Voted Cellar Door of the Year. Established in 1985, It is one of the oldest vineyards in the Orange region sitting at 890m elevation and is a 6 minute drive from town. The many award winning cool climate wines, dessert styles, fortified Port, Muscat, Tokay and aged rieslings make for an eclectic selection. Come and experience the panoramic vista whilst soaking up the atmosphere that is Highland Heritage.
JAMES AND GAIL KENDELL ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING PREMIUM CIDER FROM TRUE HERITAGE CIDER APPLE VARIETIES.
Small Acres Cyder produces a range of ciders made with the fresh juice of cider apples and drawing on traditional methods of authentic cider production. The inspiration for Small Acres Cyder came from not being able to find a choice of premium ciders in Australia. Gail grew up in the UK and used to drinking traditional cider made from cider apples, and frustrated with not having a similar choice in Australia, set about making her own.
Small Acres Cyder have won more than 130 industry awards including Most Successful Small Producer 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Justin Byrne & Meg Simpson arrived in Orange in the ’80’s when the first vineyards were established in the region. They built a strawbale house and planted the Strawhouse Vineyard in 1997. The vineyard & tasting room is on beautiful Boree Lane on the northern slopes of Mt. Canobolas. Over the years fruit has gone to Canobolas-Smith, Carillion, Margan, Faisan & Orange Mountain. Now with a mature, unirrigated vineyard they are making small amounts of fine wine under the Strawhouse label.
Phillip and I both grew up in the country, on the land. Before purchasing Heifer Station in 2009 we both spent in excess of 25 years in the corporate world. With five adult children who had left the nest we decided we would like to retire to the land and grow fat cattle. Then Heifer Station came on the market, a property, as a real estate agent Phillip had admired for years. The vineyard barely visible through the blackberries, we purchased the property to pursue our dream, which did not include becoming vignerons. Planning to push the vines out, locals constantly congratulated us on the purchase of a magnificent vineyard, positioned on red loam soils over limestone, rising to an altitude of 900M, in a wine region where altitude is everything.
After much contemplation we both agreed to give the vineyard a chance to enjoy the potential it deserved. Five children – imagine the free labour!! Not a chance, all are academics who enjoy the fruits of our labour. Our hard work over the past seven years has seen the vineyard flourish and it wasn’t long before the recognition followed -culminating in double gold medals at Orange and Royal Easter for our Shiraz. With the vineyard ticking along nicely, it was time for our business to expand, and in 2016 we opened our stunning cellar door in the old woolshed. Since then we haven’t stopped! Life is great and the wine industry, with all of its challenges, has been an amazing journey. With a great little team around us, we are preparing for an even brighter future.
Atallah Wines is the brainchild of Matthew Atallah and aims to create wines that reflect the experience and passion of the winemaker, as well as the unique grape-growing climates that make up the Orange wine region.
Established in 2015, Atallah Wines produces small batch, handcrafted wines produced from sustainably farmed vineyards on the slopes of Mount Canobolas.
In 1977 I embarked on a cycling trip through some of the great European wine regions. Travelling alone, I peddled through France’s Loire Valley, Chablis and then on to Burgundy. I quickly fell in love with France. 1977 must have been a good year because I met my wife-to-be Jane and the rest of our journey has been as a couple. After visiting France together in 1980 our dream of one day owning a vineyard began to take shape, but where would it be?
When the opportunity arose to buy a little vineyard in the highlands of Orange we grabbed it. We called it Colmar Estate to bind this special place with the inspiration that led us to it. Colmar is a beautiful old town in Alsace, France.
Colmar Estate makes premium quality, single vineyard wines from grapes picked by hand on our gorgeous site in the Orange Region of New South Wales. At an altitude of 980 metres Colmar Estate is a cool place to grow grapes, in more ways than one. The result is beautiful wines with rare elegance and style.
The vineyard is one of the oldest in the region, established in 1983 on Cargo Road, west of Orange. We grow a wonderful variery of grapes including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Zinfandel, Lagrein, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The vineyard is planted on deep red basalt and clay based loam soils, and is largely unirrigated.
When James Sweetapple arrived at Cargo Road Wines in 1997 the vineyard was already 14 years old, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Orange Region.
James has spent the subsequent years adding to the vineyard. This has been achieved primarily through holistic management principals, nurturing and maintaining the property. This included weed control, pruning, canopy management, and a bit more weed control. It has also improved through increasing the varieties planted on site, and the number of vines has increased to over 22,000.
20 YEARS IN THE MAKING….
Nashdale Lane Wines was a dream that started in 1999 in Tuscany, Italy. Sitting in a vineyard in Radda in Chianti having helped with completing their vintage we decided that our own vineyard and winery had to be in our future. We spent many years touring the world experiencing & working in different wine regions always with our minds on our own piece of land to develop our own wines.
In 2016 that dream become a reality when we discovered a 60 acre established vineyard in Orange in much need of investment and an identity. Nashdale Lane Wines was born.
The “Brangayne” and “Ynys Witrin” vineyards lie on the north eastern slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Canobolas, near Orange in New South Wales, one of the highest and coldest grape districts in Australia. Often under snow in winter and mild in summer, the cold climate offers ideal conditions for the production of premium grapes, combining generous fruit flavour, acid and length in wines of intensity and elegance. The long ripening period and the deep, rich volcanic soil, position Brangayne among the few vineyards in Australia capable of producing distinctive cold climate wines of high calibre.
Brangayne came into the Hoskins Family in the 1930s, and for sixty years, Edgar and Winsome Hoskins and later Don and Pamela Hoskins grew apples, pears, peaches and cherries on the property. Then, in 1994, the fruit trees were replaced by wine grapes. The vineyard today is managed by David Hoskins. The property “Brangayne” was named by Winsome Hoskins, after the character who attends the tragic Isolde in Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, and who prepares a love potion for her.
When you have five sons under 10 years old, you move to a “country space” and make then plant a vineyard! Keep them busy and tired – the best advice we have every received.
25 years on, we have created a beautiful space for our family and guests to visit. We purchased the Old March school house 12 years ago (which just happened to be at the front of our property) and turned it into our cellar door. Quaint and eclectic, with a courtyard for sunny days and two cosy fires to tuck up next to on winter days. We welcome families to enjoy our playground and we often have live music playing. You can stay in our picturesque Canopy Loft or The Vines Studio overlooking the chardonnay, or book a home through our son Tim, who runs bnbmadeeasy.com.au, finding suitable short-term rental homes in and around Orange.
Above all, we make awesome wine! Winning the “best NSW shiraz” in the Great Australian Shiraz challenge (2018), and a trophy the year before for best Sauvignon Blanc at the Orange Wine Show. Sparkling Pinot/Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Shiraz can be tasted every weekend at the cellar door.
We welcome you to experience our little piece of paradise.