810 m
  • Heat degree days:
    1602
  • Growing season rainfall:
    519 mm
  • Mean January temp:
    20.6°C
  • Harvest:
    End February to mid April
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost

Discover the wines and wineries of the Granite Belt

Discover the Granite Belt with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

In 1965 the first wine grapes were planted in the Granite Belt: one hectare of Shiraz. It was an appropriate choice because this variety outshone all others (with the possible exception of Semillon) over the next 25 years. It was not long before others followed suit. Toowoomba solicitor John Robinson and wife Heather established Robinsons Family Vineyards in 1969, while the following year third-generation farmer Angelo Puglisi commenced what was initially called Sundown Valley Vineyards but is now called Ballandean Estate.

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