"WHERE ALTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE"

Welcome to Orange Region Wines

Welcome to the Orange Region, a cool climate wine-growing area in central New South Wales. About 3½ hours drive west of Sydney, Orange is a regional city full of character, a great base for exploring the wine & food of the district. Because of the altitude, the reliable rainfall and the terroir, it is a great place to grow grapes and make wine – it also makes it a great place to visit. The cool climate makes for spectacular autumns, vibrant springs and mild summers. And if you are coming in winter – bring a jacket as it does get cold.


On this site you will find information on the cellar doors, wines and wineries of the region and links to other event and information sources.

Want to know what’s on? TASTE ORANGE is the centre for tourism information on events, accommodation, eating out and bookings. Check their website. Click here.
Need accommodation? STAY ORANGE is the association of hotels, motels, B & B, and self catering accommodation in the area. Consult their website for places to stay Click here.
2014 Orange Wine Show results - see Events page

Interested in joining the Orange Region Vignerons' Association? Contact the Treasurer, P O Box 1363, Orange, NSW 2800.


Vintage 2015

Even as the first bunches came off the vines, the 2015 harvest looked superb. The wine grape growers were all excited by the prospect of high quality wines being produced from the region in 2015.
A cold winter with a number of snow falls in 2014 quickly transformed into a warm and dry spring and had the regions vines in a canter before Christmas. Since then the season has slowed down, with a mild summer of warm days and cool nights. January saw some much needed but above average rainfall which enabled good canopy growth. There were some isolated thunder and hailstorms where a few vignerons experienced some quite severe damage in their vineyards but the majority of growers escaped unscathed.

Vintage then took a reasonably normal route from then on with many of the regions vineyards having picked their sparkling bases and most of their aromatic varieties by the end of February. For those vineyards at higher elevations, the season has been perfect, with sparkling base picked in mid February. For some of the vineyards on the lower slopes were well and truly into their season with Shiraz already being harvested. March remained dry and warm, which meant that many of the regions growers had all but finished picking by the early April.
Look out for some great quality wines in the bottle from the 2015 Vintage with many agreeing that this has been one of the best vintages ever in the region.

We look forward to welcoming you and we hope you enjoy your visit.

Cheers
Orange Region Vignerons' Association