THE ORANGE REGION OF AUSTRALIA: THE NEW JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE NATION’S WINE INDUSTRY

Central Western New South Wales has not until been on the global wine lover’s bucket list, but that’s quickly changing. Nearby Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland city, dating from the gold-rush days of the mid-to-late 19th Century, and Orange has been known simply a tranquil rural centre. Today, the area’s wine industry is starting to make a significant mark on the Australian wine industry. It has only been within the past 10 years that it has started to make a name for itself growing some of the country’s, if not the world’s best, cool climate wines.

TOURS CAN BE TAILORED TO SUIT SPECIFIC NEEDS, ESPECIALLY ANY WINE “AFICIONADOS” HOPING TO TEST THEIR PALATE AGAINST THAT OF THE LOCAL WINE MAKER

The Orange terroir is unique in that its grapes are grown in a region of 600m + above sea

level. It is in fact the only terroir in Australia to be de ned by its altitude. The climate produced from this altitude gives Orange wines their distinct flavours and colour; grapes can be left on their vines longer and can mature more slowly than in warmer climates allowing for a better balance of avours. Orange Wine Tours is one of the key tour operators in the region, offering a new and exciting way to experience this fabulous cool climate wine region. They have partnered with some of the best viticulturists in Orange to bring visitors exclusive tours ranging in scale from first- time wine drinkers to a more experienced palette wishing to gain knowledge of the region’s specific flavours. Tours can also be tailored to suit specific needs, especially any wine “aficionados” hoping to test their palate against that of the local wine maker.