Vines in the Orange region were first planted commercially in 1980. Since 2000 opportunities for major vineyard development have slowed due to irrigation restrictions.
The climate is strongly influenced by, and largely dependent on, the region's elevation. The soils vary widely and are of fundamental importance in determining site selection.
The main wine styles produced are Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Shiraz.
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