The Orange region has a multitude of fantastic local producers.
Other producers from other regions however have looked to Orange to source grapes for their own wines.
This can often occur out of a financial necessity when a region has a pour vintage, poor rainfall, too much rainfall, disease pressure and the such.
Orange grape growers though are being asked more and more to on sell their grapes to other regions strictly because of the quality they offer.
The Gilbert Family in Mudgee have a wonderful and storied history through the Central Ranges.
They have produced incredibly complex wines sourcing fruit from both Mudgee and Orange, which is remarkably skilful considering the diversity of grapes throughout the two neighbouring regions.
Now sixth generation winemaker Will Gilbert is having his influence into production we are seeing some truly unique wines produced under the family label.
Will has turned some attention towards the flicked, yet trendy Sydney consumer market, producing Pet Nat Sparkling and 'Amber' wines.
With out getting too deep into these it has been his Rielsing based Pet Nat sparkling that has even seen him take away a trophy at Sydney Wine Show earlier this year.
On the back of opening their new multi million dollar cellar door, Brokenwood look to firm their position in the market by sourcing the best grapes from the best regions.
Their range of wines is already one of the formidable in the country, ranging outside of the Hunter to McLaren Vale and Beechworth.
This of course encompasses Orange, with the producer sourcing Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Svenson owned Forest Edge Vineyard.
The vineyard which sits at an amazing high elevation produces truly unique fruit of the highest quality that fits perfectly into the Brokenwood range.
Tamburlaine are on a roll at the moment. Their approach to organic and affordable wines has not seen quality take a back foot.
Excitedly now they turn to Orange to source Cabernt Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
Their reserve Malbec has always been one that resonated with myself.
The low yielding grape may not obtain the financial returns of some other grape varietals and may not be as well known on the market, but the fruit flavour intensity it offers when done correctly is extraordinary.
Ken Helm amazingly established Helm wines in Murrumbateman way back in 1973.
Since then he has produced outstanding Cabernet and Riesling, that has won national recognition.
Riesling has always been a passion of the Helms and Orange fruit provides the necessary acidity and powerful flavours to achieve the highest level of perfection possible/David Collins on the Helm Riesling
On numerous occasions he has looked to the Orange region to source Riesling grapes from a number of grape growers.
Riesling has always been a passion of the Helms and Orange fruit provides the necessary acidity and powerful flavours to achieve the highest level of Riesling perfection possible.
Penfolds 'Bin 311'
The luxury wine producer has been heralded with some of Australia's most collected, rarest and expensive wines including Grange.
Often forgotten by many consumers however is the fact Penfolds has had a long history with the NSW wine industry.
In recent years this has included the use of grapes from Orange in the high profiled Bin 311 Chardonnay.
A flagship wine for Penfolds, it resonates the ability the Orange wine region poses when perhaps the country's most iconic wine producer seeks out grapes from it.
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