Family-owned Sirromet Winery, located just 30 minutes from Brisbane, and renowned for putting Queensland wines on the map, is set to open 18 superbly appointed tents for guests who enjoy a side of ‘glamping’ with their grapes.   The new ‘Sanctuary by Sirromet,’ due for completion in May 2018, is Queensland’s first vineyard glamping accommodation experience. Its nature-based style will complement Merlot House – the existing four-bedroom open plan guesthouse situated on the Sirromet grounds – and create a unique addition to owner Terry Morris’s multi-faceted winery business.   “We have wanted to create extra accommodation here at Sirromet for some time but it needed to be something unique and in keeping with the natural surroundings,” said Sirromet owner, Terry Morris “The safari-style tents we have created at Sanctuary by Sirromet take full advantage of the stunning landscape and offer the perfect option for guests who enjoy being amongst nature but with an extra level of comfort and style.”   Sanctuary by Sirromet allows guests to escape the everyday and connect with nature. The tented pavilions are located hillside following the natural contour down to the lagoon which is home to a variety of native wild life and surrounded by paperbark trees and giant scribble gums. Each has a private balcony floating above the landscape, giving guests a ‘tree house’ impression looking across the canopy and over the lake.   The site is home to a large population of wildlife, including kookaburras, monitor lizards, owls, a variety of birds and resident wallabies who graze freely around and under the decks as guests take in the views over a breakfast hamper or with a glass of wine as the sun goes down.   The 18 spacious tents, comprised of 15 couples’ tents, two for families and one specially fitted out bridal suite, are made from durable double-layered all-weather canvas and offer a natural yet elegant décor in keeping with the surroundings.   The interiors feature king beds with top of the line linen and bedding, bedside tables and lamps, and reverse cycle air-conditioning to cater for all seasons. Two large day chairs inside as well as outdoor table and chairs will allow guests to relax and enjoy a Sirromet wine from the well-stocked mini- bar.  All tents feature an en-suite bathroom with vanity, shower and toilet and important touches like hair dryers, irons and free wi-fi will also be available. The tents are ‘TV-free’ to encourage a true immersion with the tranquil surroundings.   Rates will start from $280 to $480 per night (minimum two-night stay) including accommodation and locally sourced breakfast hamper offering French butter croissants with jam and butter, all- natural strawberry yoghurt pots with granola, followed by house smoked salmon accompanied with bagel, cream cheese and capers with Sirromet blended coffee and fresh juices.   Guests may also choose to enjoy their meals at any of the three on-site venues at Sirromet including The Cellar Door Café for casual dining; Tuscan Terrace, an Italian inspired alfresco restaurant; and Restaurant Lurleen’s, an award-winning fine dining experience. All are located a short five-minute walk or mini-cart ride from the Sanctuary site.   The 18 tented sites are the first stage of the Sanctuary development with approval for 55 sites in total. On completion, Sirromet will have invested over $10 million into the new tourism infrastructure.   “We are concentrating on the first 18 sites for now to ensure the product offering is perfected for our guests before we start planning further sites,” says General Manager, Rod Hill.   Due to its close proximity to Brisbane and the Gold Coast at picturesque Mt Cotton, Sirromet Winery has become a favourite weekend getaway and a much-loved setting for weddings and special events. The new Sanctuary by Sirromet will now offer a unique accommodation option for intimate gatherings and couples escapes.   Further details can be found at www.Sirromet.com or by calling on 1800 747 766.   – ends –   About Sirromet Located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast at picturesque Mount Cotton, Sirromet is home to more than just award-winning premium wine at its cellar door. An eight-hectare multi-venue operation, Sirromet offers three dining outlets, a variety of wedding ceremony and reception locations and special event function spaces, tastings and tours, and a year-round calendar of entertainment. Proudly family-owned and a labour of love, Sirromet derives its name from its owner, Terry E. Morris – Sirromet is his surname and first and second initial spelt backwards. The celebrated fine dining restaurant, Lurleen’s, is also named after his wife. In 2018, Sirromet added ‘Sanctuary by Sirromet’ to the estate, which offers 18 tented ‘glamping’ sites adjacent to the winery.. For media information and images, please contact: Yvette Peverell Barking Owl Communications 0403 834 111 [email protected]   Jill Collins Barking Owl Communications 0417 654 474 [email protected]