PROPERTY buyers who purchase land at the new Shiralee subdivision will have a winery on their doorstep.
Housing was proposed on Philip Shaw’s lot, but the winemaker said he would proceed with plans to diversify his operations.
Construction is already underway on a new cellar door, which is due to open in August.
Preparation has also started for the planting of pinot noir, pinot meunier and nebbiolo grapes on the western end of the site, along with cherry, apple, fig, hazelnut and chestnut orchards, a vegetable garden, a Chinese garden and an oak forest where Mr Shaw will cultivate truffles.
Mr Shaw received a federal government grant to display different horticultural methods.
“It’s everything we can grow in this area,” he said.
The current Shiralee masterplan features two rows of compact lots on the roadside in front of the cellar door and a further row of compact lots and a row of standard lots on the western side.
Mr Shaw said the expanded winery and the subdivision could co-exist and he would work with the council, but the two could not be on the same site.
“I don’t like the project at all because this southern part of Mount Canobolas is the unique part of Orange and quite special,” he said.
“The idea of having houses in our winery wouldn’t work, it would be too close.”
But he said the greenery could be a benefit to the subdivision.
“I am sure it would be a huge attraction for the area,” he said.
The Shiralee village masterplan is currently on public exhibition - to view the plan, visit orange.nsw.gov.au.
Submissions close on Monday, June 9.