Nothing beats a Winter getaway. Especially to the glorious Southern Downs and Granite Belt region. There’s just something about waking up in Stanthorpe. A chilly minus 2 degrees coupled with misty mornings spent looking over the orchards. Bliss!
Nicoletti Orchards Update
Firstly, it was a quick stop-over at Nicoletti Orchards. Through May to September, apple trees become dormant. However the work continues in the orchard. Grower Daniel is pruning and shaping the trees constantly. As a result, the trees are at their best before the blossoms arrive. As you may know the Stanthorpe drought is horrific. Luckily the trees are not as greatly impacted at this time. Meanwhile, don’t forget you can find yummy Nicoletti Orchards apples in local fruit shops. Keep supporting our Aussie growers!
The Barrel Room
Dinner at ‘The Barrel Room’ was simply superb. Operated by Matt and Bobbi Wells. This cozy restaurant offers an authentic yet modern Italian-Australian menu. We matched the Malbec Ballandean wine with our meal and it was perfect! Most importantly, the couple support Queensland farmers using fresh, local produce throughout their menu! We’ll definitely be back!
The biggest manufacturer of vinegar in Australia is in Stanthorpe! Lirah Vinegar‘s owner Ian Henderson provided a personal tour of his plant. It was absolutely fascinating. The fermentation process uses local apples, local wines and also wines from other states. The industry has introduced highly sophisticated machinery. As a result, the fermentation time for vinegar has been cut from 2 years to 20 hours! Amazing! Lirah Vinegar offer an exquisite gourmet range. In addition, they have also made vinegar from plums, cherries, pumpkins and honey, just to name a few!
Heritage Estate Wines
Lastly was the old brick cold store turned cellar Heritage Estate Wines. Business owners Therese and Robert Fenwick have created a superb winery. Here, they offer wine tasting and events. Heritage Estate Wines is now a Halliday 5 star winery 4 years running. John Handy the winemaker has been recognised on the national stage and he couldn’t be happier! On site is the couples 100+ year old church turned café. Here they offer delightful food plus beautiful artwork on display.
That’s a wrap!
In conclusion, we love Stanthorpe. We’ll definitely be heading back soon! Keep an eye out for our upcoming blog on the stone fruit growers of the Traprock Region. Divine Fruits is so grateful to all of our followers who enjoy reading our growers stories! Please feel free to share these stories with your friends and family. Don’t forget we have a Youtube channel so head over and subscribe!