Just 1% of Australian vineyards grow their grapes in areas above 600 metres. This and a number of geological and topographical factors are what constitute the uniqueness in winemaking in the region of Orange, New South Wales. Newer in comparison to the old wine household names of the industry, the mineral rich hills of limestone, shales, greywhack overlain and basalt rich soils create a distinct taste and body.
Grapes have more difficulty ripening in cooler climates like Orange, which result in higher levels of acidity and lower levels of sugar. Orange’s elevation combines to create a medium to light-bodied aromatic drop which is the perfect storm for connoisseurs who lean more towards light, crisp, and dry wines.
“This time of year in the winemaking cycle is always an exciting time with many of our new vintage wine releases appearing in market and on wine lists. It is a celebration of bud burst, which symbolises the beginning of the growing process,” said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall. “It is terrific to partner with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to showcase more than half of our region’s cool climate wine brands.”
The wine making region of Orange forms a belt of 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors around the township in which 60% of the wine produced is red.