Cool climate wines

The Highland Heritage Estate vineyard is located on 125 Hectares on the Central Tablelands, 3kms east of the city of Orange in New South Wales Australia. At this site there is currently planted 14 hectares of grapes consisting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling and Shiraz. Grapes are also purchased from the district and surrounds thus giving flexibility for many styles and price ranged wines. These grapes produce wines that are heavily influenced by the regions cool climate. A long growing season at an altitude of 900metreson deep alluvial and volcanic soils produce distinctive lighter style reds and white wines.

The cellar door is open 7 days a week from 9.30am till 5pm for tastings. Buses and large groups are always welcome.

Features of the Orange Region:

Geology - rich basalt soils

Soil - Differing soils not only influence the way vines grow but thinner gravellier soils warm up earlier in the growing season.

Temperature - The cool temperatures during most of the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grape growing. The fruit ripens slowly intensifying colour and flavour and harvesting during autumn when its cooler is also better for fruit than in the heat of warm climates.

Climate - Orange is broadly cool climate, the very highest vineyards scrape into cold climate and there is enormous variation across different sites down to the lower elevations. Another factor influencing fruit quality in Orange is better bud fruitfulness, even more crops and relatively low disease pressure due to the cold winters.

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4968 Mitchell Hwy Orange
NSW 2800
Phone: 02 6361 3612

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