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Growing grapes in “Sunny Queensland”… Its not what you think!
At nearly 800m above sea level with a cool-continental climate, our organically managed vineyards enjoy some very un-Queensland weather.
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We might not have an official cellar door, but if you give us a call or drop us an email, we are always happy to have visitors by appointment!
Check out whats been happening and see what we have lined up!
Bent Road winemakers wax lyrical about all things wine!
Tag along as Glen and Andrew talk you through their vinous adventures – making and drinking great wine!
Premuim wines from the cool hills of the Granite Belt
Nestled against the NSW border, in the far south-eastern corner of Queensland, the Granite Belt is an official Australian Wine Region (called a GI) surrounding the town of Stanthorpe.
Despite what outsiders may think, we enjoy a cool, continental climate because we are inland on the Great Dividing Range beyond the warm, humid influence of the Coral Sea.
The Granite Belt is definitely cool climate! In fact, we are the only Australian region (that we know of) to record frost in every month of the year and we are one of the few regions to get snow.
We also sit at nearly 1000m above sea level which keeps the average temperatures down but exposes the grapes to higher UV than lower lying areas; allowing for slow, even ripening of flavours and sugars.
Glen, often laments that “Growing grapes is the hardest thing I’ve ever done”. (Coming from a man who has researched cancer!) This is due in part to the fact that our approach to vineyard maintenance is minimal and reactive; intervening only when necessary and using only organic friendly products.
… But controlling disease without chemicals is a constant battle. The high rates of summer rainfall mean that irrigation is generally unnecessary but moisture loving diseases can spread like wild-fire after a few rainy days.
After training as a biochemist and many years behind a microscope, Glen and partner Robert escaped to the country for a tree-change and make some wine!
Glen retained as a winemaker at Charles Sturt Uni, worked for a few wineries in the Granite Belt and Nappa Valley, California, and has been making his own wine since 2005.
It all starts in the vineyards with Robert Richter, the Viticulturist, Chief Tractor Driver / Whiskey Taster. Without Robert’s diligent care and attention, there are no grapes…
And no grapes = no wine!
When he’s not busy studying for the WSET Diploma and a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt Uni or teaching wine classes for Vinoversity.org – ex-sommelier, Andrew Scott, dons the mantle of Assistant Winemaker.
Resident Horticulturist / prospective ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’, Andrew Price can often be found in and around the vineyards nurturing vines and spreading organic goodness.