Ballandean Estate Wines is an icon in the Queensland Wine Industry. Our family is a pioneer of the Queensland Wine Industry and continue to be a progressive leader of the industry.
The tradition of winemaking on Ballandean Estate was first established in 1930, when Mr Salvatore Cardillo brought his family to settle in the Stanthorpe area. With the flood of Italian immigrants who settled in certain parts of Queensland in the first half of the century came many customs and values from the homeland… including a love of good food and wine.
Salvatore planted some table grapes on his farm, and from these made quantities of bulk red wine, some of which he sold locally. When his son-in-law, Mr Alfio Puglisi, took over the farm in 1941, this practice continued.
When Angelo and Mary Puglisi took over the farm from Angelos’ parents in 1968, they saw the potential for a new industry in the area and decided to make wine commercially. Angelo and Mary replanted the vineyard, moving from table grapes to several varieties of wine grapes. These were some of the first wine grapes to be planted on the Granite Belt and continue to produce high quality grapes.
Today Ballandean Estate produces a large range of wines including alternative grape varieties such as Viognier and Sylvaner. In 2009 two new varieties were introduced to the range: Durif and Saperavi.
The production facilities at Ballandean Estate are well-equipped and continual investment ensures that modern technology is well integrated.
Today, the 4th generation, daughters Leeanne and Robyn continue to grow and promote their business and brand alongside Angelo and Mary.
In 2009, a Gourmet Food Gallery was opened at our Cellar Door exhibiting a vast array of foods produced in the Granite Belt by local food artisans.
The Granite Belt is an area of the Great Dividing Range in south-east Queensland, Australia centred around the town of Stanthorpe. The cool high country of the granite belt is found to the south of the Darling Downs and north of the New England Tablelands. The area gains its name from the predominantly granite rocks that distinguish it from other areas that makes up much of south-east Queensland. The Granite Belt ranges between 750-1200m above sea-level ensuring a cool summer growing period and long frosty winters.
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sylvaner, Muscat
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