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Orange

Orange is thriving, with the town’s eating and drinking venues bursting at the seams. Accommodation is often scant, so book early. The cellar doors are easily accessed, with short half-day itineraries recommended. Chardonnay continues to shine, with the region’s gracious pinots snapping at its heels. Spicy shiraz and ‘claret’-style cabernet blends are joined by new-wave reds like tempranillo, sangiovese and nebbiolo. If time is short, pop into Ferment (orangewinecentre.com.au), which acts as the pseudo cellar door for a number of local winemakers.
Peter Bourne

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Tamburlaine

Star Cellar Door

(02) 4998 4299
tamburlaine.com.au

Hunter-based Tamburlaine’s association with the Orange wine region dates back to 1995 with the acquisition of a vineyard at Borenore. It’s now 105ha of organically certified grapes farmed with a biodynamic philosophy (Mark Davidson embraced organics before it was fashionable). In 2020, he made a further commitment to Orange taking over the Cabonne winery and opening a smart cellar door in Millthorpe: a sensitively restored timber-clad building complete with imposing verandah. All Tamburlaine wines are on offer in Millthorpe, be they from Hunter or Orange. But wait, there’s more – from 5pm on Friday and Saturday, the cellar door morphs into Sam’s Bar. Add the three-bedroom apartment gracefully decorated by Davidson’s wife Lou, and it’s no wonder Tamburlaine’s presence is a welcome addition to the charming village of Millthorpe. PETER BOURNE

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 Tamburlaine Orange Reserve Malbec, A$45

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