When you think of Australian wine, you probably think of the Barossa Valley, the Margaret River, Hunter Valley or Yarra Valley. Whatever the case may be, Queensland wines are some of the finest you’ll find in any region of the country. The state’s wine growers are divided into six main growing regions: South Burnett, Granite Belt, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast Hinterland, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and Somerset Valley.
When you’re thinking of taking a tour from Brisbane, the trip south will lead you to the closest wineries so you won’t have to spend hours traveling and waste precious time that could be spent enjoying the surroundings – and most importantly – the wines!
Although still relatively young, the wine making establishment on the Gold Coast is home to some top-rate wineries including: Witches Falls, Canungra Valley, and Heritage Estate wines to name a few. While there are a lot of wonderful wineries that grow grapes here, a majority of them are too small to play host to large groups of tourists. Therefore, some wine tours will only take you to see a couple of large estates and a few smaller ones that have open facilities for tourists.
However, don’t think that this limited selection will make your tour dull – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Gold Coast wine tour operators go out of their way to make sure you and your group have a great time. During your tour, you’ll be able to taste a selection of red and white wines, go behind the scenes of wine-making, get up close and personal with wine makers and even ask them questions, enjoy a wonderful sit down lunch, see the sites and sounds of wine country and there may even be some great live music. If you want to extend your stay, there are several cozy bed and breakfast inns that can pamper you with fine lodging and great food.
Reasons to Go On a Gold Coast Wine Tour
While you don’t particularly need any special reason to visit Gold Coast wineries, here are a few suggestions you might find helpful:
Escape the City – Getting tired of the concrete jungle? Get away for a day by going out to the countryside and breathing in some fresh air while enjoying some wine tasting. Discover that “other” part of the Gold Coast that you’ve only heard rumors about.
Birthday Celebration – A wine tour is the perfect birthday celebration idea that is unique and involves an array of family and friends. Most wine tours are family friendly and can also accommodate children in private groups. In addition to tasting wine, you can stop off and go sightseeing in one of the picturesque towns.
Bachelorette Party – A fun way to celebrate a bride-to-be’s last bash is by going on a private wine tasting tour. A bachelorette tour includes good friends, lots of great tasting wine and food, plus lots of laughs and fun memories.