Crane’s Vineyard and Winery is located 10 km north-east of Kingaroy off the Bunya Highway. Grapes were first grown on the property in the early 1900s, but today’s vineyards were established in the early 1990s by pioneering South Burnett winemaker John Crane. Today the property is owned by Bernie and Judy Cooper, who took over from John in 2004.Crane’s vineyards cover 3 acres and the principal grape varieties grown on the property are chambourcin, shiraz, albarino and vermentino. Cranes have their own commercial winery on the property (where they produce wines for several South Burnett vineyards) and this allows them to produce chardonnay, verdelho, cabernet, merlot, semillion and viogner too.
Crane Wines also produce wine blends; sparkling wines; liqueurs; a cream sherry; a late harvest frontignac; a full range of ports; and grappa. Crane Wines have won numerous awards over the years including top honours at the Queensland Wine Awards.
You can visit Crane Wines cellar door from 10:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week (except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day morning). In addition to wine, the cellar door also has an extensive range of hand-made natural soaps and body products; home-made jams, chutneys, preserves, sauces and condiments; and wine gift boxes, port barrels and gift baskets.