TOP EFFORT: Sisters Leeanne Gangemi and Robyn Henderson of Ballandean Estate Wines with the award.
TOP EFFORT: Sisters Leeanne Gangemi and Robyn Henderson of Ballandean Estate Wines with the award. Liana Turner

Big tourism win for Ballandean Estate

A PASSION for the Granite Belt's tourism industry has led Ballandean Estate Wines to victory at the Southern Queensland Country Tourism Chairman's Awards.

The winery claimed the top gong along with Bestbrook Mountain Retreat.

Ballandean Estate Wines customer relations manager Leeanne Gangemi said they were thrilled with the recognition.

"We didn't even know we had been nominated so it was a nice surprise,” she said.

She said helping to nurture tourism throughout the Granite Belt had always been a great passion for the family-run winery.

"It's really been important to our business,” she said.

The awards were presented at the annual Southern Queensland Tourism Industry Conference in Kingaroy last Tuesday.

Southern Queensland Country Tourism Chair Dr Jane Summers said it was too difficult to decide between the two peer-nominated winners.

"Both Ballandean Estate and Bestbrook Mountain Resort are terrific role models,” Dr Summers said.

"We at Southern Queensland Country Tourism work with amazing tourism operators every day and it's wonderful to recognise the leaders in our industry for the outstanding work they undertake, how they embody the Southern Queensland Country brand, their contribution to the visitor experience and how they actively support tourism growth at a local and regional level.”

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