They don’t call it the Granite Belt for nothin’. Huge granite boulders dot the landscape and the mean, lean soil of our vineyard consists of coarse decomposed granite. Grape vines struggle to grow but given the right love and attention, we can produce small, perfect grapes, packed with intense flavours – grapes that represent the harmonies played between the sun, soil, weather and our efforts in the vineyard. At Bent Road Winery the wines express this music of the vineyard, the local terroir, a sense of place that is the Granite Belt.
Bent Road Winery and vineyards are nestled in a small valley at an altitude of 770m, surrounded by untouched Australian bush. This is big sky country – fresh air and wilderness. Kangaroos, wallabies and wild deer roam the property. We’ve even seen a couple of elusive echidna and koalas! The farm encompasses 40 hectares and includes picturesque wilderness areas along the Severn River. The property has had a long history of grape growing and mid-last century table grapes grew in abundance.
The quality of Queensland wines is now recognized as being equal to the best in Australia. Despite Queensland only producing 1.5% of the national grape crush, the Granite Belt is now one of the highest award winning wine districts in Australia when proportioned to its volume of production. Bent Road Winery has only been operating commercially since 2005, however, it has managed to win 3 State and 19 National Awards, including a gold and trophy for the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a trophy for the 2008 Chardonnay Methode Ancienne.