Strangebird Wine Trail

This wine trail was founded jointly by our winemaker Peter McGlashan and another well known local winemaker Jim Barnes. One Sunday afternoon over a beer the pair discussed how great it would be to have a wine trail that showcased the regions lesser known varieties.
Hence theStrangebird Wine Trailwas born.

Capture Your Strangebird Today

The region has a growing reputation as one of Australia’s top producers of alternative variety wines – known here as Strange Birds. To be called an alternative, a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by Wine Australia and be grown in the Granite Belt.

Wine tasting the cellar doors of the Granite Belt is a unique wine experience, where you’ll encounter exciting varieties, that pair very specifically to ideal foods. The wineries of the Granite Belt offer a boutique and authentic wine experience, where in many cases the hands that pour your glass are the same that tended the vines and made the wine. Certainly each bottle has a story to tell and each cellar door welcomes you to discover that unique story that goes with their variety of Strange Bird wines.

Ridgemill Estate offers a number of Strangebirds for you to try including Tempranillo, Saperavi, Viognier, Verdelho, Mourvedre. If you wish to delve a little deeper book in for a wine makers tasting and ask for the Strangebirds – you’ll have our Winemaker Peter Mcglashan take you through the rare delicacies of the granite belt.

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