When was the last time you visited Sirromet Winery at Mt Cotton? We had a couple of vouchers for the winery tour that we needed to use so we visited last Sunday and let me tell you, there’s a lot going on there nowadays. As we drove in, we could see cars parked all the way down the drive and hear music drifting through the air. Had we come on the same day as some special event? Nope. Just a typical Sunday arvo at Sirromet. We walked up past the vines that had just finished being pruned hard for the winter and came across literally hundreds of people enjoying an absolutely gorgeous Queensland winter day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. The place was jumping.
The last time I visited Sirromet, they had a tiny cellar door operation where you could do a short tour and tasting and that was basically it. Unless you had organised to visit Lurleen’s for a fine dining meal, you had done all you could do. Times have changed. Lurleen’s is still packing them in with fabulous food by Andrew Mirosch but the cellar door is now enormous and has its own outdoor eating area with a substantial pub style menu as well as huge bar. There’s live music on the weekends when the festivities spill out onto the lawns with plenty of tables and umbrellas for the crowds. On busy weekends, they have a second bar set up on the lawns. There were crowds but it wasn’t crowded. With views all the way out to Moreton Bay and over to Stradbroke Island, who wouldn’t want to sit on the lawn, let the kids run amok on the play equipment and share a bottle of wine?
Although the tour ahead of us had several people on it, strangely, there were only the two of us on our 2pm slot. After an overview of the development of the winery and the vines planted on the property (Chambourcin), it was off to the Barrel Room to hear more about winemaker Adam Chapman and the Granite Belt vineyards that produce most of the grapes for Sirromet. Close by is the climate controlled, private cellar of the owner TE Morris (spell it backwards…). As I looked down at the enormous cache of old and new world wines, I could see at least five boxed bottles of Henshcke’s Hill of Grace sitting on the floor and the tell-tale red caps and white tissue paper of multiple Penfold’s Grange cellaring in racks. I want to be invited to one of his parties!
If it’s been a while since you been out to Mt Cotton, it may be time for another visit. A voucher for winery tour and tasting would make a great gift for that someone who’s hard to buy for. Sirromet used to have a label called Perfect Day and you can certainly see why. Don’t think of Sirromet as a winery. Think of it as a great destination that just happens to sell wine.
850 Mt Cotton Rd
Mt Cotton Qld 4165
7 days a week
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