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Gold Coast Hinterland Food & Wineries

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.

Sarabah Estate Vineyard

Producing tantalising wine in a beautiful setting in the hills of the Gold Coast hinterland, Sarabah Estate Vineyard is a unique experience that is open for booked visits, they specialise in weddings and functions.  Sarabah Estate Vineyard is a fifty acre wine and vineyard estate that produces crisp Rosé and mellow Cabernet.   Located in the heart of the property is a beautiful timber and stone European designed chalet.

Witches Chase Cheese Company

Witches Chase Cheese produces small batches or high quality Tamborine Mountain cheeses, ice cream and yogurt using cows and goats milk from a local Scenic Rim dairy.  This award winning cheese factory is a must see tourist destination in Mt Tamborine.  Come along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, great location and delicious cheeses.  Enjoy the cheese tastings before you purchase their high quality cheeses or you can even buy some online.

QLD Wine Centre - Cedar Creek Estate

Visit the Queensland Wine Centre to experience the most extensive range of QLD wines in one place.  Located on the gorgeous Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard, at Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland.  Wine lovers will love a visit here; there are over 100 wines in stock and knowledgeable, passionate staff to share.  The Queensland Wine Centre is a short drive from the Gold Coast or Brisbane and is open daily.

Witches Falls Winery - Mt Tamborine

Located on Tamborine Mountain, Witches Falls Winery is a small, award winning, family owned and operated winery.  The cellar door is open daily for winery tours and cellar door sales of their award winning wines.  Their grapes are sourced from the Granite Belt, Queensland's most popular grape producing region, to produce quality hand made wines.  Take a picnic along and enjoy it with a glass of wine.

Mount Tamborine Coffee Plantation

The Mt Tamborine Coffee Plantation is a family owned, boutique coffee plantation and roastery with a lovely coffee shop and gallery cafe that is open weekdays.  They offer a choice of coffee blends at your desired strength including their own organic bean grown and roasted onsite.  This is a recommended place to visit for coffee lovers.  Stay and enjoy a coffee and cake or purchase some coffee beans to take home.

Mount Nathan Winery - Honey wine and more

Celebrating over 30 years of quality wines, the Mt Nathan Winery is a boutique and award winning winery producing wines with world wide appeal.   Open 7 days a week, the winery is open for tours and has a great area for wine tasting and meals.  Honey plays a key role in producing Mt. Nathan Winery's unique tasting experience; their products are proudly made from their own 100% Natural Australian Honey.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Australia’s most Internationally-awarded Distillery and Liquor brand in the New Millennium.  Tamborine Mountain Distillery is open Monday to Saturday; they produce beautiful, smooth, Schnapps, Liqueurs, Fruit Brandy, Gins and Vodkas.  The Distillery's products have won awards in America (Chicago, San Francisco) and Europe (London, Belgium, Germany, Austria).  Their bottles are hand painted and make great gift ideas.

Delivino on Tamborine

A Restaurant & Wine Bar, Cafe, Delicatessen, Cellar Door, Tapas Venue and more!  Delivino on Mount Tamborine sources hard to get local gourmet food products and over 30 local wines as well as international products including delicious cheese.  They even arrange picnic baskets which can be taken offsite to a mountain location.  Their cellar door conducts daily tastings.  Delivino also has local art featured for sale.

Mt Brewery - Mount Tamborine

Enjoy handcrafted boutique beers in a open atmosphere with stunning views of Mt Tamborine, the Mt Brewery is open 7 days.  See how real beer is made and enjoy a tasting tray, grab a cheese platter or select from our bar menu and enjoy an afternoon in our open air beer garden with live entertainment every weekend.  Their beers have no preservatives, no additives and no artificial colourings.

Mason Wines Cellar Door Cafe

A family owned and operated wine business with vineyard and cellar door cafe.  The Mason Wines Cellar Door Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday and features a modern menu with superb vineyard views set against a mountainous horizon and glistening fresh water dam.  Stop in for a coffee or wine tasting, bookings are highly recommended.