At an elevation of 1000 metres above sea level, wines grapes take longer to ripen on the Granite Belt, ensuring luscious, full flavours with great diversity between individual vineyards. The Granite Belt is one of the highest wine regions in the nation and almost 900 metres higher than Bordeaux in France or the Napa Valley in the USA. Vineyards on the Granite Belt are planted at altitude 650 to 1000m.
The unique terroir with its longer growing season and deep granite soils, combined with the innovative approach of the region’s winemakers and vignerons, produces wines of elegance and complexity. Cool climate wines as individual as a fingerprint.
Wine production levels are small, so on a national scale the Granite Belt produces less than 1% of total Australian wine production.
Harvest time on the Granite Belt usually commences late January or early February for growers who have early ripening varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc. Late February and early March sees the aromatic whites, which as Chardonnay being harvested. Most reds including Shiraz are picked mid to late March, however some varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon can still be on the vines towards the end of April.
Over the past decade Granite Belt wineries have made their mark at national and interstate wine shows and the region is now recognised as a small but unique producer of premium wines and one of the most exciting wine regions in Australia.