Cork ‘n Fork Tours
Winery Information – Australian Wine Tours and Vineyards
Interesting Information about Some Of The Places We Visit
At the present time, Cork ‘n Fork Tours visits 7 wine establishments, a distillery and a micro beer brewing company on and around the 9 km plateau which is Tamborine Mountain, some of these places are :-
ALBERT RIVER WINES
There stands two historical homesteads on this site of which the first, Tamborine House, was purchased by the past owners, David and Janette Bladin. The second is now the winery which in its original state was a single-story bungalow in the traditional style now known as the ‘Queenslander’. In 1854, the home was built by Sir Thomas McIlwraith, then serving his term as Premier of Queensland. He named the house ‘Auchenflower’ after the much loved Ayshire, Scotland farm of his great uncle. The word stems from the Gaelic ‘Achaidhean Fluir’, meaning ‘fertile fields’ or ‘fields of flowers’. In 1998 it was re located and became the new home of Albert River Wines. This is but a snippet of history from this amazing location, more is revealed on our tour.
CANUNGRA VALLEY VINEYARD NOW KNOWN AS O’REILLY’S VINEYARD
Shane O’Reilly from the famous O’Reilly family of the Lamington National Park first had the concept of growing grapes in the Canungra Valley in 1996. The present cellar door homestead was relocated from Warwick and Shane purchased the estate in a deceased settlement. He has just over 7 acres under vine, consisting originally of 4500 Chambourcin and Semillon vines. Locals from the Canungra area planted these vines in November 1998. the first of their estate wines became available in August 2000. There are many more treasures to be unfolded at O’Reilly’s vineyard including their family of platypus that feed and play in the still waters of Canungra Creek behind the homestead just to name one!
This beautiful estate and winery consists of 25 acres on Tamborine Mountain approximately 650 metres above sea level. Cedar Creek flows through the property, which opens out to Wild Duck Lake, home to many birds and different duck species. The winery building consists of a restaurant and reception facilities, together with a tasting room and an underground cellar ! Cedar Creek is not only modern but built to a standard of high excellence, it is not only a treat to taste of the wines they have to offer but enjoy the quiet ambiance of the surroundings ! Not to mention the fine cuisine !
HERITAGE ESTATE WINERY
Another winery with a unique history, the building was formerly the Infant Saviour Catholic Church at Burleigh Heads, saved from demolition and transported up the Mountain where it has been transformed to its present glory. Heritage Wines are produced at Stanthorpe, from grapes grown on the granite belt Queensland. Award winning wines can be enjoyed with breathtaking views of the Gold Coast and Hinterland. It is indeed a great asset to the Tamborine Mountain area to have this small family owned and operated boutique Winery in our midst !
MT TAMBORINE WINERY
Mt Tamborine Winery is the original winery to establish a vineyard on the mountain and are considered the pioneers of the small wine community. They planted grapes at another location in 1989 and were the only location with a cellar door for eight years. Today all their fruit is grown in the Granite Belt at Severn Hills vineyard. It is then processed and bottled and then brought to the mountain to be show cased at their cellar door and restaurant situated on the famed “Gallery Walk”.
Mason Wines formerly Aussie Vineyards is Queensland’s newest goldmine of exceptional wines and home of our stylish Mason label. The Mason brand has been created from the inspiration of Robert Mason and is symbolic of yet another one of Tamborine Mtn’s emerging wine industry. Mason wines believe that their wines encapsulate Australia’s winning spirit, our lands prosperity, & trust shared between people. Each bottle is enriched with years of wine making experience, fine fruits, teamwork and passion. Mason wine’s aim is to bring the contents of each bottle alive by cultivating the essence of each ingredient from vineyard to cellar door.
WITCHES FALLS WINERY
Witches Falls Winery have their own resident wine maker Jon Heslop. He is also the owner with his wife Kim Heslop who together form a formidable team in the total wine making experience. At this site guests are given a tour of the equipment area and barrel room with an explanation of the process of the grape from the vine to the bottle process and tasting. Today this winery is rated five star red by James Halliday, this means they have maintained at least five wines at gold medal level for the past three consecutive years.
Hidden away in the Gold Coast Hinterland, is the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. This is South East Queensland’s smallest Pot Still Distillery, but of world renown. With the Combination of rich red volcanic soils and fresh Spring Water, the abundant fruit of the Mountain is fermented and distilled. They have won over 350 medals for their products against the big distillers of the world and have beaten them at their own game. Enjoy vodkas, liquers and spirits of a very high quality at this unique location.
FORTITUDE BREWING COMPANY
Australian owned and brewed onsite in the Gold Coast hinterland, our award winning beers pair quality with character for your drinking pleasure. They have two product lines: Fortitude Brewing Co, a selection of session beers where every mouthful leaves you wanting another. And the Noisy Minor Brewing Co, these beers are noisy, aggressive and sometimes downright crazy.