Queensland’s Granite Belt wine region has a growing reputation as one of Australia’s top producers of alternative variety wines – known here as Strange Birds. To be called an alternative, a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by Wine Australia.

A host of cellar doors offer a personal and friendly wine experience where you are likely to meet the vignerons and winemakers who grow the fruit or make the wine you are sampling. Enjoyed in Europe for generations, these alternative varieties are now emerging as Australian favourites due to their ability to match perfectly with our food preferences. You can taste alternative varieties at dozens of our cellar doors.

New to the Strange Birds this year are white: Roussane, Alvarinho and Petit Manseng as well as reds Sagrantino and Montepulciano.

Click here to download your official Granite Belt Wine Trail Map.