Welcome to Stanthorpe & Ballandean
In 1860 an Italian priest planted the first grapevines here, but it wasn’t until the influx of Italian immigrants in the 1940s that the wine industry really took off. Today functional Stanthorpe and the tiny village of Ballandean, about 20km to the south, claim a flourishing wine industry, with cellar-door sales, on-site dining and boutique accommodation. The region also claims numerous food artisans, selling everything from olive oils and chutneys to cheeses and cider.
But it’s not all wine and song: the Granite Belt’s changing seasons also make it a prime fruit-growing area, with plenty of fruit picking available for backpackers.