As Orange Blossoms

The Orange wine region is uniquely classified by both geographical and altitudinal boundaries. Orange is officially defined as beginning at 600 metres above sea level and going up to 1000 metres. Sitting on a plateau surrounding the ancient volcano Mount Canobolas, Orange has made its name making high-altitude, cool-climate wines.

We welcome Ben Svenson, next generation winemaker from De Salis Wines. De Salis grow their vines at a staggering 1050 metres and make pure, focused and energetic wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We will also have their magnificent homage to Bordeaux’s St Emilion wines, ‘ De Salis M’ open for tasting. Ben has certainly got our attention with his exceptional wines.

Ross Hill was founded in 1994 by the Robson family and have become one of the wineries most associated with Orange. Working within a carbon neutral regime, the Robson’s own two sites where they grow vines. The Griffin Road Vineyard sits at an elevation of 750 to 810 metres and grow spicy, rich and refined Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. In the volcanic soils of Mount Canobolas, at the Wallace Lane Vinyeard, they grow Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

In 1988, whilst working for Rosemount, legendary winemaker, Philip Shaw, found the perfect site for his next project. The Koomooloo Vineyard site became the start of Philip Shaw Wines and really put Orange on the map. Sitting at 900 metres above sea level, Philip (with the help of next generation Daniel and Damien) crafts some wonderful expressions of cool-climate wines.

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