Wine Australia Masterclass Area :
Discover the unique terroir created by the change in elevation on Cool Climate Shiraz. Explore the unique characters of these two varieties as the elevation of the region moves from 600 to 1100 metres above sea level.
The Orange wine region is a cool climate wine region, 600 metres above sea level in Central NSW, 3.5 hours west of Sydney. The Orange region is ideal for grape growing and winemaking because of the combination of geology, soils, climate and temperature. Together these factors combine to produce grapes and elegant wine of distinct flavour and colour. The climate perhaps plays the biggest part in giving Orange some distinct natural advantages – the cool temperatures during the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grape growing. Mount Canobolas, an important geological feature also plays its part, not only giving the district its rich basalt soils but also, because of its altitude, giving greater reliability to the rainfall.