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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Cumulus Wines

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

  • Mayfield Vineyard

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

  • Dindima Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Philip Shaw

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

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


    This is a great table wine if you can find it. I have had most of the wines from this estate and they are all good. Read More

    Wine review by sapatero

  • Wines tasted for this report:2006 Budini Malbec 85pts2007 Finca Flichman Malbec ... ... with a touch of bitter orange jam. This smells both modern and expensive. Very smooth and rich in the mouth with a suave, cashmere fell that belies the wines extraction. The tough, woody tannins pop out, marring the finish but the core of fruit with rich wi... Read More

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  • Rosemount Estate Merlot Diamond 2006


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    Wine review by ttutony

  • Barboursville Vineyards Sangiovese Orange County Reserve 2005


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    Wine review by KJH25177

  • Horton Sparkling Viognier White Usa Virginia NV


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    Wine review by endersshadow

  • Wines TastedMarcarini Brunate - 91ptsCascina Ballarin Tre Ciabot - 88ptsElio ... notes of cherry, scorched orange rind, floral notes and sandalwood with top notes of mint and a touch of funk all over a bed of mineral rich clay. In the mouth this is very bright, with big acids. Its a touch austere with lovely wild cherry fruit and slightly rust... Read More

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  • Cascina Ballarin Traveling down the enlightened traditionalist road after only ... ... finale of acid driven orange tones, quite long and engaging 2+ Langhe Nebbiolo 2005 90psFrom La Morra, all in stainlessLovely nose of rose petal, wild strawberry, mineral water and a gent... Read More

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  • While I ran late for the start of this tasting I did sit with Alfio for dinner ... ... lovely intensity with an orange rind edge to the meaty, smoky notes and gains a bit of earthy pipe tobacco and oyster shell with time. A touch drying with austere tannins still in evidence this none-the-less fills the mouth with its evolved, dried fruit note... Read More

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  • When I last left off I was doing my best to stay awake in Reims to adjust to ... know you are at Veuve.The orange color is everywhere at Clicquot.  It is juxtaposed against the old traditional buildings.  It does have a bit of an "in your face" kind of feel but it worked for me.  The people at Clicquot are very friendly and are very knowledgea... Read More

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  • Logan Wines Gewürztraminer Weemala 2006


    nose: Pretty good- not to open, but I get roses and some spicesTaste: very smooth with a bit of warmness to it from the spices. A very drinkable wine that goes done very smooth. Like it with spicy foods as it holds up but doesnt over power anything Read More

    Wine review by ehrenfrd

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