Sirromet Wines is more than a premium food and wine destination surrounded by stunning vineyards, it is one of the largest wine producers in Queensland. Grapes are grown in Redlands (Mt Cotton) and the Granite Belt with a wide selection of varietals.
Sirromet is an Australian family owned winery occupying 580 acres and has collected over 700 prestigious national and international wine awards since opening in 2000. About a 35 minutes drive from my hotel in Fortitude Valley, we drove up and through the grand entrance with a large wine barrel pictured high above the hill to a breathtaking scenery surrounding Moreton Bay.
Life. Style. Wine.
If you’re like me and do like a nice drop of wine but not yet the enthusiast, the wine tour and tasting is one to add your things-to-do here. Carolin from (breathingtravel.com) and I went for an afternoon tour and tasting with a group of six other patrons and our tour guide.
The tour and tasting runs approximately 45 minutes and starts with the history of Sirromet winery and its vineyard. Did you know T.E. Morris is Sirromet in reverse. Guests are taken through the wine-making process, from the harvest of grapes to the barrels, fermentation and bottling. A behind-the-scenes look that is in-depth but not too complicated to understand. But feel free to through some tough questions, they highly encourage you to be curious. The tour concludes with a tasting of six wines from the Current Vineyard, Signature, Private and Grand Reserve collection sin the ambient surrounds of the Cellar Door.
We didn’t get to meet Sirromet’s Chief Winemaker, Adam Chapman, we think because he was in a secret mission to create the next best wine vintage to add to his collection of national and international awards. All good, with 30 years of experience under his belt and making his mark in Queensland’s Granite Belt with his modern winemaking and viticultural technique. We let him do this thing.
Open seven days from 9am – 4.30pm, wine tastings sessions cost from $5 per person or $30 for premium tastings, and tours are$20. On the weekend afternoons, live music adds to the laidback atmosphere. Below is the selection of wines we have swirled and swished.
Vineyard Selection: NV Sparkling $21 (Cellar Price)
A tropical nose with hints of apple and peach, a zesty balance with light bubbles.
Vineyard Selection: Verdelho $21 (Cellar Price)
With fresh lemon, lime and passion fruit tones, left a dry citrus acidic taste/
Signture Collection: Chardonnay $35 (Cellar Price)
A rich taste of fig, melon (like rockmelon), creamy on the palate and nutty characters.
Vineyard Selection: Shiraz $21 (Cellar Price)
Blackcurrant, cloves and cinnamon tons with an American oak influence.
Signature Collection: Cabernet Sauvignon $35 (Cellar Price)
Rich blackberries, blueberries tones, settled with a ripe dark cherry and creamy vanilla taste.
Private Collection: Sun Wine $47 (Cellar Price)
Rich dark/red berries fruits with hints of liquorice.
Grand Reserve: Late Harvest Pinot Gris $45 (Cellar Price)
A delightful honeysuckle and citrus characters.
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If you are looking for a feed, there are a few options to choose from:
Tuscan Terrace: with seasonal flavours prepared in a traditional Tuscan style cooking, created by Executive Chef Andrew Mirosch. Cafe is open for lunch Wednesday – Sunday, serving flavoursome meals, all under $30, including delectable breads, snacks, salads, light meals, housemade pasta and pizza fresh out of the wood fired oven.
Restaurant Lurleen’s: Contemporary fine dining experience in an award-winning restaurant with breathtaking view to Moreton Bay and sand ridges of Stradbroke Island.
Cellar Door: Cafe style meals and platters (designed for groups of 10 or more) whilst enjoying some light live entertainment.
Our visit to Sirromet Wines was an experience I’ll always remember, to the last drop of wine when the sun setted.