The Witches Falls Winery at North Tamborine has been recognised by wine guru James Halliday in his annual Australian Wine Companion guide.
Two of the Witches Falls whites were awarded 94 points each by Halliday.
Winemaker Jon Heslop told the Courier Mail the recognition was ‘highly significant’.
Halliday was impressed with the 2011 Wild Ferment Granite Belt Sav Blanc and the 2011 Wild Ferment Granite Belt Chardonnay, saying the winemaker had demonstrated ‘sophisticated and skilled winemaking’.
Witches Falls wines are available for purchase online.
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Monday, August 5th, 2013
The Witches Falls Winery at North Tamborine has been recognised by wine guru James Halliday in his annual Australian Wine Companion guide.
Friday, June 21st, 2013
The Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday June 29 will feature producers and retailers from across the Scenic Rim, as well as children’s activities, live music and the Kalbar Bendigo Bank Tractor Pulling Competition. QLD Food Fellow Alison Alexander and Brisbane Chef David Pugh will lead a cooking demonstration using local produce.
Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce will be on sale during the Harvest Festival, which runs from noon to 5pm at the Aratula Community Sports Complex.
An incredible array of producers and retailers will sell samples of their products, including:
Aratula Butcher: Kane Lutter and Marshall Chalk opened their shop seven months ago on the Cunningham Highway at Aratula and they’ve been busy ever since. They do big weekend trade, with passing traffic pulling in to sample their range of fresh beef, pork and sausages. The pair both breed their own cattle at Tarome and Carneys Creek, and they prepare the meat onsite, something which Kane says is of interest to city-based customers.
At the Winter Harvest Festival they will be selling steak burgers, kebabs and sausages.
Kalfresh: Carrot farmers Annie and Tracey Rieck live and breathe carrots. But it’s Annie’s carrot cake which really gets people excited. She will be selling slices at the Winter Harvest Festival, as well as Kalfresh carrot pre-packs, carrot soup, carrot & zucchini slice, carrot cake cookies, carrot scones, carrot salads and more.
West Farms: Narelle and Kent West have been growing vegetables in the Fassifern Valley for many years. At the Winter Harvest Festival they will be selling bunches of fresh beetroot, turnips and pumpkins, in support of the Fassifern Bombers Football Club. They will also be selling their Kent’s Produce range of gourmet vegetable-based preserves and relishes.
Greenlee Farms: Paul and Robyn Lee bought a rural property at Canungra as part of a lifestyle decision. But the accountant couldn’t help herself and soon decided to plant 500 macadamia trees. They couple will sell macadamias and their honey at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Normanby Wines: Jenny and Mick Hall used to grow vegetables on their Harrisville farm but when drought struck they looked for another option. Their investigation drove them to drink – literally. They planted grape vines and now produce verdelho, shiraz, chambourcin, Grenache and merlot. They also open their cellar door the public and often host wine and jazz events.
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk: Meet Greg Dennis, the Tamrookum Dairy farmer who has started processing and bottling his own milk. His newly-released Scenic Rim 4Real Milk is now in stores and he will be selling milk at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Boonah Lions Club: If you haven’t tried the Boonah Lion’s Club hand-cut Chips then you haven’t lived. This year they’ll be cooking potato chips with locally sourced potatoes from Kalbar farmer Des Colthup.
Scenic Rim Olives: Glynn and Barbara Kelly started planting their olive grove shortly after moving to their Kalbar farm about eight years ago. Each year they plant another 100 trees and now they sell olives and olive oil under the name Scenic Rim Olives. They will sell olives, oil, dukkah and other products at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Towri Sheep Cheese: Meet Carolyn Davidson, who breeds sheep at Allenview. She uses the sheep’s milk to make a range of boutique sheep’s cheeses. She will be selling some of her most popular cheeses at the Winter Harvest festival, including Blue Ewe, Baa Jar, Pecorino and Eweghurt. Tasting plates also available.
Boonah Fruit Supply: Scott and Jolene Martin from Boonah Fruit Supply will be selling a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, sourced direct from farmers in the region, including the Gibb Brothers and Moffatt & Sons. They will also have jars of Scott’s beautiful honey for sale.
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard: David McMaugh released his first bottle of shiraz in 2005 and since then his rose-shiraz and his ports have developed a keen following. He welcomes visitors to his cellar door at Bunjurgen most weekends and during the week. The former soldier and university professor will sell his top drops at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Deli Vino on Tamborine: This gourmet deli will be selling a selection of Mountain goodies, including wine from O’Reilly’s and Witches Fall vineyards, Ironbark Grange Olives, Witches Chase Cheese platters and Real Fine Foods dukkah.
