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Discover the Sunshine Coast Wine Trail


The buzz about the Sunshine Coast is steadily gaining momentum. The Sunshine Coast Wine Trail is a truly beautiful region of beachside towns where the soil is said to be perfect for grape wine cultivation and viticulture because of its diverse soils rich in nutrients and minerals. It is also associated with volcanic activity and perfect for all sorts of species of plants. The beachside towns located on the Sunshine Coast are a must- see, and most of the Sunshine Coast Wine Trail Tours navigate through this grouping of geologically unique areas, ranging from; the Queensland government protected environment of Blackall; recently declared an Iconic Place, and is located in the higher elevation and cooler-climate temperatures. The Blackall Range is filled with rich basalts that can support subtropical rainforest. Moving through here and heading down northward closer to sea level and the coastline where climates are more mild, one reaches the town of Traveston.


There are quite a few companies offering the Sunshine Wine Trail Tour service and each of them provides differing coverage. Mystic Mountain Tours for example offers a One Day Tour that promises; stunning local vineyards, rainforest walks with waterfalls, arts, crafts, and shopping in unique mountain villages.


To better understand the coverage area - on the Sunshine Coast Wine Trail map, the tour for example, might begin in the town of D'Aguilar and visit Delaney’s Creek Winery + Vineyard "in the heart of Caboolture Shire,", which is about 160 meters above sea level in the higher elevation areas. Delaney's is known for its red and white premium table wines. A few stops later in the middle of the tour, there might be a stop to enjoy a tasting in Forest Glen to sample the spirits at the Moonshine Valley Gallery, which has been in business for 20 years, and features liqueurs and ports on its menu. A few stops after that, for the finale, one might end in the town of Traveston to visit the popular Dingo Creek Vineyard, which offers a wide variety of wines from Merlot to Sweet White, and specializes in sweets, featuring a vast selection of sweet items of every kind on its menu.

Blackall, Kenilworth, and Traveston are the most visited regions and there are tons of very good choices including the highly recommended Robinsons Family Vineyard, an award winning vineyard due its special blend of soil and climate; and Robinsons is one of the oldest in the Granite (named after igneous) Belt area.


Since there is so much to see it would take well beyond one day to get even an idea of what's out there. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is just a short drive from Raffles Mooloolaba Apartments, making Raffles a great place to use as a base while exploring the different winery selections.





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