THE 2016 Orange Wine Festival began with a bang on Friday as hundreds of wines were uncorked for the public tasting.
The Orange Showground pavilion was filled with oenophiles – wine lovers in layman’s terms – for the Orange Wine Show Tasting, which was sponsored by the Central Western Daily.
The people’s choice award was won by Ross Hills Wines with The Griffin 2012.
The Griffin is a Bordeux blend, which includes 50 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 per cent Merlot and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc.
James Robson from Ross Hill said it was the winery’s flagship drop.
“It’s well suited to the region,” Mr Robson said.
Dianne Powell took home a case of wine courtesy of winning the raffle.
Festival spokeswoman Charlotte Gundry said the public tasting was a great showcase.
“It launches the festival in a great way. It ticks a lot of boxes for the people who love wine and those who want to learn,” she said.