Bakers of Aratula: The Pennell family will be selling their popular fruit and nut loaf, rye bread, fruit and nut cake slice, banana bread slice, ciabatta with pesto and salami, caramel slice, coconut slice bites and mini pies and sausage rolls.
Desley & Pietro Agnoletto: These pizza and pasta-making professionals will be offering something a little different. Try their Mt Barney mango sorbet, and gelato made with Scenic Rim 4Real Milk; Mt Barney free-range eggs and their own Macadamia nuts.
Tickets to the Winter Harvest Festival can be pre-purchased at www.liveatthecentre.com.au or purchased at the gate. Adults are $10 and children under 12 are free.
Download the full Eat Local week schedule at www.eatlocalweek.com.au
Friday, March 29th, 2013
Scenic Rim wine, spectacular views and sensational jazz … what a way to spend the weekend.
Two of the region’s vineyards are hosting Wine and Jazz events during April.
On April 14, the Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard will host the exciting Clem Four Jazz Band from 11am. Enjoy fine food, wine and contemporary music from beneath the shade of the Ironbark trees.
Tickets are $25 and children under 16 are free.
Local producers will be selling olives, cheese, gelato, jams, pottery and wood ware.
On April 21, Scenic Rim jazz band, The Fassifern Five, will provide the entertainment at Normanby Wines at Harrisville.
Jazz in the Courtyard will run from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are $25 and include hot finger food and great entertainment.
Find out more
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
The Scenic Rim’s burgeoning liquor production trade has brewed up another business, with Council recently approving the establishment of a boutique brewery at Tamborine Mountain.
The Beard and Brau Brewery will produce handcrafted micro-brewed beers and previously operated in South Australia.
Due to demand for its product, the brewery has relocated to eastern Australia and sought Council approval to begin operating from a 1.7ha property at Tamborine.
The brewery will produce up to 20,000 litres of beer each year, in 800-litre batches.
“The Scenic Rim is already home to a number of boutique breweries, distilleries and wineries, many of them award-winning enterprises,” Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Jennifer Sanders said.
“We welcome the latest addition to this growing industry.”
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
FEAST – a celebration of Scenic Rim’s fresh food producers – will be the climax of Eat Local Week.
Feast, a Night to Remember, will celebrate the efforts, hard work and determination of the region’s farmers, particularly coming off a couple of very tough years.
The event is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council and has been made possible through funding provided under the Community Development and Recovery Package, which is a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr John Brent, says Feast will be an event to remember, an event which provides a relaxed and enjoyable evening ‘off’ for the local community.
“It’s an evening for growers, producers and providers and will seek to recognise the work they do and the challenges they have had to overcome in recent times.”
Feast will be a catered dinner, held at the Aratula Community Centre, a venue which is surrounded by prime agricultural land. The setting will be visually exciting and will depict a banquet hall from another era.
Cr Brent says the event will feature an abundance of local produce and the food will be prepared by a local catering company.
“This is a night which will celebrate all of the effort which goes into being a producer, grower or provider of fresh food in the Scenic Rim,” says Cr Brent.
“We want to acknowledge the achievements and reflect on the challenges facing the local industry.
“In January 2011 a number of growers were impacted by the heavy rains and floods which swept through south-east Queensland. Many are still recovering from the damage and impact of those events.
“The Scenic Rim is a fertile region, rich with talented food producers. The Scenic Rim is also a large region and often residents in one part of the region are not aware of the efforts and products being produced by another sector. Feast will promote awareness from within and will enable growers and producers to strengthen their local networks and create future opportunities.”
Feast will be held on Saturday June 30 at the Aratula Community Centre.
The event is open all residents and tickets cost $40, which includes a welcome drink, three course meal and entertainment. They are available online from www.liveatthecentre.com.au, and from the Box Office at The Boonah Cultural Centre or The Centre Beaudesert.
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Follow the journey from paddock to plate during Eat Local Week, which run from Sunday June 24 to Sunday July 1, and will celebrate all aspects of the Scenic Rim food industry. The focus of Eat Local Week will be on local farms, food producers, restaurants and the organisations and people who play a part in making locally-grown food more accessible in the region.
The week features a number of events, tastings, produce tours and workshops, which are open to residents and visitors. Find out full details of all that is on offer at www.eatlocalweek.com.au Eat Local Week starts with the Zest Fest at Beechmont on Sunday June 24 and will climax with the FEAST Celebration Dinner at Aratula on Saturday June 30.
The FEAST Celebration Dinner will acknowledge the efforts, hard work and determination of the region’s farmers, particularly coming off a couple of very tough years.
Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr John Brent, says FEAST will be an event to remember, an event which provides a relaxed and enjoyable evening ‘off’ for the local community.
“It’s an evening for growers, producers and providers and will seek to recognise the work they do and the challenges they have had to overcome in recent times.” (more…)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Mt Barney’s best food, wine and accommodation will be showcased over May 26 and 27 at the 6th annual Hidden Tastes of Mt Barney Festival.
Tourism operators in the region will join together to provide five unique experiences to visitors, who are encouraged to ‘come for a day or stay for the weekend’.
Mt Barney is Queensland’s second highest peak and is a dominant feature in the natural landscape.
Activities and events will be held at five country properties and include wine tastings, Italian cooking classes, bush tucker tours and tastings, a gourmet bush tucker BBQ, alpaca introductions and a traditional Scottish Highland tea.
Entry is free and Mt Barney is located about 30minutes from Boonah and Beaudesert.
The participating operators are: (more…)
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
A boutique travel company which offers a luxury door-to-door Scenic Rim winery tour says visitors love the region’s scenery and the friendly, welcoming hosts.
Tim Scarisbrick of Eco Safaris Queensland says the personalised Scenic Rim wine tour market was largely untapped until he started his business nearly a year ago.
The region and Tim’s tours are proving popular with groups of friends and work colleagues.
Eco Safaris collects groups from home or work in a Landrover Discovery (six people) or a mini bus (11 people) and takes them on a personalised wine and lunch tour, with stops at some very scenic spots on the way.
When Tim, a university-trained National Parks guide, first started his business nearly a year ago he expected the nature tours to be the most popular.
But that hasn’t been the case and it’s in fact the Scenic Rim wine region which has garnered the most interest.
Tim offers a tour to Tamborine Mountain in the Scenic Rim’s east, and another to the south-west part of the Scenic Rim, taking in Harrisville, Boonah and Mt Alford.
“There’s very little out there in terms of private winery tours and everyone who does the tour says, ‘I’ve been meaning to do this for ages,’” says Tim.
“We have suggested winery tours and we generally stick to them but because they’re a private tour we can also do what our guests like.
“I recently did a tour where we did a nature walk through the rainforest before we went to a winery for lunch. At Tamborine Mountain we have a number of different options, we can stop at the Gallery Walk, or go to the Skywalk or visit the German Brewhouse.
“We might stop at Marks & Gardner Gallery for an antipasto platter … it just depends what people are after.
“On the Scenic Rim winery tour there are less options but people are just thrilled to get out there, they really love it.
“They love the scenery, particularly when we reach Peak Crossing, it’s really beautiful, as is Lake Moogerah and the mountains around Mt Alford. They’re also really impressed with the personalised service that the wineries offer.
“The wineries are more personal and friendlier than many they have visited in Australia and around the world, and the staff are very welcoming. People have also been very impressed with the wines, I explain that while it is a newer wine area the wines have won awards and they are very well received.”
Tim says he offers all-inclusive packages which can be tailored to the needs of the group. He can take groups of six, 11 and 24 and collect from home or from work.
The price includes transport, commentary, lunch and a ‘gold esky’ of goodies for the journey.
“People have a lot of fun on the tours, they just have a great time. They often say, ‘I didn’t realise all this was available. Initially they’re reluctant to go further than Tamborine Mountain but when they come to other parts of the Scenic Rim they realise how close it is, Boonah really is only one hour from Brisbane.”
Find out more at www.ecosafaris.com.au
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
A GROUP of Australia’s top chefs, waiters and restaurateurs visited Scenic Rim producers this week as part of the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence competition.
The group of under 30s are finalists in the national competition which seeks to discover and support the country’s rising food stars.
The group visited the Kalfresh Fresh Vegetables farming company at Kalbar and the Witches Chase Cheese Co at Tamborine Mountain.
The five-day regional produce tour around Queensland enabled the finalists to meet and learn from passionate farmers, growers, producers and harvesters of dairy, horticulture, meat, seafood and emerging industries.
On Friday night the young chefs will take produce sourced during their tour and use it to prepare a Hunt & Gather dinner at Aria Restaurant in Brisbane. (more…)
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Taste, sip, sample, enjoy – it’s a simple concept and it’s one which is making Tamborine Mountain’s DeliVino popular with locals and visitors alike.
Since opening in July, DeliVino has excited food and wine lovers with its offerings.
Heike Edrich and Alex Baan are behind the deli-wine bar concept and are already well known on the Mountain for their popular Spice of Life Cafe.
With DeliVino they offer a provedore-style deli out front and a wine bar out back.
They promise to stock hard to find ingredients, international and local cheeses, meats and other gourmet delights. (more…)