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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 (, which acts as the pseudo cellar door for a number of local winemakers.
Peter Bourne

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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

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