Those who already appreciate Queensland wine and those who are sceptical (still?) should get along to some of the events happening during the second annual Queensland Wine Week (March 31-April 6).
According to Queensland Wine Week organiser Peter Marchant, lack of support from retailers, and the distance to Granite Belt cellar doors, mean many Queenslanders have never tried the wine produced in their own state.
Queensland has about 90 wineries. Marchant says that while some wines are better than others, most Queensland wines are of "exceptional quality and value for money". The intention of Queensland Wine Week is to "highlight good wines that Queenslanders can be proud of".
"It's an opportunity for people to dip a toe in, then go for a swim if they like," Marchant says.
The week kicks off with a free tasting of 25 wines at supporter-of-all-things-local, John Mills Himself bar in the CBD. Other events include a Granite Belt road trip and a chef's table wine dinner at Azafran in Annerley. Queensland wines will also be on pour in some of Brisbane's best restaurants, including Public, Aria, Hyatt Sanctuary Cove, Ecco, Esquire, Cru Bar, Super Whatnot and Toowoomba's Veraison.
Program details can be found here.