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Mosquito Creek Winery opening creates a buzz
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Mosquito Creek Winery at Kurwongbah, in the Pine Rivers Shire, has been developed by local builder Darryl Keyes. Its quirky name comes from the creek that adjoins the picturesque 16 hectare property, located on the outskirts of Petrie. A true family-run enterprise, Darryl’s three daughters, Tami, Kim and Lisa, will play key roles in the day-to-day running of the cellar door, which has been designed and hand built by Darryl Keyes in Queensland colonial style. Expansive verandahs have been incorporated to provide views over the forested creek, the vineyard and west to the D’Aguilar Range. With a population of more than a million people living within a half hour’s drive, the cellar door hopes to attract a steady clientele of locals, day trippers and tour operators. “We just want people to come here, enjoy a glass of wine and a meal on the verandah, and relax and feel at home,” said Keyes. “By recreating that homely, laid-back feel we offer visitors the chance to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of Mosquito Creek. They can admire the king parrots or maybe glimpse a koala, and yet we’re only a short drive from the city or the coast.” Mosquito Creek’s cellar door currently offers three white table wines, three red table wines and a port. The small vineyard is planted with five grape varieties which will be used to produce red and pink sparkling wines, due for release next October. Consultant winemaker for Mosquito Creek, Ross Whiteford, has had 20 years experience in the industry, working in France, Argentina and for leading Australian wineries including Brown Brothers, Penfolds and Angoves. He believes south east Queensland can produce fine wines of a professional standard to match wine from elsewhere in Australia. “We decided to create sparkling wines from Mosquito Creek’s grapes because sparkling wines are very refreshing in the Queensland climate. We’ll be making these in the bottle using the classic method and expect that they will walk out the door,” said Whiteford. The sparkling red will be produced using Shiraz grapes, while the pink will be a blend of Verdelho, Semillon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin varieties. “We intend to make good quality wines that are value for money and we want to combine the enjoyment of our wines with a true taste of Queensland hospitality,” said Keyes. As well as offering lunch and morning and afternoon tea, the cellar door has plans to stage regular weekend barbecues and will also cater for small functions. Mosquito Creek Winery will be open from Wednesday to Sunday every week. For more details phone the winery on 0434 499 722.