THE Darling Downs is fast becoming a haven for wine lovers and Toowoomba boutique winery Preston Peak is leading the field.
Last financial year saw a 7.5 per cent drop in wine production in Australia however Preston Peak has grown in size and reputation.
Owner Ashley Smith said that his hand crafted wines have caught the eye of southern rivals in the highly competitive wine industry.
“Everything on the estate is hand tendered which ensures the highest quality product possible," Mr Smith said.
“As our reputation continues to grow and people recognise that while our wines are not cheap the quality of our wines makes them incredibly unique."
Preston Peak Wines’ reputation for producing world-class wine was recognised recently when their 2008 Reserve Shiraz was judged to be in the Top Five Shiraz of Australia and New Zealand in the prestigious Winestate Wine of the Year awards.
“To be judged better than Penfolds Grange Hermitage and Henschke Hill of Grace was a great result for us and it just shows that Queensland does produce some fantastic wines,” Mr Smith said.
Now producing 3,500 case of wine and receiving 20,000 visitors annually cellar door manager Shana Rogers said visitors were surprised when they arrived at the estate.
“People are quite surprised when they come out and realise that it is such a stunning part of the local area, its proximity to Toowoomba is also beneficial,” Ms Rogers said.
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