If you enjoy wine then you’re in for a treat on the Sunshine Coast. The region is home to a range of boutique wineries producing exquisite, award-winning wines.
Not only is it a pleasure to drink the wine that is produced here, but visiting the wineries allows you to go straight to the source, meet the makers, and learn about what you are sipping. Furthermore, the Sunshine Coast wine region is beautifully picturesque, allowing you to enjoy stunning views as you sip.
We know that visiting all of the region’s wineries, sampling their products, and selecting the best is a tough job, but someone has to do it so we took one for the team. Before we dive into the best wineries on the Sunshine Coast, let’s take a look at where the region’s wine comes from.
Where does the wine come from?
Your wine’s journey begins at the vineyard where the grapes are grown. As the Sunshine Coast does not benefit from an optimal climate for growing grapes, many of the area’s wineries source their grapes from the Granite Belt region. Located approximately 220km South-West of Brisbane, the Granite Belt has elevations ranging from 600-1500m above sea level. Because of this elevation, the nights are much cooler compared to the coast, which allows grapes to grow well. A variety of different grapes are grown here, and transported to wineries in various locations, including the Sunshine Coast hinterland, where the process of creating wine from the grapes can begin.
Here are our top picks of the best wineries on the Sunshine Coast
Set in Maleny upon the breathtaking scenery of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, you will find a multi-function space shaped like a giant wine barrel. Whilst this is an excellent start, it’s not the only reason why Clouds makes the list. Step inside to taste a range of South East Queensland’s most delicious wines, as well as locally made craft beers. Choose a bite to eat from their mouth-watering bistro menu, or opt for a cheeseboard or grazing platter. Walk it all off with a stroll through the stunning grounds and take in the spectacular views.
Flame Hill Winery
Visit Flame Hill in the charming hinterland town of Montville to sample their spectrum of estate-grown, hand-harvested wines at the cellar door or in the dining facilities. The kitchen cooks up delicious dishes including beef and herbs that are produced on their own farms. Flame Hill deck and terrace provides the perfect setting to enjoy it all with views across the rolling hills.
Dingo Creek Vineyard
Head to Traveston to experience Dingo Creek and all that it has to offer. The cellar door has a beautiful rustic charm and a small yet delightful menu of sharing plates and desserts. Partake in an informative wine tasting to sample six wines of your choice and take home a complimentary Dingo Creek glass. You can even bring your dog (if they’re well behaved!).
This one is located a little further out in the Somerset Valley Wine Region, but it’s worth the trip. Woongooroo Estate is a family-owned, boutique vineyard that has been producing award-winning wines for almost 30 years. Not only can you taste their red, white, sparkling, and fortified wines at the cellar door, but you can also pair them with an individual cheese platter made up of local cheeses that have been specifically chosen for each wine.
Peruse our offerings of day tours and private tours. Design your own day tour to experience some of the region’s finest wineries without having to select a designated driver.
Our Scenic Food & Wine day tour includes wine tasting at Clouds the Barrel as well as spectacular lookouts, gourmet lunch. Alternatively, take a look at our selection of small group private tours, several of which include popular wineries.