The Orange region of New South Wales is one of Australia's newest premium regions being favoured for its high altitude cool climate. Situated approximately 270 km west of Sydney the topography and soils of the Orange region are dominated by the extinct volcano, Mt Canobolas. The present day peak of the mountain is at 1400m and vineyards in the region are planted at elevations as high as 1100m with the lowest elevations in the region being 600m.

The great diversity of elevation, climate and topography offer vineyard sites suitable for a wide range of grape varieties from Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in the coldest sites to Shiraz and Cabernet in the warmer.  Soils in the central part of the region are derived from the basaltic lavas of the old volcano, and primarily consist of deep red to brown free draining clay loams.

The slopes of Mt Canobolas provide the additional viticultural advantage of cold air drainage preventing frosts in the growing season.  Wines from the Orange region have a distinctly elegant structure across the grape varieties which can be attributed to the cool climate growing conditions. 

Pepper Tree's Orange vineyard is located in the Boree Lane area 12 kms west of Orange on the midslopes of Mt Canobolas. The vineyard site sits in a small subvalley protected on 3 sides with a sunny northerly aspect. Elevations vary from 740m to 800m and the site is capable of ripening all the main red varieties as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Wines typically have a lighter more elegant structure than those of warmer areas with light lifted fruit acids lengthening the palate.  Chardonnay is the main white variety on the vineyard and as in other parts of the Orange region produces wine of very high quality.


AREA PLANTED 30 Ha (75 acres) ELEVATION 740 - 800 metres
CLIMATE Cool - Cold DEGREE DAYS 1250 - 1400
  High altitude SUNSHINE HOURS 1850
SOILS Red/brown volcanic clay loams and light-medium clays    


  Cabernet Sauvignon 9.6 Ha Chardonnay 6 Ha
  Merlot 2 Ha Sauvignon Blanc 4.6 Ha
  Shiraz 4 Ha    
OTHER VARIETIES Pinot Noir 3.1 Ha Verduzzo 0.6 Ha
  Aglianco 0.5 Ha Riesling 0.6 Ha


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