Queensland's wine industry offers long-term benefits to Queenslanders, including improved tourism, economic development and employment opportunities throughout the state's wine regions.
Most wine produced in Queensland is sold domestically, but overseas exports are increasing. International markets such as China, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada are seeking premium quality boutique wines.
The main varieties produced are shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, semillon and verdelho, as well as newer varieties such as viognier and tempranillo. The Queensland wine industry's commitment to innovation and best practice has helped to create consistent high-quality wines with national and international reputation.
Queensland's wineries and vineyards add another dimension to the state's tourism experiences, encouraging additional visits and spending in the wine regions. Businesses that benefit from wine tourism include cellar door wineries, tour operators, gift shops, restaurants and accommodation providers.
This guide is an overview of Queensland's wine industry and includes tips on starting a wine business and links to wine industry associations for business support.