SPRUIK YOUR OWN: Jester Hill Winery owner Michael Bourke says the Strangebird event at Parliament House offers Granite Belt wineries a rare opportunity.
SPRUIK YOUR OWN: Jester Hill Winery owner Michael Bourke says the Strangebird event at Parliament House offers Granite Belt wineries a rare opportunity. File

Strangebirds to take over Parliament

A KNOCK on the door and gentle twist of the arm of the powers that be at Parliament House has landed Granite Belt wineries with a unique showcase opportunity.

Tomorrow night, the first of four Strangebird wine events will be held, with six of the area's wineries invited to market their flavours.

The concept was dreamed up by husband and wife, Michael and Ann Bourke, owners at Jester Hill Wines.

"My wife Ann and I went and saw the people at Parliament House in January. While there, I also managed to convince them to hold the Queensland Wine Awards there in September too.”

Mr Bourke's power of persuasion will see Pyramids Road Wines, Jester Hill Wines, Ridgemill Estate, Casley Mount Hutton Winery and Hidden Creek Winery get the chance to show off their unique varieties to the public and politicians.

"The Granite Belt really specialises in alternate varieties, rather than your usual cabernets and shiraz and such like,” he said. "That's what we want to show.”

"It's good to see the Queensland government finally getting behind the Queensland wine industry.”

Ridgemill Estate owner Martin Cooper said any chance to expose themselves to a wider market was an opportunity worth taking.

"It's reinforcing the name Granite Belt to those who've been there before and for those who haven't been there, it's there first introduction,” Mr Cooper said.

"I think from our perspective, we say any shows, any events that are in Brisbane we must attend. It's our primary market.”

The event will take place at the River Deck at Parliament House from 6pm tomorrow night.

The next similar event, showcasing six other wineries, will be 'Strangebird in the Strangers' Dining Room' on June 21.

Tickets can be purchased from www.eventbrite.com.au/e/strange-bird-in-the-strangers-dining-room-21-june-2019-tickets-54688473697

- Matthew Purcell, Stanthorpe Border Post

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