TROPICAL FRUIT WINERIES
Dedicated wine lovers may fear that the opportunities for wine tasting in Tropical North Queensland will be limited to a bottle of mass produced Cab Sav from the local liquor store. No? Well, once again Far North Queensland seems determined to surprise and delight... and offer something for everyone. We have found no less than ten Tropical North Queensland wineries; fruit wineries using North Queensland tropical fruits such as mango, banana, lychee, pineapple, passionfruit, black sapote, and pitaya. So pucker up, climb aboard, and get ready for our winery tour...
"Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks."
SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 4000 / Fax (07) 4098 4100
No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!
"Many people ask us how we can make dry wines from sweet fruits like Mango and Lychee" winemaker Tony Woodall says, "But grapes are the sweetest of all fruits. Grapes have the highest sugar level of any fruit."
Tony and Trudie run a boutique winery, which means that they grow the fruit, make the wine, bottle and label the wines on the farm. Amongst their range, Shannonvale winery boasts (27-4-2007) 3 Gold medal winners, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. You can sample 5 Dry wines, 2 Medium wines, 2 not so sweet Dessert wines, and 5 Ports. Tony and Trudie have established that people enjoy having a wine actually tasting of the fruit that it is made from, so they make single-fruit wines, not blends.
Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way; no chemicals are used on the fruit trees. Phone for days open.
DE BRUEYS BOUTIQUE WINES
189 Fichera Road, Mareeba
(only 2km from the Highway)
Phone / Fax (07) 4092 4515
Email, phone/fax, and mail orders welcome!
Try... and buy mango wine at de Brueys Boutique Wines. And there's more - lychee, jaboticaba, passionfruit and native bush cherry wines. Try the brand new Flagship Coffee Elixir - it's a winner! Fruit ports include mango, mulberry and award winning Swagman Port. Be tempted by the new cream liqueurs - Tropical Temptation, Strawberry Temptation and award winning Coffee Temptation.
The winery and cellar door nestles between mango orchards and open forest bushland, so typical of the Australian bush. Winemaker Bob de Brueys and Elaine will make you welcome - self drive tourists, locals, groups and bus tours, etc.
Travelling towards Mareeba from Cairns along the Kennedy Highway, turn left at Mareeba's outskirts into Tinaroo Creek Road, then almost immediately right at Fichera Road. Opening for light refreshments by year's end
MOUNT UNCLE DISTILLERY
1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin
Phone (07) 4086 8008 / Fax (07) 4093 3716
PERFECT. BEAUTIFUL. NATURAL.
Established by Mt. Uncle Grazing Co. at the turn of the 21st Century, the distillery has slowly & surely built an impeccable & incomparable reputation for crafting fine, award winning liqueurs.
Mt. Uncle Distillery prides itself on producing 100% natural, pure and preservative free liqueurs that capture the true essence and life of the fruitů just as nature intended. Standing high and above in a synthetically dominated world, the only distillery in FNQ uses a natural, tried and proven method of traditional distilling
PACIFIC BLUE WINERY
Phone (07) 4776 6374 / Fax (07) 4776 6375
Using exotic fruits such as mango, sapote, red grape, passion fruit, lychee, wild lime, cumquat and grapefruit, Pat O'Brien and Rhonda Foster have been able to create their own selection of quality table wines designed to enhance your meal and to make it simply perfect.
The quality of Pacific Blue Wine has been recognized both on a local and a national level. Their impressive list of awards are as impressive as their wines, commencing in 2002 with the 'champion wines' and 'champion wine maker's' awards for their rosella wine, red grape, passion fruit dry, lychee, lychee liqueur.
GOLDEN PRIDE WINES
MURDERING POINT WINERY
Which tropical fruits do North Queensland winemakers use?
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