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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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  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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...

  • Cumulus Wines

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

  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

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

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  • Flight 11 - 2006 Neyers Napa Valley Ca Hudson Vineyards Syrah 89pts2 - 2004 ... so in the cellar and lovely orange rind and incipient black olive background notes on the palate that really push the slightly earthy, astringent red berry fruit out with its contrast. Fresh and pure this is wonderful syrah 92ptsFlight 4 A couple of classic Calif... Read More

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  • I was delighted to be able to join so many Nebbiolo lovers at Convivio last ... ... perfumes of asphalt, orange blossom and mortadella. Bright acids on entry with a lightly chewy mid-palate that offers up great, just ripe fruit supported by fine, stiff tannins. Austere and slightly rustic yet with lovely purity to the bitter cherry fruit tha... Read More

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  • Domaine la Soumade Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange 2004

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    Wine review by spikearl


  • Domaine la Soumade Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange 2004

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    Wine review by ppaliya


  • Horton Vineyards Rkatsiteli Orange County 2007

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    When doing research on the wineries we were going to visit in Virginia we knew Horton Vineyard was already on our list. What I did not know is they produced Rkatsiteli. My taste buds must have been saturated by the time we got to Horton, or my excitement over finding the wine took over. While it was good it is definitely not the dry Rkatisi... Read More

    Wine review by mamtms


  • So we meet again at Snooth central to blind taste what is arguably the greatest ... typicity with rosehip and orange peel fruit but it's tough to evaluate now." Joe came around with time and found the nose " is really concentrated with classic Nebbiolo notes but your really need to stick your nose in it to get anything."  Josh and Mark were bot... Read More

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  • Horton Vineyards Norton Orange County 2003

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    Wine review by findzen


  • Palladino is not a name familiar to most American buyers of the wines of ... ... bag to wildflowers, coal, orange rind roast herbs, and medicinal and backing spice tones. Super nose! In the mouth this is big and plush without a lot of excess weight, it is broad and mouth filling with very good balance. This pumps out layers of tea, chamomile, ... Read More

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  • Well a scheduling snafu, and the fact that both NY football teams are in the ... another fruit cordial from orange to raspberry. Its also hot like a cordial. Scott felt it was more like raspberry wine and cranberry reduction, rich and full of life if a bit caramelized. Dave found this really interesting thing going on the nose with cherry and ... Read More

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  • This is essentially a modified Negroni (equal parts Campari, gin, and rosso ... vermouth1.5 oz gin1 slice orangeStir the liquid ingredients on ice in a shaker, strain either into a cocktail glass or over ice in an old fashioned glass, garnish with the orange slic Read More

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