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Stanthorpe District in the Granite Belt Region, Queensland - Wine, Wineries, Vineyards, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Applethorpe, Severnlea

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climate Stanthorpe, located in the Southern Downs area south west of Brisbane, is the major town in the centre of the world-famous Granite Belt wine region, showcasing more than 50 vineyards and wineries, many of which have cellar doors. Stanthorpe is regarded as the coldest town in Queensland and among the most elevated towns, with some locations in the surrounding area reaching more than1000 metres above sea level. Irregular snowfalls during winter, and frosty mornings from June to September are not uncommon. Late fronts and rain during the harvest period are some of the challenges for grape growers in the area. The high altitudes, cool temperatures and unique local soils provide fabulous growing conditions for not only grapes, but also for various varieties of apples and berries, stonefruit such as apricots, peaches and nectarines and also for olives and lavender. The bounteous harvest of the district is celebrated in the popular Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, which is held every second year, in even numbered years in February/March. Stanthorpe is surrounded by beautiful National Parks, including Girraween National Park located to the south of Stanthorpe. Close by are Bald Rock, Boonoo Boonoo and Sundown National Parks. Because of its elevation (873 m), Stanthorpe has a highland subtropical climate. At an altitude of (with some areas as high as 950 metres), Stanthorpe can be cold in winter but can also be very hot in the summer, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees centigrade. The major local industry is agriculture, mostly focusing on being apples, stone fruits and grapes. Sheep and cattle grazing is also prevalent in the area. Tourism is also very important to the area. There are more than 50 wineries in the Granite Belt winery region, many offering cellar doors with cafes and restaurants. The major local events include the Australian Small Winemakers Show (held in October-November), Spring Wine Festival (held in September), the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (February/March - every second year) and the annual Australian Country Shows and Rodeos. You can see a list of all wineries in the Granite Belt Wineries . The local wine districts are: Amiens ; Glen Aplin ; North Ballandean ; South Ballandean ; Tenterfield ; The Summit ; West Ballandean. For a tour map of the area see: Granite Belt Map.
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