Orange wine region

The Orange Wine Region is centred on the city of Orange in the Central Ranges Zone of New South Wales. It is the newest and coolest of the three regions in the zone, the others being the Mudgee Wine Region to the north and the Cowra Wine Region to the south.

Wine grape varieties in the Orange region of NSW

This wine region is cool by definition, all of the vineyards in it are at altitudes above 600m, some approaching 900m. Orange is on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range and as such it has a continental climate with hot summer days tempered by cool nights.

The extinct volcano Mount Canobolas, 1400m, dominates the landscape.

Spring frost are a significant hazard. Local topography and cold air drainage patterns are important factors for vineyard site selection. For this region the slopes of Mt Canobolas are favoured for viticulture.

There are a range of soil types, all with their own characteristics and suitability for viticulture. The region's wine industry is relatively new but has gathered momentum over the past few years. Previously the region was known for cherries, apples and pears as well as for broadacre farming. Many wine companies based elsewhere, for example in the Hunter Valley, source fruit or have vineyards in this region.

The main alternative varieties in the Orange region are Pinot gris and Viognier. Other varieties that could play a role in the region include Tempranillo and the Italian red wine varieties such as Sangiovese and Barbera.

The cool climate and abundance of suitable land for viticulture suggest that the Orange Wine Region has a successful and exciting future.

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Angullong Winery in the Orange Region

Alternative varieties in the Orange wine Region

  • Angullong Wines Barbera, Marsanne, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Savagnin, Tempranillo, Vermentino
  • Borrodell on the Mount Gewurztraminer
  • Cargo Road Wines Barbera, Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Moscato, Zinfandel
  • Carillion Wines Aglianico, Fiano, Verduzzo, Vermentino
  • Colmar Estate Gewurztraminer
  • Swingingbridge Tempranillo
  • Nashdale Lane WInes Arneis, Tempranillo
  • Orange Mountain Sangiovese
  • Pepper Tree Wines Aglianico, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Tannat, Verduzzo, Zinfandel
  • Ross Hill Wines Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo
  • Rowlee Wines Arneis, Nebbiolo
  • Sassy Wines Arneis, Petit Verdot
  • See Saw Wines Marsanne, Prosecco
  • Stockman's Ridge Savagnin, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • Word of Mouth Wines Albarino, Gruner Veltliner, Mencia, Petit Manseng
Updated 16 March 2020
Autumn colours at Cargo Road

Visiting the Orange Wine region

Orange is a substantial city with a diverse range of industries and acts as regional tourism, service and educational centre.

The region is just over 200km west of Sydney, and thus easily visited as a day trip. However there are plenty of wineries and other tourist attractions and accommodation options to justify a longer stay. 

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