TROPICAL FRUIT WINERIES
Dedicated wine lovers may fear that the opportunities for wine tasting in Tropical North Queensland will be limited to a bottle of mass produced Cab Sav from the local liquor store. No? Well, once again Far North Queensland seems determined to surprise and delight... and offer something for everyone. We have found no less than ten Tropical North Queensland wineries; fruit wineries using North Queensland tropical fruits such as mango, banana, lychee, pineapple, passionfruit, black sapote, and pitaya. So pucker up, climb aboard, and get ready for our winery tour...
"Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks."
-Ernest Hemingway
Your hosts, Tony and Trudie Woodall.One of the extraordinary tropical fruit wines produced at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, near Port Douglas.Prize winning wines at Shannonvale winery.
SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman (MAP)
Phone (07) 4098 4000 / Fax (07) 4098 4100

www.shannonvalewine.com.au

No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!

"Many people ask us how we can make dry wines from sweet fruits like Mango and Lychee" winemaker Tony Woodall says, "But grapes are the sweetest of all fruits. Grapes have the highest sugar level of any fruit."

Tony and Trudie run a boutique winery, which means that they grow the fruit, make the wine, bottle and label the wines on the farm. Amongst their range, Shannonvale winery boasts (27-4-2007) 3 Gold medal winners, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. You can sample 5 Dry wines, 2 Medium wines, 2 not so sweet Dessert wines, and 5 Ports. Tony and Trudie have established that people enjoy having a wine actually tasting of the fruit that it is made from, so they make single-fruit wines, not blends.

Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way; no chemicals are used on the fruit trees. Phone for days open

GOLDEN PRIDE WINES
227 Bilwon Road, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4093 2750 / Fax (07) 4093 2668
Located just outside Mareeba, Golden Drop is the brand name for a versatile range of still and sparkling white wines with extremely delicate fruity flavours produced from the sweet flesh of the Kensington Red by Golden Pride Wineries.

PACIFIC BLUE WINERY
Ingham
Phone (07) 4776 6374 / Fax (07) 4776 6375
Using exotic fruits such as mango, sapote, red grape, passion fruit, lychee, wild lime, cumquat and grapefruit, Pat O'Brien and Rhonda Foster have been able to create their own selection of quality table wines.



















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MURDERING POINT WINERY
161 Murdering Point Road, Silkwood East, via Innisfail
Phone (07) 4065 2327 / Fax (07) 4065 2247
Murdering Point Winery has focused on creating a range of unique wines through the use of traditional wine making methods and modern technology. Visitors to the winery will enjoy free tastings of the wines and learn the history of the region.

Pitaya, also known as dragonfruit, adds an interesting flavour to any tropical fruit wine.

Which tropical fruits do North Queensland winemakers use?
(click on each name for more details) Acerola
Araca
Banana
Black Sapote
Bush Cherry
Caimito
Carambola
Grapefruit
Ginger
Jackfruit
Jaboticaba
Kaffir Lime
Lemon
Lychee
Mango
Mulberry
Orange
Passionfruit
Pawpaw
Pitaya
Plantain
Rambutan
Strawberry
Water Cherry

Carambola is one ingredient used to produce delicious fruit wines in Tropical North Queensland. Mango is a very popular fruit in Far North Queensland and is a fantastic ingredient when making tropical fruit wines.