If you live in Orange and are partial to a glass of what the region's renowned for, the chances are you've tasted Nadja Wallington's wines.
The young vigneron has been making wine for Philip Shaw since 2014, although she was immersed in the wine world long before that.
The now Orange resident grew up in Canowindra, where her parents owned and operated Wallington Wines.
As a young region we have a strength in numbers. If we shout really loudly as a combined voice that's going to be heard a lot more clearly than if you've got different voices shout out in different directionsNadja Wallington
Her mother Margaret Wallington took charge alongside father Dr Anthony Wallington, before he passed away when their daughters were teenagers.
Ms Wallington said her parent's experience in Canowindra, where she spent weekends while attending school in Sydney, then returned to when studying at Kinross Wolaroi, made winemaking seem fun.
"It was a real passion for them and the thought that I could do it as a career was really tantalising," she said.
Her fiance Steven Mobbs now runs Wallingtons, where he "grows the grapes, makes the wine and sells the wine."
The pair met at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, but it wasn't until he moved to Orange for a job at Cumulus and she accepted a position at Philip Shaw that they became a couple.
She said her love of the job comes from being able to combine art, agriculture and science.
"Plus I go a bit batty if I have to spend a whole day behind a desk," she said.
Ms Wallington's experience overseas has included the vineyards of Bordeaux in France, the Stellenbosch region or South Africa and the Russian River in California.
Unbeknown to her at the time, the cool-climate wine region in the US, north of the Napa Valley, set her up for success in Orange.
Ms Wallington said she's found a "beautiful little community" to be a part of in the Central West, with Orange's vigneron's working towards a common goal.
"As a young region we have a strength in numbers. If we shout really loudly as a combined voice that's going to be heard a lot more clearly than if you've got different voices shout out in different directions."
Among her achievements, Ms Wallington was awarded the Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship, which enabled her to attend the prestigious Australian Wine Research Institute in South Australia.
She was also selected for a 12 month 'future leaders' development program through Wine Australia, alongside alumni from the region, Tom Ward, Martin Gransden and Ed Swift.
Ms Wallingston said she's not experienced overt sexism working in a male-dominated industry, but that's not to say there's not still work to do towards equality.
"The ground was broken before me. We have had some incredible women in the wine industry who have paved the way for the rest of us," she said.
"There's a strong awareness that we need to keep pushing for diversity. It's very empowering to know I'm part of an industry which is quite progressive."
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