Located just 2 ½ hours North West of Brisbane, the South Burnett is bordered by the Great Dividing Range and the flourishing red paddocks of Kingaroy. This region is the second largest wine region in Queensland, with only the Granite Belt having significantly more wineries but only a smaller margin of area under vine. The South Burnett currently has 600 acres in 25 vineyards ranging in size from experimental plots of one acre to large commercial vineyards, such as Clovely Estate with its 350 acres of vines.
While the more recent viticultural history of the South Burnett region is relatively young, dating back to 1993, the first planting of vines was recorded in 1898, and wine for home consumption was made from some of these vines. The commercial South Burnett wine industry began during the 1990’s with the establishment of a number of vineyards and then wineries from Kingaroy to the Moffatdale area, north of Murgon. With its warm summer days, crisp cool nights and fertile soils, the South Burnett is a haven of vineyards stretching from Murgon in the north, through the region to the Bunya Mountains, Kingaroy and south to Nanango.
At around 500m above sea level, the South Burnett has cool enough weather in the winter months to make grape growing possible, but also provides us with warm summer days to ensure ripening of the fruit. Early plantings of traditional varieties, such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Semillon and Verdelho have been expanded with many Mediterranean varieties which have proven to be better suited to the regional climate. A few examples of these alternate varieties are Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Pino Grigio, all of which have taken well to the soil and climate.