How do you like them apples?
One of Australia’s newer wine regions, Orange is at the heart of one of the most beautiful areas in New South Wales. Ironically, this altitude influenced, cool climate region has long been famous for apples! Even though table grapes were planted in the region in 1877, it wasn’t until the early 1980s that the winegrapes arrived.
“Orange is a region that is defined by it’s elevation… It’s a really important part of sourcing is understanding that variation in sites and soils as a way of crafting a wine that has complexity and interest.” David Swift from Printhie Wines
Located on the western side of the Great Dividing Range many of the top vineyards in the region are situated between 600 and 1,100 meters above sea level. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the key varieties that excels with delicious citrus and tropical flavours. The style of Chardonnay tends more towards medium-bodied with fresh and vibrant stone fruit flavors. For red wines Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the varieties that have proven to do best in the warmer, lower altitude pockets within the region. Newer arrivals like Arneis, Gewurztraminer and Sangiovese are quickly finding a home, producing delicious wines that work wonderfully well at the table.
As well as producing a delicious range of wines, Orange and the surrounding areas are enjoying a growing reputation for delicious produce thanks to the cool climate and rich volcanic soils, including stone fruits and sheep’s cheeses to mushrooms!
You can Taste Orange at the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel throughout #AussieWineMonth