Jester Hill Wines

About

At Jester Hill Wines, we believe the enjoyment of wine is central to many of life's experiences! We are a family owned boutique winery & cellar door in the beautiful Granite Belt, with estate grown, award winning wines. Our tranquil setting & lovely meals make us popular for lunch on the weekends, and also for weddings & celebrations.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Glen Aplin, Queensland.

Contact

Fax: (07) 4683 4396

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Winemaker

Jester Hill has been fortunate from the beginning to have had some very talented people as winemakers.

From 2004-2010 James Janda was employed full time as winemaker and viticulturist. James was passionate about vines, growing premium grapes and the processes involved in producing hand-crafted wines. James studied and worked under the third generation winemaker, Andrew Hickinbotham, in the beautiful Pinot country of the Mornington Peninsula. He was always excited about the Granite Belt and its ability to produce world-class wines.

In early 2010 James moved to the Yarra Valley with his family and late 2010 Stephen Oliver became our contract winemaker. Steve and Kevin work hand in hand with us to ensure quality grapes produce quality vines!

2012 was a landmark year for Jester Hill Wines with our 2010 Shiraz taking out Champion Mainstream Red and Champion Wine of the Show at the 2012 Queensland Wine Awards. Our 2010 Shiraz ended up with two trophies and a gold medal and our 2009 Shiraz also won a gold medal – all thanks to the handywork or Steve and Mick.

History

When Michael and Ann Bourke set off for the Granite Belt on their motorcycles in March 2010, little did they realise that 9 months later they would be the proud owners of Jester Hill Wines.

Established in 1993 with the first plantings, Jester Hill Wines strives to ensure the unique Continental climate of the Granite Belt region is represented in every bottle.

Jester Hill Wines is a family owned and operated winery. Michael and Ann believe there is a wine for everybody and our wide range of styles and varieties is sure to find favour with even the most discerning palate.

The modern cellar door and beautiful grounds surrounded by vines lend themselves to celebration. Whatever your reasons for revelry, we can make the arrangements. Sunday lunch for 12, birthday dinner for 20 or an intimate wedding for 60 – utilise our cellar door, terrace and landscaped gardens to create your perfect day – high tea on the lawn, canapes in the winery between barrels, supper at a long table amongst the vines…

In April of each year, Jester Hill Wines has an afternoon and evening of entertainment, food and wine. In past years there has been some hilarious versions of Shakespeare’s plays courtesy of
The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. With Court Jesters, Jokers and music it is fabulous mid-autumn entertainment.

The beautiful extensions to the cellar door were opened on April 1 2007 and April Fool’s has become the foundation day celebrations. With a dedicated large-group tasting area in the cellar door, bus and coach tours can be catered for without impacting on the special attention paid to individuals.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our wine regions geographic indicator is called the "Granite Belt" due to the nature of the terrain. Large granite boulders pepper the landscape, (which can be a pain during planting!). The soil is very porous; sandy/loam and grey brown in colour with light clay at depth. The drainage is good and the soil is reflective due to quartz content. The Granite Belt has the required altitude to create distinctive seasons with cold frosty winters and warm summers. Jester Hill is 750 meters in altitude on a gently sloping northern face. The area has a mean January temperature of 21.5 °C and the region's Heat Degree Days (HDD) reading of 1703 is equivalent to the Barossa Valley (SA) and Margaret River (WA) grape growing regions.

When the property was purchased in 1990 it had a small plantation of fruit trees and table grapes which were removed and the ground rested for two years prior to the first planting. Planting began in July 1993 with disease resistant root stock, which was then left for 12 months to establish their root system prior to field grafting. Each year the new area selected for planting was prepared by deep ripping and disking the soil with the addition of gypsum; dolomite and superphosphate. This was done to provide the soil with the right structure; pH level and nutrients.

The vines were then grafted with Shiraz scion. This regime was continued until 1997 when one year old bench grafted vines were planted to provide an earlier maturity. Harvest extends from late January untilApril while pruning occurs during July, August and September. To date, 5 hectares of the property have been planted with a plan to reach 7 hectares. This will eventually produce over 50 tonnes of grapes annually which is enough for a small, family run vineyard.

The District...

The Granite Belt area gains its name from the predominantly granite rocks that distinguish it from other areas that makes up much of south-east Queensland. It is further distinguished by its elevation, which makes it the coolest part of Queensland.

The area is Queensland's premier wine region and home to the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. Many of the fifty plus wineries in the region have enjoyed significant success with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay for some years. Recently Verdelho has performed very well and many wineries are experimenting with alternative grape varieties, including Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Petit verdot.

Winter months can be very cold on the Granite Belt, and night time frost is very common. Bleak overcast conditions on rare occasions bring hail, sleet and snow. Situated at between 800-1050 metres above sea level the altitude creates a climate of four distinct seasons.

While our frosty Winters are the most popular time for tourists to visit the region, more and more people are escaping humid Brisbane and the coast to enjoy our beautiful Spring & Summer days.

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Hours

Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm

Address

292 Mount Stirling Road
Glen Aplin, Queensland 4381
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