Top of the Town Tourist Park would like to extend a warm welcome to the annual pilgrimage of backpackers to our region! Our Lodge is filling fast, so be quick, and make your booking with us right away!
Champion Mainstream Variety White Wine – Robert Channon Wines 2015 Verdelho
Champion Alternative Variety White Wine – Ballandean Estate 2015 Messing About Fiano
Champion Alternative Variety Red Wine – Golden Grove 2013 Malbec
Champion Wine of Show – Golden Grove 2013 Malbec
Queensland Viticulturist of the Year – Angelo Puglisi – Ballandean Estate Wines
Queensland Winemaker of the Year – Dylan Rhymer, Ballandean Estate Wines
Queensland Cellar Door of the Year – Ballandean Estate Wines
Queensland Winery of the Year – Ballandean Estate Wines
This year the Samuel Bassett award for continual and consistent support for and within the Queensland Wine Industry was presented to Mary Puglisi of Ballandean Estate Wines. Mary is the first woman to win this award solo in the 32 years since the QWIA awards began – congratulations, Mary!
Looking for something to do with your kids these holidays? Look no further than Top of the Town in Stanthorpe. All these great activities within easy reach – why would you holiday anywhere else?
|Lawdogs||A dog show with bite. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm. Extra shows possible. Call 0467 255 337 for more details|
|Allyn Blue Sapphire Sieving||Legume – ring 0407 772 512 for more details|
|Girraween||Climb the Pyramid. Swim in the creek, explore the creek-bank walk to the Junction and slide down the rocks if there is enough water-flow. If you really want to wear them out, walk the 10 kms to Mt Norman.|
|Bald Rock||Climb the biggest monolith in Australia after Uluru.|
|Sundown National Park||4WD tracks in from the Ballandean entrance, conventional vehicle entrance swimming hole and walking trail from the Texas Rd entrance|
|Queen Mary Falls||Visit the falls and have a BBQ in the picnic area at the top|
|Main Range National Park||Plenty of walks for all abilities at both Cunningham’s Gap and Goomburra section|
|Stanthorpe Library||Library opening hours. Craft Tables & Treasure Hunt. 4681 2141 for more info. Make a pompom bunny day|
|Fishing in Quart-pot Creek or Storm King||No permit required for Quart-pot. To get a permit for Storm King, visit the Post Office or go on-line @https://www.smartservice.qld.gov.au/services/permits/fishing/apply|
|Fly a kite or rent a canoe @ at Storm King||Bring your kite and wait for a windy day, or talk to Somerville Valley Tourist Park about renting a canoe on 4681 4200 ($20 for half a day, $35 for a full day)|
|Craft days @Bridget Bunchy||Metal texturing workshop for children Tues 22nd & Wed 23rd 117 Granite Belt Dr. 0418 957 227|
|Craft days @Bridget Bunchy||Snow-globe making workshop for children Mon 21st & Tues 29th Sept117 Granite Belt Dr. 0418 957 227|
|Craft days @Bridget Bunchy||Fabric button ear-ring workshop 10 – 3Sun 20 Sept|
|Donnelly’s Castle||Search for the yowie or check out the wildflowers at Donnelly’s Castle Rd, Pozieres|
|Stanthorpe Parkrun||Saturday mornings from 6.45. Meet outside the YMCA|
|Mt Marley||Take a walk up the road to the town look-out and then follow the goat-track back down to Alice St|
|Art Gallery Kids Art Space||Tues – Fri 10 – 4; Sat & Sun 10 – 1. 4681 1874|
|Glen Aplin Gardens||Animal feeding – weekends only. Call 0488 002 512 to book|
|Granite Belt Maze||Get lost at the maze or play some mini-golf 4683 2181|
|Disc Golf||178 Aerodrome Rd. 0414 444 441|
|Quart-pot Creek||Bring tube or body-board and float down Quart-pot Creek, or ride your bike or scooter along the bank.|
|Granite Belt Bicycle Tours||Kids Cycling Adventure: get a kids activity sheet with bike hire. Explore the 5.5km circuit around the creek in town. When you have finished, bring your completed activity sheet back to claim your prize.Discount entry to shows and FREE drink at LawDogs Australia with any bike hire.Discount entry voucher at Granite Belt Maze and mini golf with any bike hire.|
Most locals would argue that a trip to Stanthorpe isn’t complete without a visit to Sutton’s Farm, for a slice of proper apple pie with a real-butter crust and chunky filling, eaten by the fire. You can also venture into the orchard to pick your own fruit or take home single-variety apple juices and retail products.Track down some local wine to sip fire-side. There are plenty of excellent cellar doors, such as Golden Grove Estate, in Ballandean Valley, which grows a mix of classic and alternative grape varieties, including durif, barbera, malbec and nero d’avola. Bent Road is a favourite of Brisbane restaurateurs, best known for their cracking tempranillo aged in French and American oak and offbeat La Petite Mort labels.
Full article vin The Courier Mail 15.9.15 @ http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/queensland-gourmet-getaways/story-fneuz8zj-1227528228950
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A scoop of awards at the Royal Agricultural Society of Qld Wine Show & Mediterranean Challenge reinforces the reputation of Granite Belt wine producers.
- Class 1 – Robert Channon Wines & Summit Estate won bronze
- Class 2 – Symphony Hill Wines won bronze for its Viognier
- Class 3 – Ridgemill Estate won gold & Robert Channon Wines won silver
- Class 4 – Golden Grove Estate won silver for its Vermentino
- Class 6 – Golden Grove Estate won gold for Joven Tempranillo & Symphony Hill Wines won bronze for it Tempranillo
- Class 7 – Ballandean Estate’s Durif won silver & Golden Grove Estate won silver and bronze for its Vintage Grand Reserve Durif and Mouvedre
- Class 8 – Ballandeans’ Saperavi won gold, Golden Grove Estate & Symphony Hill Wines won bronze for their Ner d’Avola & Reserve Lagrein
- Class 9 – Just Red Wines won bronze for their Daily Red Shiraz
- Class 12 – Golden Grove Estate won silver for Vintage Grand Reserve Shiraz & Ballandean Estate won bronze for Opera Block Shiraz
- Class 13 – Golden Grove Estate and Just Red Wines won bronze for their Mediterranean Red & Shiraz Viognier
- Class 16 – Bent Road Winery won bronze for its La Petite Mort Viognier, Amphora Marsanne and Amphora Shiraz/Viognier
- Class 17 – Golden Grove Estate, Ridgemill Estate and Summit Estate won bronze for their Chardonnay
- Class 18 – Just Red Wines and Robert Channon Wines won silver for their Tannat and Petit Verdot.
- Ballandean Estate and Summit Estate Wines won silver for their Malbec/Jacquez and Pinot
Just Red Wines awarded James Halliday 94 points and RASQ silver medal for 2014 Tannat:
James Halliday has rated Just Red Wines 2014 Tannat with 94 points. This wine has also just been awarded a silver medal in the 2015 RASQ Toowoomba Wine Show. Just Red Wines was also awarded Bronze medals for its popular 2014 Shiraz Viognier and 2014 Daily Red Shiraz.