Tucked among rolling, vine-covered hills and winding country lanes, lies the emerging wine region of Orange NSW. Widely recognised for its vibrant food and wine culture, it is home to acclaimed small producers, restaurants and cafes, handcrafted beer and ciders and perhaps above all, high quality wines.
Orange’s unique high elevation and exceptional terroir make it a sought after destination for those looking to spend a relaxed weekend sampling fine handcrafted wines.
Extinct volcano Mount Canoblas provides a dramatic backdrop to the region as well as providing the area with fertile, mineral-rich soil. Nashdale is made for meandering down quiet lanes, while the grapevine-covered Towac Valley is home to some of the most scenic country on offer.
As well as being Australia’s most high altitude wine region, Orange weather also provides a distinct natural advantage when it comes to ideal grape growing conditions, with dry autumns and cool temperatures.
Famed for its world-class Chardonnay, the Orange wine region also produces excellent Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Shiraz and emerging varietals such as Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Tempranillo and Sangiovese.
Though relatively young as a wine region, the Orange winemaking scene has exploded since its beginnings in the early 1980s. Now home to more than 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors, it has truly cemented its status as one of Australia’s most prominent and sophisticated food and wine destinations.