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Review: Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane offers a day of top drops and hospitality

With its moderate altitude and cool climate, tranquil Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland harbours a flourishing winemaking industry. Enjoy this fabulous day of wine tastings on the mountain, with the convenience of Brisbane home or hotel pick-up and drop-off. Review: Bec Walsh
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane: Cedar Creek Estate. Image: Alamy
Mount Tamborine Wine Tour from Brisbane with The Vino Bus
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This small group Brisbane wine tour to stunning Mount Tamborine offers a great day out from the Queensland capital. Enjoy included wine tastings at a number of cellar doors, and a fabulous two-course winery lunch. Home or hotel pick-up and drop-off are also included. Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Everyone loves a wine tour — and depending on where you’re staying in Australia, you are spoilt for choice.

Margaret River south of Perth, the Yarra Valley near Melbourne, Adelaide’s Barossa Valley and the Hunter Valley north of Sydney are some of the best known options, but let’s not forget Brisbane’s Mount Tamborine. Mount Tamborine? Yes, that’s right! Believe it or not, Brisbane also has its very own wine region — and today I’m joining The Vino Bus on their popular tour to the boutique wineries of beautiful Tamborine Mountain — just an hour’s drive from the CBD.



Our driver Michael picks each guest up from their home or hotel. It’s a personal touch I’ve never encountered on a wine tour before. As we drive through the streets of Brissy, Michael uses the time to explain how Mount Tamborine was formed some 20 million years ago by a volcanic eruption near Mount Warning in northern New South Wales.

Mount Tamborine enjoys a gorgeous cool climate, which has given rise to a plethora of wineries in the region. Although many of the vines are young, the Gold Coast hinterland (which includes Mount Tamborine) is developing a name for award-winning drops. A wide variety of grapes are grown, to suit just about any palate. Add to that some amazing cellar door hospitality and you have all the makings of a great day out.

Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane: Enjoy the stunning views from the hinterland.

After a steep and winding ascent up the mountainside, our first stop is Tamborine Mountain Distillery. The original owners Alla and Michael moved from Tasmania to this property, which was abundant with fruit trees. While their fruit didn’t meet market requirements for sale because of the decision not to use chemicals or pesticides, the entrepreneurial couple learned how to ferment the fruit and distil it. Today the distillery is under new management and has an updated look and feel. It continues to win awards for its distinctive drops, many of which we get to sample.

Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane. Image courtesy of Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Next we journey on to Witches Falls Winery. The staff here are hugely passionate about the wines they produce. The winery has a very personal feel and the hand-labelled bottles make it feel all the more genuine. After the tasting I take a walk around the magnificent vineyard, which turns out to be the perfect spot for Michael — like a doting dad — to bundle us together for a group photo.

With everyone now firmly into the spirit of the day, our bus weaves higher up the mountain to our next stop — Heritage Estate Wines. This cellar door proudly boasts a serious offering for wine connoisseurs, along with lighter style wines (including an unusually fruity sauvignon blanc).

By this stage, our group has broken the record for the most purchases made on any Mount Tamborine wine tour hosted by Michael! It’s a proud moment indeed.

Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane: Cedar Creek Estate. Image: Alamy

Lunch is definitely on everyone’s mind, but first we enjoy a private tasting and a dash of stand-up comedy at the Cedar Creek Estate vineyard and winery. Owner and funnyman John shares stories about the history of many of the wines on the estate’s product list, ending each tale with a punch line that leaves us in fits of laughter.

Finally it’s time for lunch, which consists of a main course and dessert. It’s delicious, and my top tip here is to leave plenty of room for the dessert buffet of homemade cakes, puddings, tarts and more!

Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane
Mount Tamborine wine tour from Brisbane. Image courtesy of The Vino Bus

After lunch, Michael gives us the choice between another winery stop or a visit to a craft brewery. The general consensus is that we feel like a brew, so it’s off to the Fortitude Brewing Company.

It’s the sincere pride and hospitality of the wine community on Mount Tamborine that really sets it apart from other wine-producing regions, and this full-day Brisbane wine tour is an amazing way to experience it.

Bec Walsh is a freelance writer based in Brisbane. She travelled as a guest of The Vino Bus.

Cover image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Additional images: Bigstock

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