Just a half-hour trip inland from the spectacular Gold Coast beaches awaits a unique wine region, inviting you to venture in from the coast and indulge your senses.

The Scenic Rim / Gold Coast Hinterland region is known as Brisbane’s World Heritage-listed backyard, with ancient rainforests and dramatic mountain ranges making the perfect setting for a weekend away, filled with good food and great wine.

Hidden within the eroded interior of an ancient volcano, the Scenic Rim / Gold Coast Hinterland region is one of Queensland’s most fertile wine regions – and one of the fastest growing

With a delicious variety of emerging grapes including Verdelho, Chambourcin, and Viognier, as well as the more classic Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Merlot, wine tastings are served up next to locally made cheeses, honey, and other excellent produce.

The Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland are often used interchangeably to take in the townships from Mount Tamborine to Canungra, Mt Barney to Mudgeeraba.

The bucolic beauty of the region has drawn visitors since the 1920s, who flocked to Lamington National Park to immerse themselves in nature.

The quaint towns and villages dotted throughout the mountains today invite you to stay a while and breathe in the scenery, with nature trails, rainforest retreats, and waterfall circuits waiting to be discovered. That is, of course, after you’ve called in at the region’s many cellar doors plotted along Queensland’s Vine and Shine Trail!

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01 Sarabah Estate -28.092342153.120636 46 Rymera Rd, Sarabah

Awarded the best sparkling in the Scenic Rim, Sarabah Estate offers an array of reds, whites, and rosés. Sit down for a long lunch at the Chalet Bistro, or enjoy a picnic among the vines.

02 O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards -36.250670147.357780 852 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra

Combining an idyllic location with excellent winemaking, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards offer hands-on cellar-door experiences and foodie delights, set against the backdrop of the serene Canungra Creek.

03 Mount Nathan Winery -27.998638153.259949 220 Clagiraba Rd, Mount Nathan

Mount Nathan is a boutique, family-run winery located just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, that prides itself on its fortified barrel and signature wines, as well as unique fortified honey range.

04 Hampton Estate Wines -27.961050153.186760 52 Bartle Rd, Tamborine Mountain

Situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Hampton Estate Wines serves up old-school country charm. A restored church houses the function centre and restaurant, while boutique cottage accommodation makes for an easy weekend getaway.

05 Queensland Wine Centre -27.937310153.190080 104 – 144 Hartley Rd, Tamborine Mountain

Situated in the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard, the Queensland Wine Centre showcases some of the state’s top drops. As well as the estate’s own wines, the QWC sources products from the Granite Belt and South Burnett.

06 Cedar Creek Estate -27.937011153.189781 104 – 144 Hartley Rd, Tamborine Mountain

Boasting the “largest range of wines in the Hinterland” as well as an on-site restaurant and art gallery, Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery is sure to have something to please every palate.

07 Mason Wines -27.935080153.183640 32 Hartley Rd Tamborine Mountain

Mason Wines boasts three cellar-door locations in Tamborine Mountain, Montville and Ballandean, where classic drops such as Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz sit alongside more unusual varieties of Petit Verdot and Viognier.

08 Witches Falls Winery -27.956783153.183023 79 Main Western, Rd Tamborine Mountain

A visit to the cellar door at Witches Falls Winery is a must while in the Scenic Rim. Enjoy bold reds, crisp whites, and unique wild fermentation varietals.

09 Heritage Winery -27.920490153.199570 Gallery Walk 119 Long Rd, Eagle Heights

Heritage Winery celebrates Queensland’s rich history of winemaking with three unique cellar-doors across the state that incorporate award-winning food and drink experiences, as well as accommodation in an 1864 cottage.

10 Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery -27.921883153.201023 Gallery Walk 128 Long Rd, Eagle Heights

Located less than an hour from the heart of the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine Vineyard and Winery boasts an array of exclusive wines, including the limited-edition, cellar-aged Museum Range.

11 Albert River Wines -27.910011153.109521 869 Mundoolun Connection Rd, Tamborine

With a vineyard restaurant, cellar door, and historic homestead on-site, Albert River Wines offers a comprehensive Queensland wine experience. Swing by to try unique varietals like Viognier and Semillon.

12 The Overflow Estate 1895 -27.942660152.853090 1660 Beaudesert Boonah Rd, Wyaralong

Spanning the Beaudesert-Boonah highway, The Overflow Estate 1895 is an historic grazing property turned water-front winery, producing premium wines from four Mediterranean-inspired grape varietals.

13 Paradine Estate Wines -27.807970152.672520 38 North St, Harrisville

Country hospitality is at the heart of Paradine Estate Wines, where visitors are encouraged to taste exquisite wines in the Old Barn Cellar while enjoying breathtaking views of the Scenic Rim and surrounds.

14 Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard -28.049000152.623640 121 Brent Rd Bunjurgen

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard is a labour of love – friends and relations helped to plant the 2,200 vines on the property, while more than 40 locals and wine enthusiasts help to hand-pick grapes each harvest season.

15 Kooroomba Vineyards & Lavender Farm -28.067495152.617111 168 F M Bells Rd, Mount Alford

With vines dating back to 1877, Kooroomba produces a range of boutique wines from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to their ‘Alba’ and ‘Rosa’ blends. Be sure to explore the lavender farm while you’re there.