Monday, 29 June 2009

Sunshine Coast holidays and wineries

If you are looking for an adventurous time and great wine,
Sunshine Coast holidays in Queensland Australia make the
perfect experience.

The area is very diverse and growing quickly, you can find
wineries and vineyards all over the Sunshine Coast and even
in the nearby hills. The beautiful Queensland coastline is
just an added bonus to the opportunity for sampling wines
from many promising vineyards.

There are three main wine regions on the Sunshine Coast
that you can visit: Kenilworth, Traveston and Blackall
Range. Each of these areas is different from the other and
produces wines with unique flavors.

One hour north of Brisbane is the Maleny Mountain Wines,
winery. The vineyard boasts rich volcanic soil that is
perfect for growing the Chambourcin grapes. Using a blend
of these grapes and others grown locally the vineyard makes
a lovely range of wines. In fact, their list of wines is so
extensive that there is sure to be a variety that will suit
any taste bud. Maleny Mountain Wines has bus tours, group
wine tastings and will serve you a tasty lunch on the
weekends.

Make Dingo Creek Vineyard the next stop on your Sunshine
Coast holiday itinerary. It lies about a half hour drive
further north and is in the Cooloola region. Here they have
been producing their own Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay since the late 90's. This
vineyard is capable of handling large groups of people and
is open to bus groups every day of the week. Up to 60
people can enjoy lunch, tea and or wine tastings on the
lovely covered deck. If you would like to add to the whole
Australian adventure, you simply must try their bush
tucker, a regional dish. One impressive fact about this
vineyard is the work that they do to practice sustainable
agriculture, this means the land will be capable of
producing for several generations. Dingo Creek has worked
diligently to establish their reputation and if the wine is
any indicator, they will succeed.

Robinsons Family Vineyard is the next winery on the list
and one of the oldest in the area. The vineyard was opened
in 1969 in Ballandean on the Granite Belt. This area has a
unique blend of soil and climate that has yielded some
award winning wines. Ballendean National Park is the view
below the vineyard and it is fantastic. Robinsons was one
of the first vineyards to diversify their vines, along with
the native Shiraz vines the vineyard also plants Pinot
Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Recently they have
added Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais and
Merlot. This brings them to a grand total of 30 acres of
vines to harvest. In 1975, the vineyard took a gold medal
for a blended wine that included Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinot
Noir. The contest was held in Brisbane and the vineyard has
continued to win awards ever since.

Time spent in Europe by the vineyard owners has allowed
them to bring back a rich tradition to the land of
Australia. You can enjoy them all on your next Sunshine
Coast holiday.

The above vineyards and wineries are just a sampling of the
dozen or more that you can visit in the Sunshine Coast
area. Along with spectacular wines, you will also find a
countryside that is as beautiful as it is exotic. You will
not soon forget your Sunshine Coast holiday, of that you
can be certain.


About the Author:

Roger Laganin runs ocean front accommodation at the
Catalina Resort, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia where
you can relax on your Sunshine Coast holidays. Find out
about their new penthouse accommodation at =>
http://www.catalinaresort.com.au