South Burnett: The Largest Wine Region of Queensland

South Burnett: The Largest Wine Region of Queensland

Located in the heart of Queensland, South Burnett is home to artisans producing homemade preserves, capers and olives. One of the most celebrated regions in the state, it is also known for the production of peanuts. In the past few years, South Burnett wine region has also earned a reputation in the industry, producing widely-exported […]

South Burnett: Get Ready to be Spoilt for Choice

Located in the heart of Queensland, South Burnett is home to artisans producing homemade preserves, capers and olives. One of the most celebrated regions in the state, it is also known for the production of peanuts. In the past few years, South Burnett wine region has also earned a reputation in the industry, producing widely-exported bottles.

A Brief History
The history of viticulture in South Burnett dates back to over 100 years. It began in 1898 with the plantation of Shiraz vines by the Crane family. During this time, the plantation and winemaking were primarily carried out for self-consumption. Often referred to as the ‘modern viticulture history’, commercial viticulture and winemaking began much later in the year 1933.

Things to do

  • Savour the region’s local produce of homemade preserves, capers and olives. Also, do not forget to visit a cellar door or two to grab on some regional wines.

  • Visit the famous Benarkin State Forest to soak up the natural beauty of the South Burnett wine region.

  • Explore the amazing waterways, bushland and expect to spot a platypus on your way.

  • You can also visit the Bjelke-Peterson dam. It’s one of the favourite tourist spots extensively used for fishing and boating.

A Walk Through the Vineyards

Climate

Soil

The South Burnett wine region experiences a sub-tropical climate with heavy rainfall during the months of December, January and February.

The land is covered with a diverse range of soil types. From light clay red to brown & black clay and light sand, these soils make for ideal grape growing conditions.  

Must-try Wines
The South Burnett wine region has earned a reputation for the production of food-friendly, lively and easy-drinking wines. However, grown in small quantites as compared to the others, Verdelho is of the region’s favourites while Semillon is the most planted variety here. Typically, Shiraz, Cab Sav and Grenache are harvested in the vineyards. Chambourcin, Durif and Chardonnay are some other varieties commonly produced in South Burnett.

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