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Glen Alpin District in the Granite Belt Wine Region - Wine, Wineries, Vineyards, Winery Tour Maps, Cellar Doors - Glen Alpin, Queensland

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climate The charming village of Ballandean lies the heart of the famous Granite Belt Wine Region, just south of Stanthorpe, in Queensland south west of Brisbane. The village is faous for its beautiful and picturesque setting, fantastic country hospitality and the access it provides some of the best vineyards an wine makers in Queensland. Ballandean is the perfect destination for a week-end spent touring the local wineries, food outlets and local arts ad crafts. It is an ideal destination for tourists from New South Wales and Queensland and for day-trips from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. One of the best way to see and taste the local wines is by joining one of the many wine tours that operate from the centres. Ballandean has a wonderful variety of all types of accommodation from resorts and luxury retreats to farmstays, hotels, motels and backpackers. There is lots to see and do in Ballandean by visiting the award winning wineries with their cafes and restaurants as well as stunning array of local produce outlets and gourmet foods. There are many events throughout the year and many of the wineries offer entertainment on the weekends. The world-famous `Opera in the Vineyard` occurs every May and `Jazz in the Vineyard` every August. Every Spring, there is the very popular `Game Keepers Dinner` and draws fans from far and wide. The stunning Sundown National park and Girraween National Park are located just short drive from Ballandean. There are at least 20 wineries within 5 km of Ballandean. This region has four distinct seasons each with its own special food item for visitors to enjoy. In Summer there are stone fruit and fresh local berries available. Autumn is the season when the grapes are harvested and is the time for the wonderful display of autumn leaves - reds, yellow and orange. Winter features cool misty mornings, crystal and crisp clear days, beautiful sunsets and delightful cosy nights warming yourself beside a log fire enjoying your new favourite wine or port. The biggest challenge for local wine producers has been to convince Australians that not all of Queensland is hot and tropical and unsuitable for grapes or wine. The Granite Belt is about 850m above sea level and can have severe frosts in winter, with 35-45 frosts each year extending into early October. The vie buds start to burst at the end of September and unfortunately frost damage is quite common. Late summer rains can be hazard for the harvest. The night average minimum temperature during winter is only 0.3C. Summer, however, provides a mild day time temperature with cool night time temperatures, making it a perfect getaway for people in the heat zones. The summer is not hot and tropical and autumn is warm days and cold nights. The local wine districts are: Amiens ; Glen Aplin ; South Ballandean ; Stanthorpe ; Tenterfield ; The Summit ; West Ballandean. For a tour map of the area see: Granite Belt Map. The North Ballandean District which includes wineries in the area to the North of Ballandean, to the area about half the way to Glen Alpin.

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