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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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Varietals Produced in Orange View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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 ...

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Orange on Snooth

  • Rosemount Estate Merlot Diamond 2003

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    Wine review by Melchizedek122


  • Climbing Wines Shiraz Orange 2005

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    Wine review by GregBurnison


  • Rosemount Estate Merlot Diamond 2003

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    Wine review by btaha


  • I love Mimosas and assume that the quality of the sparkling wine is masked by the orange juice BUT... I'm reserving judgement... Does anyone know of a really great sparkler to use when mixing up a Mimosa? Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Mimosa


  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2004

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    Wine review by boilerplate


  •  We get a lot of wine pairing advice requests at the wine shop/wine bar ... ... with lunch or mixed with orange juice, but breakfast eggs seem to call for something a bit more spectacular. As breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, the one that sets the tone for the following hours, it makes sense to go big. Go French. Go elite. Wear ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Breakfast Wines: Drinking...


  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2004

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    Wine review by smooth97


  • [Snooth is pleased to welcome its newest contributor, Dan Petroski, Assistant ... Mark, Carpano Vermouth and Orange Bitters; just in case you were wondering). Six. Don't commit wine infanticide.Focusing on my last resolution (last, but of utmost importance), I pose these questions: Why do we do it? Why do we consistently disregard ratings an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Resolutions


  • It's that time of year again: so many parties and so little time to prepare. ... ... halved lengthwise1 small orange, thinly sliced1 small lemon, thinly slicedDirectionsWrap cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, peppercorns, and cloves in cheesecloth and tie with string. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 5-quart heavy pot, stirring until sugar is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How to Mull Wine


  • Cumulus Merlot Orange Climbing 2004

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    Cute label, the taste isn't bad...it did give me a headache the next morning though and that was no good. Read More

    Wine review by DrJoes


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