Ballandean Estate on Queensland's Granite Belt launches At Our Table »

A visitor experienced offering a look behind the scenes of a family winery

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Ballandean Estate Puglisi family
Ballandean Estate Leanne Puglisi-Gangemi & Robyn Puglisi-Henderson
Ballandean Estate entrance


Ballandean Estate Wines continues to innovate with its latest visitor offering, At Our Table, an intimate look behind the scenes at Queensland’s oldest family-owned-and-operated winery on the Granite Belt.

Angelo Puglisi had a vision to develop a viable and sustainable commercial wine industry in the Granite Belt region, and in 1968, he planted a block of shiraz vines with his new wife Mary on his Ballandean farm, cementing the Puglisi winemaking future.

“Our family has been making wine on our Granite Belt estate since 1932, and we saw a real opportunity to provide visitors with a complete and intimate experience of our operating vineyard and winery led by a Puglisi family member. We are the fourth generation of family working on the estate,” says Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, daughter of estate owners Angelo and Mary Puglisi.

“This weekly event is a celebration of family, food and wine – a personal invitation from the Puglisi family into our world of winemaking, viticulture and local produce on the Granite Belt. Eat local, drink local is our mantra, and upheld in the highest regard by The Barrelroom’s owner-chefs Travis Crane and Arabella Chambers, who run the vineyard restaurant."

At Our Table’s ever-changing seasonal menu features low food miles and quality-over-price. Travis and Arabella grow much of the produce in the kitchen garden."What we don’t grow, we source as paddock gate to plate produce – we have Ballandean pork, organic local turkey, Mallow sheep, even wild Ballandean venison! Ballandean Estate and The Barrelroom are committed to supporting local and regional farmers and the Granite Belt’s artisan producers" she continued.

“Every Monday, we host a vineyard tour and luscious long lunch in the Barrel Room for one to eight visitors from 11am until 2.30pm. Our guests meet at the cellar door then head out to the Opera Block, where we are celebrating 50 years of shiraz plantings for a viticultural master class –you may run into Uncle Sam or Dad (Angelo Puglisi, estate founder) pruning the baby vines and having a yarn, there is just so much history to explore."

From the vineyard tour, it's on to the winemaking facility where guests meet winemaker Dylan Rhymer, who is always happy to explain how the intensity of colour, cool climate flavour profile and silky tannins for which Ballandean's wines are world-famous are produced.

All that fresh country air really works up an appetite so the next stop is The Barrelroom, where guests are introduced to the five wines that will be accompanying the long lunch.The Puglisis love to share their 'Strangebird' (alternative grape) varieties as they are such great food wines!

A divine two-course meal is then accompanied by wines. Imagine an entrée of organic bullock pastrami, crumbed hen egg, potato, snow peas, buttermilk, followed by an organic Mallow sheep, potkin, beetroot, onion, goat’s cheese main.

All of the food is sourced within three hours’ drive, with as much as possible grown in the kitchen garden – everything from wild asparagus to flourishing mint planted by the Puglisi's great-grandfather.

“We aim to provide a fully immersive and educational gourmet experience.Our hosted lunch is a great chance to relax and unwind, or ask a thousand questions – the journey is the destination!" says Leeanne.

After lunch, guests visit the Gourmet Food Gallery, which exhibits a vast array of foods produced in the Granite Belt by local food artisans such as Lirah Vinegar, New England Larder, Mount Stirling Olives, Blue Pot Pantry, Ballandean Honey and Cypress Ridge Garlic Products plus gourmet delights such as cheese, vinegars, and verjuice, chocolate, olives and much more.

At Our Table is held every Monday between 11am and 2:30pm art Ballandean Estate Wines,354 Sundown Rd Ballandean. The all-inclusive package is $90, or $80 for a designated driver (half-pours). Bookings are essential; please call (07) 4684 1226.

See links below for further information on Ballandean Estate and their wines.


  • Granite Belt (QLD)

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