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Initially known as the Central Highlands, the Orange region, centred on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, has long been an important orchard area producing apples, pears and cherries. An experimental viticultural station was established at nearby Molong in the 1940’s, but vines were first planted commercially in 1980. Due to restricted opportunities for irrigation, major vineyard development has slowed since 2000 and much effort is now being put into raising the profile of the region on the national and international stage. The region is home to many small premium operators. The climate is strongly influenced by and largely dependent on elevation. Overall, mild to warm midsummer mean temperatures, seldom rising above 32°C (90°F), are offset by cool to very cool nights during the growing season. The rainfall predominates in winter and spring while the three driest months are February, March and April, making supplementary irrigation highly desirable. Wind is both friend and foe. On the one hand it Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

    Dindima (din-dee-ma) in the language of the Wiradjuri people means "group of stars". Our Dindima ...

  • Cumulus Wines

    Share our passion for wines made from grapes grown in the high altitude region of Orange and the ...

  • Philip Shaw

    The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent ...

  • Mayfield Vineyard

    Our single-vineyard wines are hand crafted to produce wines of great complexity without a winer...

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2006


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    Wine review by MizzBee

  • While this is a follow up post to my 2005 Barolo tasting notes, which can be ... with a real nuance of blood orange, precise, classic feel, medium bodied, transparent on the palate as well with subtle strawberry and blood orange fruit, a bit simple but very attractively styled and easy to drink even today, fresh and clean on the bracing finish... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Alba Wine Exhibition 2006...

  • Philip Shaw Shiraz No 2005


    This is not a typical Australian Shiraz. This driks more like a good Rhone or a Chateuaneuf. Medium-full bodied with aromas of berries and pie spice. It the mouth it shows mutiple layers of flavors with fine tannins. It is perfectly balanced and has a very pleasant and long finish. Flavors of berries and apricot are intermingled with with n... Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79

  • Well the 2005 Barolos are tasted, and I cant help but think back to what I said ... seeds, fine floral notes, orange rind, very chamomile herbal and fresh, lean and crisp, juicy fruit has a lovely herbal character, fine tannins, very well balanced in the mouth, classically proportioned with good length to the sour cherry and slightly gamy fruit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Alba Wine Exhibition 2005...

  • Climbing Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Orange 2006


    Let it breath for a couple hours and it will open up and provide a smooth, very fruitty and most enjoyable young wine. Read More

    Wine review by whaleman

  •  Say Wha? You say? No it's true, well as true as something like this can ... ... nice hints of tea, candied orange peel and licorice. 91pts~Lodi Petite Sirah7) Harney Lane Petite Sirah 2006 $24 15.8%A bit jammy with powdered sugar tones and a bit of evident heat on the nose. It smells earthy, dense and not particularly open with a strong grill... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Petite Sirah California's...

  • Horton Vineyards Norton Orange County NV


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    Wine review by bro brummell

  • Do any of you have any recommendations where/how I can buy reduced-alcohol ... ... ... Brandy? I live in Orange County, C Read More

    Forum post in the topic Low Alcohol Chardonnay and...

  • Domaine de la Janasse Merlot Blend Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange Terre de Bussière 2006


    Garnet color in the glass going to violet on the edge. Ripe black cherry, blackberry and plum aromas on the nose. A juicy rush of ripe dark fruit quickly gives way to ample tannins that linger on the palate. This drinks well on it's own, but really begs for a meal. This wine will greatly benefit from decanting it at least 30 minutes to an h... Read More

    Wine review by Toddler

  • Horton Vineyards Rkatsiteli Orange County 2007


    Sweet as another reviewer mentioned, but I tend to like sweeter wines. Definitely not as sweet as a port. I would put it in the same category as a typical German riesling. Read More

    Wine review by shortydips24

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