The emerging wine region of Orange is just 3.5 hours from Sydney, and is the highest, sunniest and largest cool climate wine region in Australia. It is both rich in history and uniquely vibrant in natural beauty with a thriving food scene that boasts some of Australia’s best produce.
The big annual highlight is the Orange Wine Festival, held every October. A two-week spring festival showcasing cool climate wine tasting, art shows, live music and produce markets make this an essential part of any wine lover’s calendar.
Orange FOOD Week, each April, gives you the chance to visit the source of Orange’s amazing food and wines, and get behind the scenes at farms, orchards, wineries and kitchens.
Estate grown wines demand the fruit is treated with a maximum of respect and protection, and that’s what we do at our ultra-modern winery at Cudal, just outside of Orange. A benchmark example of winery design and engineering, its integrated features include minimal handling, precise temperature control and gentle extraction, giving our winemakers maximum quality control at every stage of the process.
It has a 10,000 tonne vintage capacity, state-of-the-art fermentation and maturation capabilities and 8 million litres of wine storage capacity, mostly in a striking underground barrel hall carved into the area’s volcanic stone.
High elevation, cool climate wines are medium-bodied. The fruit flavours are more forward, which makes our wines crisp, bright and vibrant. Compared to warm regions, we get half the volume of grapes from each vine, but twice the intensity of flavour. They have a higher acid than most wines, which is the key to making wine and food work in perfect harmony.
The lower temperatures mean that the grapes take longer to ripen, giving us time to get the evenness right across the bunches. This prevents any overripe characters. Secondly, our elevation means greater intensity of sunlight. Not heat, but higher UV readings which matter more. This creates fruit with our characteristic brightness of flavour.
Cumulus Wines are sourced from the very best Australian wine regions across New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
From our home in Orange to the vineyards of Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley to name a few.