The buzz about the Sunshine Coast is steadily gaining momentum. The Sunshine Coast Wine Trail is a truly beautiful region of beachside towns where the soil is said to be perfect for grape wine cultivation and viticulture because of its diverse soils rich in nutrients and minerals; associated with volcanic activity, and perfect for all sorts of species of plants. The beachside towns located on the Sunshine Coast are a must- see, and most of the Sunshine Coast Wine Trail Tours navigate through this grouping of geologically unique areas, ranging from; the Queensland government protected environment of Blackall recently declared an Iconic Place, located in the higher elevation and cooler-climate temperatures. The Blackall Range is filled with rich basalts, which can support subtropical rainforest; moving through here and heading down northward and closer to sea level and the coastline, where climates are more mild, reaching the town of Traveston.
There are quite a few companies providing the Sunshine Wine Trail Tour service and each of them provides differing coverage. Mystic Mountain Tours for example offers a One Day Tour which promises; stunning local vineyards, rainforest walks and waterfalls, arts, crafts, and shopping in unique mountain villages.
When looking at a Sunshine Coast Wine Trail map for example to understand the coverage area, the tour might begin in the town of D’Aguilar to visit Delaney’s Creek Winery and Vineyard, about 160 meters above sea level, the higher elevation areas, and “in the heart of Caboolture Shire”; specializing in red and white premium table wines. A few stops later in the middle of the tour, it might stop and enjoy a tasting in Forest Glen, to sample the spirits at the Moonshine Valley Gallery, who have been in business for 20 years and feature liqueurs and ports on the menu.
A few stops after that, for the finale, one might end in the town Traveston to visit the popular Dingo Creek Vineyard, which offers a wide variety of wines from Merlot to Sweet White, and might specialize in sweets as they detail a vast selection of sweets, in general, of every kind on their menu. Blackall, Kenilworth, and Traveston seem to be the most well-known, and are the main wine regions people are visiting.
There are tons of very good choices including the highly recommended Robinsons Family Vineyard, an award winning vineyard, due it is said to its special blend of soil and climate; and Robinsons is one of the oldest in the Granite (named after igneous) Belt area.
Since there is so much to see it would take well beyond one day to get even an idea of what’s out there. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is just a short drive from Raffles Mooloolaba Apartments, making Raffles a great place to use as a base while exploring the different winery selections.