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A trip to Queensland’s Granite Belt is one of our favourite car journeys. While it’s not possible to visit every one of the 50 or so wineries in a long weekend, following the Vine and Shine Trail we plot out three days of indulgence visiting vineyards and artisan food producers stretched across the region. To...
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For wine lovers, Queensland’s Vine and Shine Trail has just been launched, a self-guided trail leading to more than 70 wineries and cellar doors across Queensland. Though Queensland wine dates back 160 years, our venture in to country shows us that more recently it’s emerging wine varietals that have put Queensland’s wine scene on the...
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For any foodie, a trip to Southeast Queensland would not be complete without a day at Sirromet Winery. Founded by Terry Morris in 2000, you will find Sirromet, Queensland’s most awarded winery, perched high up on a hilltop on Mt Cotton, 45 minutes from both Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Sirromet is the jewel...
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One of the joys of travelling through wine regions is having lunch at a winery. Not only can you dine looking out over the vines, but also the food is often exceptional, best enjoyed with a wine from the local area. Such an experience is rare in South-East Queensland, in fact we could count our...
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Small things count. The smile and wave you give to an elderly neighbour, the pinch of salt added to a dish, the diamond ring to accompany your proposal, fine chocolates and rosé to toast the acceptance. Life would not be the same without these small things. Sometimes though, life doesn’t follow a beaten track. We...
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One of the most evident themes in hospitality today is the growing interest in the provenance of our food, where it comes from and how far it has travelled to reach us. As consumers, we’re not only interested in our local area, but food tourism is one of the main activities of travellers. After all,...
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There’s something about distilleries that reminds me of the saying ‘The stolen apple tastes the sweetest.’ Maybe it’s the hangover of a prohibition upbringing, or the connotations of ‘hard liquor’. Whatever! Actually, the first liqueurs came about with herbal concoctions sweetened to make them more palatable; an easier way to swallow medicine. Founded in 1993...