The Road Ahead : October November 2007
OCT/NOV 07 41 e is charming. Friday and Saturday nights are ve hungr y. he area, you'll stumble across a winer y or two. still plenty of 'nay-sayers' who think that the only ou can get in Stanthorpe is from a bottle bearing m south of the border. ople need to get out a bit more and visit some of the 50 or so cellar doors in the Granite Belt. Plenty of good wine is made here. It's wor th including a visit to industr y stalwar t Ballandean Estate, owned by the Puglisi family. The proper ty was originally bought in 1929. Ballandean has 40 ha under vine and grows 16 varieties of grapes. From viognier and chardonnay in the whites, to merlot and shiraz in the reds, the popular sylvaner desser t wine and white liqueur muscat, there is plenty to taste and buy. You can also do an interesting winer y tour (check out the 130-year-old German barrels used to store por t and muscat -- the aroma is delectable). There's a cafe on site too. Ballandean Estate also runs music events. Opera in the Vineyard, Jazz in the Vineyard and Priscilla in the Vineyard are charity events which draw big crowds. Live music also features ever y second Sunday at Lucas Estate winer y, near Severnlea. Lucas is a small vineyard, but owners Louise Samuel and Colin Sellers have done well with medals at Queensland and interstate wine shows. Their shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, rose, verdelho and chardonnay have won awards. The cellar door opens daily. Coffee and light lunches are available on site, and local produce tastings are included when you taste wine. Ar t and produce are available for sale. atmosphere buffets. Arri While in th There are good drop y a label from Those peo MAIN PHOTO: Quar t Pot Creek, Stanthorpe. RIGHT, FROM TOP: Granite Belt Maze. David Sutton's juices. Amberley Edge. Pic cour tesy travpix.com Pics by J.Mathers Pic courtesy Granite Belt Maze.
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