GOOD DROP: Winemaker Peter Orr is ready for Australian Wine Month.
GOOD DROP: Winemaker Peter Orr is ready for Australian Wine Month.

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WINE buffs from around the country will taste their fair share of vino this month as the official Australian Wine Month kicks off around the country and the Granite Belt.

Seven Granite Belt wineries will take part in this year's celebration and Hidden Creek winemaker Jim Barnes believes it's a good time for local wineries to capitalise on the increase in tourists.

"Now we've got the start of the cooler weather this is the time people start coming to the Granite Belt," Mr Barnes said.

"We expect there will be a fair bit of interest in it, it's getting national coverage and all that."

Ballandean Estate, Lucas Estate, Robert Channon Wines, Whiskey Gully Wines, Felsberg Wines, Jester Hill Wines and Hidden Creek Wines are the seven local wineries taking part in the celebration, which will feature the Elevated Taste - Grazing the Granite Belt food and wine event on April 21 and 22.

Wine lovers can buy a self-grazing package which includes a visit to the seven venues, driving at their own pace or taking it all in on a shuttle bus.

"The concept is they get a voucher book where they can get a grazing plate at a winery and a glass of wine," Mr Barnes said.

"It's just a graze, go here, try this, try that.

"I'd say we might have some locals as well as our tourists from south-east Queensland."

Mr Barnes said visitors may see some new wines as the first of last year's vintages emerge.

"There might be some things that people haven't seen before," he said.

"There could be some reds from last year that have surfaced."

Registrations for the Elevated Taste event can be made at pluswines.com - follow the prompts to Queensland events.

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