When we think of wineries, we think of hot air ballooning, a tradition that started in France but that is well established worldwide, combining the delights of a balloon ride with a visit to regional Vineyards.
To enjoy a morning floating up up and away to see spectacular 360 degree views of the hinterland and then come down to earth and enjoy a champagne breakfast at a local vineyard and taste the wineries offerings, is something that is unique to the Gold Coast hinterland, with only one balloon company offering this wonderful combination. Here in South East Queensland, like the Napa Valley, South of France and Yarra Valley, we all have the chance to enjoy this perfect grouping, a morning’s hot air ballooning, a champagne breakfast on the verandah overlooking a picturesque Vineyard, then a lazy drive between each of the Vineyards and Wineries that are scattered along the Gold Coast hinterland wine trail, before finishing at Tamborine Mountain, to enjoy all the gourmet foods, cafes, deli’s, restaurants and even a distillery, that there is available.
Here you'll find all the information you require on a range of Gold Coast Wineries, some delicious homemade cheeses and local product offerings with links directly to their websites.
The Gold Coast hinterland is growing in popularity, recognised as one of Australia's more diverse wine producing regions. Each of the listings below, do have different opening times, so we suggest planning your trip and clicking on the websites we list, so that you make the most of your time, touring the Gold Coast hinterland food and wine possibilities. Remember too, that most are family businesses, with boutique operations, so planning ahead, will give you the most choices when you do drive onto the hinterland.
To combine, some wine tasting, a hot air balloon ride, a long lunch, some cheese tasting, some locally grown coffee, chocolates can take a day or why not make it two, take your time, and really relax for a short gourmet break, that’s only one hour from the Gold Coast. The tastes, range of produce, fresh food and the progressive winemakers making lively, cutting edge style wines to enjoy and to learn about at the cellar doors you visit, may make this an experience, you want to repeat again, when friends and family come to stay.