Granite Belt’s new Strange Birds

The next generation of wine

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The new edition of the Granite Belt’s famous Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail guide map will be released end of July at Brisbane’s South Bank Regional Flavours.

Strange Bird is the quirky name given to the Granite Belt’s self drive alternative wine trail offering 18 alternative wine varieties for those looking for something beyond Chardonnay and Shiraz.

New wines to be awarded Strange Bird status include two Italian varieties: Vermentino, a white wine with a floral nose and citrus overtones originating from Sardinia and Corsica; and a rich and earthy red wine popular in Sicily, Nero D’Avola.

Tagged the ‘next generation of wine’, alternative varieties have been popular in leading European wine regions for generations, and are rapidly emerging in popularity in Australia because of their ability to match perfectly with food.

Owner of award winning Granite Belt winery Golden Grove Estate and producer of the new Strange Bird wine varieties Sam Costanzo said “Vermentino pairs sensationally with seafood and those that enjoy hearty meat dishes or an antipasto plate of salami should get their hands on a bottle of Strange Bird Golden Grove Nero D’Avola”.

Since the Strange Bird Alternative Wine Trail was launched in November 2007 it has captured the imagination of wine writers and has provided wine lovers with a chance to let their taste buds venture off the well-worn path of classic grape varieties.

Wine Sub-committee Chair at Granite Belt Wine and Tourism Inc (GBWT), Jim Barnes commented “We never anticipated the success of Strange Bird when developing the concept.

“It certainly highlights the consumer growth of Australians who are keen to learn more about wine and expand their palates.”

Joining the innovative trail of 21 Granite Belt wineries are Jester Hill Winery, with a vintage of Petit Verdot and Tempranillo, and Harrington Glen with a crisp and aromatic Viognier.

Pick up a copy of the guide map and taste the new birds at the Granite Belt stands, Regional Flavours or download at Granite Belt Wine and Tourism website »



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