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Queensland decides

Queensland politicians may be waiting for exit polls on 21 March, but they’ll be pipped at the post by a new survey being undertaken by Granite Belt winemakers. Wine – in moderation – is infinitely more interesting than politics, they believe.

Under Australian law, wine labels must carry certain information – the big question is: how should Queensland’s top drops be identified?

Should they read “Granite Belt, Queensland” or, should they read “Granite Belt, Australia”? Both are legal, but what does the consumer want?

It is a timely question as — for the first time ever – the 2008 Wine of the Year in Winestate magazine came from the Granite Belt. It beat off 10,000 wines from all comers of Australia, busting the myth that Queenslanders can’t make wine.

Granite Belt Wine & Tourism’s chair of wine, Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, said, “Within the industry we’ve toyed with it for years and in the end it has come down to individual commercial preference. The wine media has also debated what would best bolster sales, but they can’t agree either. So we thought we’d ask the wine-loving public. It is a chance to test parochialism and bias.”

If you are over 18, you can vote now online. Voting closes at 1pm on Monday 16 March. Australian residents who submit their email address will go into the draw for a mixed case of wine from the Queensland wine capital – a little something with which to celebrate or commiserate the results of the State election.

To vote – click on the VOTE NOW button on www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au

Across the Granite Belt the 2009 vintage is so far looking fantastic. Gangemi said “A long dry period leading up to harvest should give us some great whites this vintage. Most of the Verdelho is now in the tank and the Chardonnay and Viognier harvest is well under way. The reds are also looking good too: Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet harvest will start in about two weeks.”

To learn more about the Queensland wine capital visit www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au or telephone 1800 SO COOL or (07) 4681 2057.



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