This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shiraz plantings on the Opera Block vineyard at Ballandean Estate, one of Queensland’s oldest family-owned and operated wineries.

To celebration the anniversary, Estate Founder Angelo Puglisi will launch his book describing his remarkable vinicultural legacy Angelo Puglisi: The Father of the Queensland Wine Industry by Tom McSweeny, at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery in November. In addition, the Ballandean Estate will be opening its doors to the public to the Opera Block for a vineyard party commemorating 50 years of growing Shiraz. Guests can enjoy a glass of sparkling upon arrival and a glass of Shiraz with Puglisi family in the original plantings of the vineyard. They will be treated to lunch with dessert especially served by the Barrelroom Restaurant and music by David and Sarah Hume.

Angelo envisioned a viable and sustainable commercial wine industry in the Granite Belt region when he opened the winery five decades ago. In 1968, together with his wife Mary, they planted a block of Shiraz vines on their Ballandearn farm, establishing the Puglisi winemaking future.

Over the next month, the Ballandearn farm will be launching a series of other events to commemorate its anniversary as well too.

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