Queensland wines are lagging behind the rest of the country, or so it seems. Of the more than 2500 vineyards in Australia, there are only 100 in the state.
But while Queensland may have the least vineyards out of all the states, the ones we do have are real performers.
Uncorked and Cultivated Master of wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith, said you have to look outside of the traditional varieties to see the real performers in Queensland.
“If you look at the champion wine of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in Mildura last year, it was a Queensland producer,” Scudamore-Smith said. And while it wasn’t an entirely Queensland grown grape, the Queenslander behind the wine is working wonders.
“I wouldn’t call that man behind the curve, it’s cutting edge, he’s dealing with varieties that are new to this country and he’s doing equal or better than the rest of the country.
“His name is Ray Costanza and he’s the winemaker at Golden Grove in the Granite belt.”
Other producers around the state are attracting notoriety from nationally recognised experts, such as wine critic James Halliday.