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Granite Belt Terroir

Welcome to the Granite Belt, Australia’s highest wine region and home to over 40 cellar doors.

Less than 1% of Australian vineyards are located 600m above sea level.  We think that makes the Granite Belt pretty special.

This unexpected cool-climate wine region is home to great interpretations of classics including Chardonnay and Shiraz. But the Granite Belt also has a growing reputation as a key producer of alternative varieties.

It’s a pocket of cool in the sunshine state. Winter is cold enough to get occasional snow, summer days are warm to hot, and cool summer nights offer relief from the heat of the coast. 


The Granite Belt’s viticultural significance is recognised and protected as a wine producing region under its unique GI (Geographical Indication).

Why you should be drinking cool climate wine

Discover the decadence of cool climate wine at Ballandean Estate’s high-altitude vineyards.

  • Cool climate wines are medium-bodied, fresh and focused, with refined tannins, impressive flavour intensity and moderate alcohol levels.
  • It expresses the terroir with elegance.
  • High altitude delivers much-prized natural acid, enhancing freshness, structure and lift.

Since 1932 our family has produced wine from our vineyards in Ballandean. We are exceptionally proud of our contribution to the unfolding story of the Granite Belt Wine Region. The future of the Granite Belt as a successful Australian wine region is in the hands of many talented professionals — and our future generations will continue to be an integral part of the story. 

Angelo Puglisi

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