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Everything To Know About The Orange Wine Region

The Orange Wine Region, known for its high altitude and cool climate grapes is fast becoming a popular boutique food and wine sanctuary offering exceptional produce and a fantastic tourist destination for the map. Rolling hills adorned with vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, nestled in the picturesque landscape of New South Wales, Australia, the Orange Wine Region offers a unique and unforgettable wine-tasting experience. Here, we delve into everything you need to know about this hidden gem for wine enthusiasts.

What makes Orange an ideal place to grow grapes?

The Orange Wine Region, situated approximately 250 kilometers west of Sydney, boasts a rich viticultural history dating back to the early 19th century. The region’s cool climate, elevated altitudes ranging from 600 to 1100 meters above sea level, and volcanic soil create an optimal environment for grape cultivation. These factors contribute to the distinct terroir of the region, characterised by elegant wines with vibrant acidity and pronounced fruit flavours. Orange is Australia’s highest wine region based around the extinct volcano Gahnna Bulla (Mt Canobolas) at 1400m (4,593 Ft). It is the highest point in a straight line from the great dividing range of Australia and Africa. Fewer than 1% of vineyards in Australia are located higher than 600m (1,969 Ft).

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Grape Varieties

The Orange Wine Region is celebrated for its diverse range of grape varieties, each expressing the unique terroir of the area. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc thrive in the cool climate, producing crisp, refreshing whites with citrus and stone fruit notes. Pinot Noir and Shiraz flourish in the region’s moderate temperatures, yielding red wines with complex aromas and refined tannins. Additionally, emerging varieties such as Riesling are gaining recognition for their exceptional quality and distinctive character. See Saw was awarded Best Pinot Noir In NSW in 2023 for the Balance Pinot Noir.

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Wineries and Cellar Doors

The Orange Wine Region is home to more than 80 vineyards and up to 30 cellar doors making it a wine destination worth travelling for. From boutique family-owned estates to renowned producers, each establishment offers a glimpse into the region’s winemaking heritage and commitment to excellence. Indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences from hatted restaurants to local estate farms, our See Saw cellar door offers both a Wine Only Tasting and a Seasonal Food & Wine Tasting with a menu highlighting the best local produce for the season curated by local chef Richard Learmonth. View our cellar door experiences here.

Cellar Door

Festivals and Events

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Orange Wine Region by attending one of its renowned events. The annual Orange Food Week has now turned into a running festival over two weeks showcasing the best of the regions local produce with the Orange Wine Festival running annually in October. Both calendar festivals feature popular sell-out events attracting large crowds to the region. To be updated with all ticket and event information we recommend on becoming a Friend of FOOD to have the best chance on securing tickets.

Events at See Saw Wine

Plan Your Visit

Don’t wait any longer to plan your trip to the Orange Wine Region, with many attractions from breathtaking scenery, world-class wines and warm hospitality it will be a trip you wont forget. Plan your experience with our local tourist network Orange360 where you can find a complete directory for the region on all things cellar doors, events, retail, restaurants and of course accomodation. 

Tastings See Saw Wine

Our See Saw cellar door is open 7 days a week, reservations and walk ins both welcome. Book your visit to the See Saw Cellar Door.