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Vintage winery enters Queensland Heritage Register

Queensland’s oldest surviving vineyard, Romavilla Winery, has been entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

The decision was made by the Queensland Heritage Council at this month’s meeting.

“When we think of Australian wine, we think of the Hunter, the Barossa, Margaret River, Coonawarra – and increasingly Queensland’s own Granite Belt and South Burnett – but Romavilla produced its first commercial wine in the 1860s,” said Queensland Heritage Council chair David Eades.

“Samuel Symons Bassett established the vineyard in the 1860s, a good 40 years before Stanthorpe. In fact, Romavilla has not missed a vintage since 1866.

“By the turn of the century, Bassett was producing the forerunners of Australian wines once known as Burgundy, Chablis, Hock, Claret, Riesling, Champagne, Sauternes, Port, Muscat, Sherry and Madeira.”

Mr Eades said that while current owners – the Wall family – had introduced new technologies, they still operated from the 1878 timber and iron winery building

Romavilla Winery continues to produce table and fortified wines, including what wine expert James Halliday has called “a stylish Madeira”.

In his Australian Wine Companion 2006, Halliday described Romavilla as “an important part of the Australian wine industry”.

Romavilla is on Northern Road, about two kilometres out of Roma in south-west Queensland. It is open to the public.

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