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November 12, 2020

Ballandean Estate brings the love to Brisbane in response to visitation doubling

Ballandean Estate brings the love to Brisbane in response to visitation doubling

Alternative wine ambassador Ballandean Estate will be bringing the love to Brisbane at Saturday’s Drink Queensland Cellar Door Festival. Since COVID-19 lockdown, Queensland’s oldest family-owned and family-operated winery has experienced an extraordinary uptake in visitation as Queenslanders were freed to travel in their home state.

Fourth-generation vigneron Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi says,

“Our cellar door has seen visitation double in 2020. We’ve had over 30,000 people visit the cellar door over the last five months, compared to 15,000 people for the same period last year. 

“What we’ve been thrilled to discover is that a huge proportion of our Queenslander visitors were here on the Granite Belt for the first time. And we’d like to see them again!

“COVID-19 slowed down our ability to visit our wine amicis. The Drink Queensland Cellar Door Festival is giving us the perfect opportunity to share some of our rare alternative wines with our new amicis and to bring the love back to Brisbane.

“We’ll be sharing and selling some of our best wines, including our truly rare and alternative Saperavi/Durif blend.  It’s a deep ruby wine with a full body, savoury blue fruit, intense bouquet, dry palate and, smooth finish with lingering French oak. This Strange Bird™ is even more unique as it is a vintage variance — hence the name Sinatlis, a lighter-style Saperavi.

“Festival-goers can also sample our single-vineyard 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2018 Shiraz Viognier sourced from 50-year-old Shiraz vines, the ever popular 2020 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and our much-loved 2017 Opera Block Chardonnay, which spends 14 months in French oak barriques.

“Drink Queensland Cellar Door Festival is offering up two great sessions of wine tastings, DJs, food trucks and a rollicking good time awaits. It’s your chance to come taste, buy and show your support of Queensland wineries,” says Ms Puglisi-Gangemi.

Ms Puglisi-Gangemi was instrumental in successfully lobbying the Office of Liquor and Gaming for easing of COVID-19 restrictions. She is Queensland’s first female voice and vote on the Winemaker’s Federation board and is an active member of the Queensland Wine Industry Association.

Ballandean Estate will be joining over 20 Queensland wineries at the RNA Showground’ John Reid Pavilion on Saturday 14 November 2020. In early 2021 Ballandean Estate will be releasing its 50th Shiraz vintage.

TICKETS https://www.citywinery.com.au/…/drink-queensland-cellar

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