Wine trail creates ‘grape escape’ for tourists
RECOGNISING the South Burnett's wine trail was the focus of a brand new wine and food festival for the region.
Moffatdale Ridge Winery's Emily Kinsella said the Grape Escape festival on October 26 and 27 seemed to be a success.
"It's perfect for us to showcase we are a good wine region," she said.
"Lots of people would normally only get to one or two wineries and now they're getting around to four."
Ms Kinsella said the festival was important in recognising their fellow wineries.
"You can't have a wine trail with just one winery, it's important for us to band together," she said.
Last Thursday, a $460,000 five-year strategy was announced to boost tourism in Queensland winery regions.
Ms Kinsella said with this plan to drive international and domestic tourism, the interest from the 'Grape Escape' could be just the beginning for the South Burnett wine trail.
"We're desperate to get Queensland recognised as a wine region," she said.
Tourists took advantage of the shuttle bus which went between the participating wineries in Moffatdale on Saturday.
They enjoyed wine tastings, live entertainment and tasting platters of local produce at each of the locations along the wine trail.
South Burnett artist Patricia van Kempen showcased some of her work alongside her daughter Maria's work at Moffatdale Ridge Winery as part of the festival.
"Art and food and wine goes together," she said.
After recently showing her artwork at the Wondai gallery, she had many pieces ready to go for the festival.
Ms van Kempen has seen the South Burnett wineries develop over the decade she has lived in the region.
"I'm happy to stay in the regional area and help support the wineries," she said.
"It's nice to have people come from outside the area for the festival."