While the Gold Coast might not be as famous for its wine and beer as say the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley or Margaret River, there are plenty of delicious wines and beer to be tasted. Mount Tamborine is packed full of vineyards worthy of a visit and is home to an award winning boutique brewery and mountain top distillery. The growing number of vineyards is a testament to the quality of wine being produced in the region and the Gold Coast hinterland is firmly on its way to making its mark on the international wine tasting map.
To experience the best the region has to offer, there is no better way than to taste the drop than from the very place in which it is produced. A winery tour will look after all the planning and ensure you get to taste the best of the best.
Mount Tamborine Wine Tasting Tour: If a day away from the golden sands of Surfers Paradise sounds appealing, a trek up Mount Tamborine might be just what the doctor ordered. After a door-to-door pick up you’ll be transported to a number of pre-booked wineries, ensuring the best possible, personalised tasting experience.
Sirromet Wines Helicopter Tour: If budget is of no concern to you, this helicopter winery tour is a must. Spend a truly spectacular day you will remember forever, travelling to the renowned Sirromet Winery. You can enjoy sensational views, flavoursome wines and mouth watering food, while having your own personal comprehensive tour experience.
Scenic Hinterland Day Tour: Mix some sightseeing and history with your wine and beer tasting with this comprehensive day tour. Over 8 hours, explore the historic Canungra Valley and its Land Warfare countryside – a jungle training camp for soldiers of World War Two and today. Enjoy a morning tea at an alpaca farm and soak up the spectacular view of the McPherson Ranges. Visit the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Mountain and take a stroll along their Tree Top Canopy Walk. Learn about the rainforest ecosystem, be guided on the history of the area and hand feed a variety of bird species, such as crimson rosella’s and king parrots. After a busy morning, finish off with a leisurely lunch on Mount Tamborine followed by a stroll along Gallery Walk. Sip wine from the cellar doors on route or enquire about the optional Morning Tea Beer and Cheese Tasting.
If you prefer to explore on your own, getting out to the picturesque hinterland is easy. The only hard part is deciding where to visit once you’re there. Try some of these:
Tamborine Mountain Distillery, 87-91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine
Australia’s most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millenium, Tamborine Mountain Distillery is family owned and operated and offers fine liqueurs, schnapps, vodka, eaux de vie and liqueur chocolates.
Burleigh Brewing Company, 17A Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads
The Gold Coast’s only craft brewery, the Burleigh Brewing Company offers tours on the first Saturday of every month and live music every Friday. Take home a selection of beers to try and they may even throw in a free logo’d glass.
Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, 104-144 Hartley rd, North Tamborine
The region’s most charming winery, Cedar Creek Estate is home to Wild Duck Lake, Cedar Creek, rainforest and even glow-worm caves. The vineyard’s two varieties are young, but their Chambourcin is producing particularly good Rose.
Albert River Wines, 869 Mundoolun Connection Rd, Tamborine
Situated on the river bank, Albert River Wines is a boutique winery that boasts beautiful panoramic views of Tamborine Mountain and the surrounding hinterland. The iconic Queenslander cellar door is quaint and the historic colonial homestead is a must-see.
The Heritage, Cnr Shelf & Bartle Roads, Mt Tamborine
Sitting atop a Mt Tamborine hillside is Heritage Wine’s charming cellar door, set within a beautifully restored church complete with cathedral ceilings, a stunning cedar staircase and an image of old world elegance.
Mt Nathan Winery, 220 Clagiraba Rd, Mt Nathan
Family owned and operated, Mt Nathan Winery is located on the lush Clagiraba amidst a plantation of Paulownia trees. See how honey is collected from the bees that live on these trees and then sit back to enjoy the exquisite white, red and honey wines and perhaps some liqueur too. While you’re there you can even hand-feed the sheep or try your hand at catching yabbies.