As the cool pleasant breeze danced through the courtyard’s sunbeams I sat, reclined, relaxed and trouble free and said to my friends ‘this, is a taste of heaven.’ We had spent the day with our dear friends Chris and Jess visiting wineries along the Scenic Rim. It was so relaxing to have a day completely away from study and one that was filled with laughter between good friends; it was just what I needed.
Discovering Queensland had vineyards that were only an hour from Brisbane was an unexpected surprise given the hot climate here. What’s even better, is the wine was fantastic!
Ironbark Ridge Winery
The first stop was Ironbark Ridge which had my favourite wines and a heritage miner’s cottage for the cellar door. Ironbark Ridge primarily produces Chardonnay, Shiraz Grenache blend, Shiraz, Grenache & Dolchetto blend, & vintage port. They also have a beautiful Verdelho (we bought this one) and have another great range of Wines labelled under Nelson’s Ridge – I would recommend trying their Nelson’s Ridge Summer Red – perfect to take to a BBQ.
They had the cutest Labrador pup too!
4 Paradine Estate Wines
Next we stopped at 4 Paradine Estate Wines. Our host an 78 year old lady was absolutely hilarious, I laughed so much. Her daughter owns the vineyard and a nearby chocolate factory, so we were lucky enough to be given some chocolate to enjoy with our Port (which was delicious). I would recommend trying the Balsamic Vinegar they make here – it was much thicker than that which you purchase at the supermarket and the flavour was divine! Our host told us a dribble of this over Cheesecake (of all things!?) tastes heavenly. Taste it and you’ll understand.
Third stop was Normanby Wines, I have to say this was my least favourite of the three, mostly because the Red Wines were very strong in flavour (which isn’t my taste, however Chris loved it). The atmosphere here is good all tasting is done in a cottage garden style courtyard and you’re given a little platter of cheese and crackers to accompany your wine tastings.