Rare Wine + Chance Of Snow
Families come for snow fights and wine lovers seek rare wine experiences in Queensland’s most wintery destination, Stanthorpe. It’s the coldest town in Queensland, where cosy cottages and fireplaces await during the Granite Belt’s famed ‘Brass Monkey Season!’
The exclusive winter cellar door
Our top pick for an exclusive winter wine experience – Savina Lane Wines. The cellar door is usually reserved for ‘Inner Circle’ members - but for 10 weekends only (22 Jun – 31 Aug) will open to the public, 10am – 4pm.
Sink into leather armchairs in front of a log fire whilst enjoying a tasting trip through some of the Granite Belt’s finest alternative variety wines; Fiano, Viognier, Tempranillo and Graciano, or the superb cool climate Shiraz.
Let’s hope this winter will again blanket the vineyards in snow, but for sure the frosty winter mornings will deliver beautiful silvery frosts.
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Snow + winter ice fun
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
Grab your beanie and mittens for Queensland’s best winter festival, Snowflakes in Stanthorpe. Celebrating all things winter, for 3 days the town will be transformed into a massive snowfield making it the prefect family friendly winter escape.
- Ice skating
- Giant snow globes
- Ice sculpture competitions
- Winter markets
- Igloo making
Stanthorpe’s cool new ‘Big Thing’
Check out the BIG THERMOMETER!
If the frosted grass and misty cloud above the creek isn’t proof enough, the cool temperature reading on the numbers atop the thermometer will prove you’re in Queensland’s coolest town!
You can find the stone thermometer overlooking Quart Pot Creek along a picturesque walk near the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre.
Torching the winter solstice wickerman
Watch the winter vineyard pruning’s of Summit Estate go up in flames during the torching of the Wickerman for the Winter Solstice Festival. At sunset on the shortest day of the year, 22 June, the cold night air will be full of dinner, dancing, mulled wine, a spit roast, bagpipes, live music and a roaring bonfire.
Miss out on the winter solstice? Then the Sunset Sessions each Fri + Sat night of winter are also a favourite. The cellar door is open till 8pm and is popular for family, friends and groups gathering on the covered terrace and grass lawn to await what the sunset will offer. Picnics, games, pets on leashes and musical instruments are welcomed.
Cosy winter cabins + fireplaces
You’ll find yourself in the full delights of ‘Brass Monkey Season’ once you have a glass of Granite Belt red beside the wood fire of a cosy cabin or vineyard villa.
It’s an iconic wine country experience, so there’s dozens of spots to stay.
Hot Tip: The secret is out, booking a bed (particularly on weekends) can be tricky! Our advice - travel mid-week or visit in late May/ early spring when finding a vacancy is easier and the nights are still definitely cool enough for a wood fire!
Winter wine events
Granite Belt Wine Country puts on its best for winter entertaining, with gourmet food and wine events to entice.
Check out the full calendar
Jester Hill Wines have a Degustation Dinner on 8 June, 13 July and 10 Aug as well as Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience on 15 June. Pyramids Road Wines are hosting the Mourvedre Vertical Dinner on 16 August, followed by a Celebration of 20 Years on 17 August. Don’t miss the Vintage Shiraz Dinner at the picturesque Twisted Gum Wines also on August 17, plus all the regular concerts playing at Robert Channon Wines.
This article was written by our good friends at Granite Belt Wine Tourism
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