With its giant barnyard-style doors and exposed beams strung with fairy lights, there's a sense of the ethereal when you walk into Nashdale's Printhie Wines. Helmed by the Swift brothers, who've gleaned the art of wine-making in the Champagne houses of southern France, this relatively new winery has been making a splash in the sparkling scene. Try bubbly specialities like a cool, crip cuveé, to a rosé blend, and finally, the ultimate sparkling wine, the blanc de blancs made exclusively from chardonnay grapes. In the cooler months, warm up around with a stroll around the lakefront beside the cellar door, or sit by the fire pit and gaze out over the surrounding hills.
The country town of Orange is filled with picture-perfect vineyards. Its wine scene is fledgling compared to stalwarts like the Hunter Valley and Mudgee, but these young guns can pack a punch. The area's cool climate and varying altitudes have attracted the attention of classically trained viticulture fiends, who are putting their knowledge gleaned in regions like northern Italy and Champagne to the test in the climes of country NSW.
Unlike some other regions, Orange doesn't pride itself on just one type of grape variety, but is remarkable for being able to produce a full-bodied shiraz as well as a light, crisp sparkling within the same square radius of nearby volcano, Mt Canobolas. We've rounded up the stars of Orange's flourishing wine scene for you – here are the ones to add to your hit list.
Recommended: The ultimate guide to Orange.