Its not all board shorts, metre maids, beach babes and grommets in Queensland, “The Sunshine State.” Though you wont find grapevines by the beach, if you head inland to the hinterland and the ranges not with attitude but rather altitude and the cooler climates and rich volcanic soils, a group of winemakers are out there making some classy wines.

Expect to find Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz at the cellar doors of the boutique QLD wineries. The south east corner of the state is proving to be the most successful with vines planted over 700 metres above sea level give a not to dissimilar temperatures to that of its southerly neighbours.

Passionate and perhaps even a little crazy the people behind the wine industry in Queensland are opening up fantastic winery cellar doors that offer the wine traveller new experiences and regions worth visiting and exploring.