JUDGES will sniff and swish their way through the best in Orange wines over the next two days with the 2013 Orange Wine Show underway.
The annual show marks the start of Orange Wine Week festival .
During the show, judges will assess the best in chardonnay, riesling, merlot, shiraz and other varieties over the two days.
Orange Region Vignerons’ Association president David Crawley said there are 250 wines in the 12th annual show judging.
He said he expects white varieties to do particularly well at this year’s show.
“The weather has been good for the whites,” he said.
“White wines stand up pretty well.”
Mr Crawley said the Orange region is well placed to produce an award winning wine thanks to a high altitude and cool climate.
“It adds to the structure of the wine and they carry a high degree of sophistication in their presentation,” he said.
This year’s Orange Wine Week has 80 events with something for everyone according to Mr Crawley.
Events range from free informative wine talks through to fine dining affairs.
This Friday night the community is invited to sample the winning wines from the show at the Orange Showground.
The show’s 250 wines will be there for the tasting, with with show results on hand to try the top winning drops.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to try the wines that have picked up trophies or medals,” Mr Crawley said.
For those dedicated wine lovers a new masterclass will be on offer by winemaker Drew Tuckwell at the Friday night wine tasting.
From there the 10 day Orange Wine Week festival will continue across the region with local vignerons throwing open their doors to the public.
For the full Orange Wine Week program visit www.tasteorange.com.au