Ballandean Estate winery open for tastings

Queenslanders embrace Granite Belt wine country.

Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated winery, Ballandean Estate, has reopened its doors to visitors.

Fourth-generation vigneron Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi said Queenslanders were embracing travel to the Granite Belt region. 

“What we have been thrilled to discover is that a huge proportion of our Queenslander visitors are here on the Granite Belt for the first time,” Ms Puglisi-Gangemi said.

“For so many Queenslanders, the Granite Belt has been sitting on their ‘one day’ wish list. Now it seems that has rapidly changed to ‘this year’ and ‘good to go.’”

Ms Puglisi-Gangemi said the boost of new visitors would help the recovering tourism sector.

“Up until the last few weeks, most of our visitors have been return visitors that know and love the Granite Belt for all of its natural beauty, fine wine, abundant gourmet delights, quirky charms and country hospitality,” she said.

“Until you experience the glory of the Granite Belt in person, it can be hard to compete with the abundance of destinations within an hour of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“If the last few weeks are anything to go by, the Granite Belt is set for its best spring season yet!”

Ms Puglisi-Gangemi said Ballandean Estate’s Chef-Hatted restaurant, The Barrelroom, was ready to welcome diners with a new menu.

“The Barrelroom is booking out almost daily and has some delectable new dishes on the ever-changing menu,” she said.

“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.” 

Wine enthusiasts who can’t visit the vineyards in person can participate in online wine tastings with master of wine Andrew Corrigan.