Tamborine Mountain Wineries

16 Dec 2019 7:17 AM Tamborine Mountain Wineries

There are six Cellar Doors with wine tasting on Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland. It’s just over an hours drive from Brisbane and forty-five minutes from The Gold Coast.

 

I like to refer to Tamborine Mountain as the gold in the Green behind the Gold of the Gold Coast.
There’s a saying that goes, “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy wine and that’s kind of the same thing”. What makes me even happier is going to the source, there’s something intoxicating about visiting a winery and walking through the vines, smelling the soil, feeling the grapes and then tasting the resulting flavours in the wine. I can appreciate the fragrance of cut grass, leather, flowers, all sorts of fruit and smoke that create the bouquet of the wine – what a nice way to spend the day.

1. Witches Falls Winery

79 Main Western Rd
Tamborine Mountain.
witchesfalls.com.au

This is the jewel in the crown of Tamborine Mountain Wineries. Established 15years ago by Jon and Kim Hislop Witches Falls is now 5 red star rated by James Halliday

This winery is immaculate in presentation and service. The entrance is a winding bromeliad lined path sweeping under the avocado trees. The staff members are friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is very relaxing as everyone is so willing to help, which in its own right just makes you want to sit down and while the day away.

There are three wine ranges: Granite Belt, Wild Ferment and Prophecy, each providing a unique look at different styles and practices in both viticulture and winemaking. The knowledgeable staff are well trained at talking visitors through the tastings, including food matching - which I loved.

I could have easily spent more time there and will have the opportunity to visit again on their twice-yearly members day in late May and November.

I enjoy all of their wines but if I was pressed to choose one (well two) favorites they would have to be the wild ferment Viongne and the wild ferment Fiano.

Cheese Platters are available (highly recommended)

2. Mount Tamborine Winery and Vineyard.
128 Long Rd (Gallery Walk)
Tamborine Mountain 4272
07 5545 3066

www.mtvw.com.au

 

This winery brings back many memories for me as it is the longest established winery on the mountain. The cellar door was established by the wonderful Hart family in Hartly Rd in 1993 and subsequently moved to Gallery Walk in 2003. The buildings, paths, parking, magnificent garden and street scape is stunning - this must be due to Anni’s green thumb.
I can remember visiting back in the 1990’s and tasting their superb sparkling merlot named after granddaughter Emily. Nowadays my favourite bottle is named after my friend and the family matriarch - a sparkling chardonnay called Annie’s Bubbles. Many of their wines have won medals and the service is very friendly. The attached casual restaurant is always deservedly busy.

3.Heritage Estate Winery
119 Long Rd (Gallery Walk)
Tamborine Mountain
also 165 – 185 Long Rd. (in Witches Chaise cheese)
www.heritageestatewines.com.au

This long-established Cottonvale Granite Belt multi-award-winning winery has a cellar door located on Gallery Walk. They used to be located on the southern end of the mountain where Hamptons wines are currently located. I have fond memories of this winery as it is where I first tasted Tempranillo, which has since become one of my favourites. The Moonshine Madness chocolate coffee liquor is perfect for using in tiramisu or in an affogato.
They have kept high standards over the years with James Halliday recently awarding 95 points to the Fiano, Shiraz Viognier and Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache.

4. Cedar creek Winery.

104 – 114 Hartley Rd
Tamborine Mountain. 4272
5545 1666

www.cedarcreekestate.com.au

This is a very popular wedding venue and tourist bus lunch stop, so many people are familiar with it. It also has a glow worm cave, frog aquarium, rainforest walks, large lake with abundant wildlife and home of The Queensland Wine centre. Besides their own label they stock Golden Grove, Robert Channon, Ballandean, Moffatdale Ridge

Restaurant overlooking the lake.

5. Masson Wines

32 Hartley Road
4272 Tamborine Mountain
5545 2000
www.masonwines.com.au

This winery features a stylish restaurant and fabulous deck with an open kitchen run by renowned chef Andrew Quarantini. His theory is that local is always best and the menu features produce from the area. There is a large range of wine to taste from their Ballandean vineyard.

6. Hampton Estate Wines

52 Bartle Rd
Tamborine Mountain 4272
5545 3144
www.hamptonestatewines.com.au

 

This is the newest cellar door on the mountain, part of the main building is formerly a church from Burleigh Heads. The Infant Saviour was saved from demolition and restored to become a beautiful venue for the cellar door, weddings, special dinners and lunches. The wine is specially selected and made on the mountain. It features my favourite sparkling rose and some gold medal-winning wines. There is also an upstairs art gallery and eight new Hampton style cottages.

Hi! I'm Terri

I am a passionate chef and food writer based on the Gold Coast and also part time in Port Douglas. My culinary interests have taken me all over Queensland, Australia and the world. The aim of my stories is to help people enjoy their food and to appreciate the quality food that we have available locally. 

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