The gem in the crown - the Granite Belt of Queensland
The Granite Belt is an area of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. The town of Stanthorpe is the main centre of the region. The cool, high country of the Granite Belt is located on Queensland's southern border. The area gains its name from the predominantly granite rocks that distinguish it from other areas of south east Queensland.
Granite Belt Climate
An altitude of more than 800 metres (2625 feet) on the eastern spine of the Great Dividing Range allows the Granite Belt to overcome the hurdles to producing premium quality wine that come from its subtropical climate. Sub zero winter nights, spring frosts, cold nights at the beginning and end of the season, relatively low humidity, peak summer temperatures moderated by sub-tropical monsoon influences and intermittent heavy late season rainfall all contribute to the unusual climate in the Granite Belt. Granite Belt | Wine Australia
The Granite Belt has a subtropical highland climate, distinguished by its elevation. This makes it the coldest part of the Sunshine State of Queensland. Being amongst the highest altitude wine-growing regions in Australia, it is an ideal climate for grapes. apples, stone fruit and many other fruits and vegetables. The Granite Belt is known for its spectacular wildflowers, and produces virtually all of Queensland's apple crop.
Winter months on the Granite Belt can be very cold and during winter, white crisp frosty mornings are common. Great for photography. There is a tendency for hail and on rare occasions sleet and snow. Significant snowfalls occurred in 1984, 2007 and 2015. Situated at between 680m to over 1200m, the elevation creates a climate of four distinct seasons.