Cumulus Estate is one of Australia's few dual appellation vineyards. We're part of two distinct GI (Geographical Indicator) appellations - Orange and the Central Ranges.
The dramatic elevated landscapes that surround us were born from the dormant volcano Mount Canobolas, source of the rich red soils that shape the character of our wines. Yet our vineyards are unusual in having both volcanic basalt and limestone soils, each with their own distinct style.
About 50% of our vineyards lie in each appelation, which provides subtle but distinctive variations on our signature high elevation style:
“... you won't find any big, full-throttle styles here, but you will find fine, spicy shirazes, juicy cabernet sauvignons, complex tight chardonnays and fragrant aromatics“
Tim White, Australian Financial Review
Orange is above 600 metres elevation. It’s the source of our premium Climbing wines, and from select parcels, our super-premium Cumulus wines. The low yielding vines in this area deliver intense yet elegant flavours and tight structure.
The Central Ranges lies below 600 metres, on pristine agricultural land. This is the source of our Rolling wines, creating a balanced, ready to enjoy character.