A PILGRIMAGE OF ELEVATION FOR THE 2017 ORANGE WINE FESTIVAL
It’s the elevation of the Orange wine region in New South Wales, Australia that makes it a stand-out from other wine regions, and even other cool-climate wine regions, across Australia. In fact, it may be the world’s only wine region defined by its elevation.
The winemakers and viticulturists of the Orange region, in Central Western NSW, regard altitude — and therefore many of the climatic conditions that they grow their grapes in — with an almost religious zeal. It’s hardly surprising when you think about. It is after all, the only Australian wine region — and, indeed, quite possibly the only wine region in the world — defined expressly by altitude. John Rozentals, The Examiner, September 2017
AN ELEVATED PILGRIMAGE TO DISCOVER THE ORANGE WINE REGION
Justin Jarrett, See Saw Wines vigneron and President of the Orange Region Vignerons Association, will be hosting a ‘Pilgrimage of Elevation’ through the three See Saw Wines vineyards to introduce wine aficionados and wine lovers to the concept of grape growing at varying elevations, and the effect this has on the flavour of the wines – even when part of the same vineyard, and grown and made by the same vigneron.
The ‘Pilgrimage of Elevation’ event on Sunday 15 October forms part of the 2017 Orange Wine Festival, and starts in the region’s first Prosecco block. Justin will explain the history of See Saw Wines and his vision for planting the prosecco varietal of grapes at the elevation of 700 metres above sea level in Block 15 of the See Saw Wines’ Annangrove vineyard.
From the Annangrove vineyard, after we’ve feasted on antipasti washed down with prosecco, we will then move onto the organic See Saw Wines’ Springvale vineyard across the road and at a slightly higher elevation of 800 metres above sea level, to sample the organic white and red varieties that flourish here (including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir), before moving onto the beautiful Balmoral vineyard block at the highest elevation of 900 metres above sea level which boasts amazing views and full flavoured Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
“We are possibly the only winery in the Orange region that has the ability to tell this complete story of elevation, as we are growing fruit across all three of vineyards at the different elevations,” explains vigneron Justin Jarrett. “Every site produces different flavours and every elevation enhances the See Saw Wines story, and it’s this journey that we would love to share with our guests during the Pilgrimage of Elevation.”
The Pilgrimage of Elevation takes place on Sunday 15 October 2017 as part of the Orange Wine Festival. Food along the way by our Pochi ma Buoni pop-up, starting with antipasti and prosecco and finishing with a heart-warming three-course Italian meal and a glass of Pinot Noir at the beautiful See Saw Wines’ Balmoral vineyard.