In the early 1980's some astute and dedicated wine pioneers recognised the cool climate and ideal soils of the Orange region. Orange, along with the Central Ranges have become the largest cool climate region in Australia. The area, alongside Mudgee and Cowra, produces twice the amount of wine as the Hunter Valley.
The founders of what is now Cumulus were ambitious, planting a massive 500 hectares of vineyard and built a 10,000 tonne winery with storage capacity for 8 million litres of wine. In 2004, the company was renamed “Cumulus Estate Wines’, inspired by the local cloud formations of the area. In 2007, the Portuguese based, Berardo family joined us, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Today, Cumulus Estate Wines is the largest producer of an emerging wine region, with 508 hectares under vine, classified as 48% Orange and 52% Central Ranges. The vineyard has at least ten different varietals – Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. With mild summers and cold winters, good winter and spring rains aid vine development. As a member of entwine, we also practice excellent sustainable farming practices.
With a branded portfolio of wines distributed across 20 countries, Cumulus Estate is a fully integrated, premium quality producer and marketer. Over 40% of Cumulus wine is sold to International markets including New Zealand, USA, Canada and European Region. More lately Cumulus has begun rolling out its wines into the Asian markets including China, Hong Kong and Singapore.