Ridgemill Estate Winery A Wonderful Suprise
A Little bit of Info
Owners Martin and Michelle have built themselves a lovely winery and with an undeniable Victorian feel. Ridgemill Estate has the advantage of having not only great wine but what looks to be relaxing and friendly accommodation for that getaway we all need.
Stanthorpe located west, inland – an easy 3-hour drive from Brisbane or 2/5 hours from the Gold Coast is a unique place in Queensland, Australia. It has two characteristics when nurturing a great wine. The first is its cool climate, yes it has four-seasons, the second being 890m above sea level. So this means it produces amazing fruit when not ravished by drought. Ridgemill Estate and their head winemaker Peter McGlashan have used all their skills and knowledge to produce some of the best wines we have had in a long time.
An easy 10-minute drive out of the township of Stanthorpe heading south, you will arrive at a quirky modern tasting room which exudes the fragrances of good wines. You feel relaxed as soon as you enter, are greeted and take a look around. The tasting room isn’t large but nice and intimate as you sit and chat sampling the variety of award-winning wines.
We were there during the week so it was fairly quiet in the late afternoon yet the staff were accommodating as we started what was to be an exceptional wine tasting. We were very fortunate to have Peter conducting the tasting. His knowledge is exceptional and the stories behind each wine made the experience even more special. It is a whole different ballgame when people are passionate about what they do as both Peter and Marissa are.
The tastings are extensive and the staff went through the full range of Ridgemill wines.
Cool climate regions allow the winemakers to spice things up and Pete has done this with a great range of red’s, white’s and sparkling. I sampled all the wines available and found them to be light with a great personality to boot.
Ridgemill Estate has an extensive range of reds where you can compare the subtleness of their Pinot Noir to many of the great wines of Europe (Tempranillo, Saperavi) to the best that Australian Shiraz has to offer.
I would love to talk you through the 2018 Shiraz – The Lincoln, however, it was so good it had sold out. So make sure you are on their mailing list for when the next shiraz is available to avoid disappointment.
So where do we start? Let’s start with not a description of the wine but something that may help people that shy away from red wine for various reasons. I have extensive allergies and struggle with most commercial reds and a lot of wines in general. Ridgemill wines are clean, fresh and had no effect on my allergies – information certainly worth sharing with you all.
From the not too familiar ‘The Spaniard’ Tempranillo with its rich Spanish heritage has the true Alegria of Spain. It is a true joy to drink anytime – bright and fresh on the palette.
The fun part of the names of the wines is that they are from the family. Joshua’s Pup Shiraz Grenache is a delight if you aren’t a full Shiraz lover. On saying that the Granite Belt Shiraz’s are a lot lighter than their South Australian counterparts. This little beauty is barking up the right tree with a fresh approach to a blended wine that will have you going back for more with its rich palette and succulent tannins.
Across all their red wines I was not disappointed, but the two I have just briefly described were standouts for me.
The whites are a delicious fresh change to the standard whites that we have been used to from mainstream varieties. A vibrant approach to their whites will inspire you to try them and bring you back time and time again. The standouts were.
The Chardonnay Yes that’s right! It is back to it’s brilliant best at the hands of a fine winemaker. It is the 2019 Chardonnay with a wonderful bouquet and providing a real party of joy on the palette. Great to enjoy with friends on warm summers days in fact any day we can Chardonnay.
The Pinot Grigio was the second of the enjoyable whites, it’s the life of a party. The flavour of nashi pear provides a clean crisp accent with a nice amount of acidity. This is the one to impress your friends with when the BBQ is sizzling with fish or seafood, you couldn’t go past the Pinot Grigio to compliment.
I don’t want to spoil you with the full array of wines so do yourself a favour and head out to the winery or visit their site to see where you can get their wines
The Hidden Gem
As this was our first visit to Stanthorpe we were on a learning curve and discovered not only a great winery but a great place to stay. There is accommodation available at Ridgemill and great value for money.
The cabins are a nice addition to what would be a great weekend considering they are dog friendly. There are BBQs and fabulous views of the surrounding area. We even spotted some goats meandering around. Looking forward to staying there on our next visit.
There are various packages available for mid-week and weekends and you can check them out here. There is also opportunity’s for corporate groups and events, and they have a really nice house there for a group of friends as well.
Included in the rates are the following.
Continental breakfast hamper – Local fresh bread, local apple juice, milk, cereal, farm fresh eggs, butter and jams, gourmet tea and coffee pods, fresh local fruit and a bottle of Ridgemill estate wine on arrival.
Ridgemill Estate Winery didn’t disappoint. We felt like we had discovered a hidden gem on the granite belt and were able to partake in a relaxing wine tasting with informative friendly staff. The well-developed wines are of a standard that definitely warrant the awards they have won, but the reward as a visitor is purchasing and enjoying the wines yourself.
The Winery is close enough to town so you can indulge in all that Stanthorpe has to offer. Staying at the winery would be the icing on the cake. If you visit at the right time of the year you might even be able to help Pete out in the vineyard.