make some great tropical fruit wines.
Most of Australian wine
regions produce grape wines in southern parts
of the country.
But in the northern Australia,
where the climate is too hot for grapes to grow, you'll find wineries
producing lychee wine, mango wine, banana wine, pineapple wine,
mulberry wine, and even wines of jabuticaba, black sapote, and
Australian native fruits like davidson plum
Australian Tropical Fruit Wines
What grows well in Queensland are tropical fruits and
have been growing them in plantations long before they got the idea to
turn their mangos, lychees, pineapples, passionfruit, pawpaws, black
sapote and pitaya into lychee wine, pineapple
wine and other tropical fruit wines.
It is a much younger industry than the southern grape wines – the first
tropical fruit wine cellar
door opened about 30 years ago, but during the last five-or-so years,
new tropical fruit wineries have opened, and today you can visit their
cellars and taste free samples just like in the southern ones.
North Queensland Wineries Do Make Dry Wines
People tend to think that tropical fruit wines are sweet, but they are
not, they can be just as dry as grape wines. I’ve visited many tropical
fruit wineries and the winemakers have told me that the process of
making tropical fruit wines has many advantages compared to the grape
wines when it comes to getting rid of sweetness and improving the
flavour. They have, of course, sweet wines too, but they also do make
dry wines. And you can taste them for free just as in southern
Southernmost North Queensland Wineries
The three southernmost north Queensland
all on the coast of north
Queensland (north of Townsville):
Pacific Blue Winery in Ingham,
Paradise Estate Wines in Mission
Beach and Murdering Point Winery further
north, along the turnoff to Kurrimine Beach. Pacific Blue Winery has
wine, black sapote wines
and other tropical
fruit wines for the last 15 years and won many awards. Paradise
Estate is the oldest of Queensland’s tropical fruit wineries and it
specialises in banana wine. Murdering
has put on extensive
advertising campaigns within tourism industry and is probably the most
famous. They do produce wines from many different tropical fruits but
their speciality is native fruits such as Davidson Plum
and Lemon Aspen.
Northernmost Queensland Wineries
The northernmost coastal tropical fruit wineries are in far
north Queensland (north of Cairns):
the Endeavour Valley Winery in Cooktown and the Shannonvale Tropical
Fruit Winery in Mossman. The Endeavour Valley Winery specialises in
dessert wines, while the Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
makes an extensive range wines from home grown fruit such as fig
wine, mulberry wine, lychee wine,
lime wine, mango wine, and others
such as wines out of star fruit, passionfruit, grapefruit, rambutan,
orange, purple star apple, water cherry, jabuticaba and black sapote.
Inland North Queensland Wineries
In inland north Queensland, there are three tropical fruit
wineries on Atherton
Tablelands: Sunset Ridge in Yungaburra,
and Golden Pride Wines and De Brueys Boutique Wines in Mareeba. De
Brueys makes a range of wines like lychee wine,
wine, and wines of passionfruit, jabuticaba
and bush cherry. Golden Pride Wines specialises in
mango wine of fruits that they grow on their own mango farm – one of
the largest in Australia.
Here's a North Queensland map, where I
the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags
to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to
zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and
if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on
"Sat" in the top right hand corner.
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