Wineries & Vineyards
It's not well known but North Queensland is one of the many wine regions in Australia. Up here you won't find your stock standard Chardonnay or Shiraz as these progressive winemakers are looking towards the use of tropical fruit to create their Wine, Port and Liqueurs. So you won't find vineyards here you'll find fruit orchards full of mangos, bananas, lychees, pineapples, passionfruit and all the tropical fruits you can imagine. But don't worry you won't feel like you're drinking a fruit salad.
Many of the wineries are located a short driving distance from Cairns and take a minimum 30 minutes by car and a maximum of 2 hours. It's not only a great way to explore the local delicacies but also a great way to discover the surrounding Cairns area.
Golden Pride Wineries
227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba, QLD 4880
Phone: (07) 4093 2750
Golden Pride Wineries is a boutique family owned winery located just outside of Mareeba. It's located on one of Australia's largest commercial mango plantations so you can imagine that their specialty is Mango Wine. They sell a range of still and sparkling Mango wine and also Mango Port which are all delicious and refreshing. It's the perfect wine for the hot North Queensland weather. The winery is open to visitors from 8am till 6.30pm daily and well worth a visit if you're after trying something new!
de Bruey Boutique Wines
189 Fichera Road, Mareeba (via Tinaroo Creek Road), QLD 4880
Phone: (07) 4092 4515
de Brueys Boutique Wines is located in the Cairns hinterland and is just a scenic 50 minute drive from the Cairns CBD. de Brueys has won many awards for their high quality wines and liqueurs which are made using a diverse blend of tropical fruits. The cellar door is located next to their 15 hectare Mango orchard and is open daily 10am till 5pm except for on major public holidays. Come in and try their world class fruit range!
Murdering Point Winery
161 Murdering Point Road, Silkwood, QLD 4857
Phone: (07) 4065 2327
Murdering Point Winery is located just 1.5 hours south of Cairns and is a wonderful place to enjoy a red and white tropical fruit wines. It's a family run boutique winery and is set amidst the family's sugar cane farm. The Murdering Point Winery use a unique and wide range of tropical fruits to produce their wines like Lemon Aspen, Davidson Plumb, Jaboticaba and special ingredients like ginseng and ginger. When visiting the cellar door, which is open 9.30am till 5pm daily, there is a guided wine tasting and also an insight into the regions history.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman, QLD 4873
Phone: (07) 4098 4000
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery is well known in the region for their award winning tropical fruit wines. The winery does not use blends but concentrates on single fruit wines and ports which are refreshing rather than sickly sweet.
With 13 award winning wines to try, you can visit their Cellar Door between 10am and 4.30pm, 7 days per week