Under the staunch supervision of the extinct volcano Mount Canoblas, the Orange wine region is a picturesque landscape of undulating green hills. Situated between Mudgee and Cowra, it’s around a three and a half hour drive to Orange from Sydney.
Scattered between apple, cherry and grape farms, the various vineyard sites produce wines that are garnering significant attention across the country for their flavour intensity and distinctively cool-climate edge.
Though the history of Orange has long been intertwined with fruit farming, it is a relative newcomer as a commercialised wine region, starting in the 1980’s. The region produces premium Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, however it is the world-class Sauvignon Blanc style that is attracting particular acclaim of late.
Mount Canobolas is an important geological feature of the Orange wine region, not only for providing the significant elevation, but for the basalt soils it contributes to. Orange is a cool-climate region, owing to the fact that the altitude of the wine region begins at 600m and the vineyards even stretch as high as 1,100m.
Careful viticultural management is crucial throughout the Winter months as frost and snow are not uncommon. Site selection is therefore an important factor, as the region encompasses a variety of altitudes and soil types.
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The success of the Orange wine region is an exciting prospect for the NSW wine industry, however the high altitude and cool-climate conditions mean that careful vine management is a key element in the winemaking process.