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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • The stripes are in fact caused by a virus. The first rose I ever saw that was ... or on purpose.Emark -that orange rose is actually a knock off of very old fashioned traditional roses. If you look at Rembrandt and the Dutch painters, those are the roses people knew and that appear in all the old still-lifes. They are often called "cabbage" ros... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Roses and Winery's


  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... this year) with quite ripe orange but also very good acidity.  After the salmon and oysters, we enjoyed some veal in cream sauce and I really liked Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2004, exhibiting lovely seashell freshness, which contained its habitual richness very nicely. From the... Read More

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  • Wearing the orange and black, watching my Giants kick arse, and sipping on 2009 Alfaro Family Vineyards Lindsay Paige Vineyards Pinot Noir (Corralitos, CA).  GAME OVER!  Whoo hoo!!! Read More

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  •   A winery in Brooklyn? Oh yes, and a great one at that. I never ... ... Rieslings, Chardonnay, an Orange Chardonnay, a fine Rosé  and a killer Pinot Noir. Believe me, all are world class.  The Riesling is crisp,refined,refreshing and will serve you well with asian and spicy fare or just for enjoying on it's own.(I had a to drink multiple glas... Read More

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  •  There are certain wine appellations that are cursed by thriving tourism, ... notes of ripe white peaches, orange rind and that classic ‘wet stone’ minerality. Lots of textural appeal as well (like the Tempier) and showing bright acidity and freshness. (Side note: not all rosés need to be 2011!)Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé 2011Very aromatic, an... Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Orange County 2008

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    My personal fav. 2007 is the best 2009 also great Read More

    Wine review by aywhall


  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2009

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    Nose and palate like a Chinon. Very French style. Nice and very tasty!94 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I recently put together a tasting of orange style wines (for a future article). In my small of part of the wine universe, orange wine has a respected place. However, I found it odd, that it was so difficult to make my tasting successful. First, finding the attendees for the tasting took some doing. I was amazed by how many experienced Italian wi... Read More

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  • Climbing Pink 2011

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    wonderful rose, crisp and mineral, a must buy for summertime Read More

    Wine review by tweil


  • I've just concluded a week's worth of visits here in Chile with a ... ... ... seem to be a fine bitter orange oil element to the aroamitcs, as well as a pepperiness of araoma and falvor. I enoyed experiencing the range of Carmenere here in CHile and look forward to learning more about the wines as they evolve and the winemakers work out their ... Read More

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