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Brisbane and Scenic Rim District

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View towards the Gold Coast hinterland from Gold Coast's Coombabah River (photo: genxywines while dog walking with Gill, my host for various Qld wine trips)

Brisbane and Scenic Rim is not an official wine region. The Queensland Zone is the official designation from the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

The district consists of a few relatively new new warm climate wineries and vineyards have been established close to Brisbane and in the mountains inland from the Gold Coast. Much of the wines are sourced from other regions, notably the Grantite Belt and South Burnett, but there is some limited viticulture for varieties suited to the conditions.

They are located less then an hour's drive from Brisbane, these wineries and cellar doors are very much orientated to the tourist market with the partial exception of Sirromet and Warrego Wines.

Sirromet, which lies halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is the most significant winery and has a state-of-the-art wine making facility, and has the most extensive distribution of any Queensland winery. Indeed in most Queensland bottleshops Sirromet is often the only local brand.

Warrego Wines lies about 40 km inland and hosts the Marburg Custom Crush, where Queensland's Master of Wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith, presides over the wine-making side of much of the Queensland small boutique vineyard/cellar door industry.

Sirromet

Sirromet is the most commonly seen local wine in Queensland's retail chains