Queensland Wine Week | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Queensland Wine Week

If you’re a wine lover (who isn’t), you should be getting mighty excited for Queensland Wine Week 2015, which kicks off on May 31 with a week full of events to explore what our local wine region has to offer. ‘Queensland makes wine?’ we hear you asking. Yes, yes it does, and with winemakers going well beyond the traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon to passionately embraced alternative varieties like as Tempranillo and Fiano, to name just a few, there’s plenty to celebrate (and drink). Turns out, Queensland has been making wine way back since the 1860s, and now, over 1300 hectares of vines are creating drops that are wowing local and international markets alike. Queensland Wine Week is all about getting to know what our state has to offer in the vino department and maybe swapping a few of our favourite international wineries for some local ones instead. There’s plenty of ways to get involved, but here’s a few that we’re more than a little keen for: Granite Belt Road Trip | May 31 Visiting four wineries in the Granite Belt – Ridgemill Estate, Whiskey Gulley, Savina Lane and Bent Road Wines – you’ll be able to meet local winemakers, have a peek behind the scenes and tastes wines straight from the barrel. Bonus, you won’t even need a designated driver. Normanby Wines Jazz in the Courtyard | May 31 Situated up on the Scenic Rim, Normanby Wines will be hosting an afternoon of jazz fuelled by liberal amounts of great Queensland wine. And we mean liberal. Craft Wine Store Tastings | June 1-6 Always a strong supporter of Queensland wines, Tony Harper and the team at Craft will be hosting a variety of tastings throughout the week. Head in for a sip (or five) and chat to some experts – and probably leave with a few bottles to add to your collection. Stewarts Wine Co. Grand Tasting | June 5, 4-7pm Stewarts Wine Co. have pulled together some of the Queensland’s best producers for a free tasting event. Ballandean Estate, Symphony Hill and Witches Falls will be on show along with Fortitude Brewing with some cleansing ales. Gala Dinner at Queensland Cricketers’ Club | June 5, 7pm The capstone for the week will pair Queensland’s best wines with amazing, locally sourced produce in an event sure to impress. Pan seared lobster tail and crispy skin duck is reason enough to get yourself tickets to this one, let alone the wine. Sirromet Members Luncheon | June 3-6 Over the course of the week, Sirromet will be hosting daily two course lunches at their award winner restaurant, expertly paired with their range of wines. The perfect excuse for a sickie, really. Be sure to also to check out Game of Rhones, happening on May 31! Words by James Cooper