Highland Heritage vineyard is situated at 900 metres on rich basalt soils. The cool temperatures during most of the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grape growing. The fruit ripens slowly intensifying colour and flavour. Harvesting the fruit during autumn when its cooler, is also better for the fruit than compared to the heat of warmer climates.
Orange is a cool climate region with the added benefit of an elevation ranging from 600 metres to just under 1200 metres. This has a profound effect on the resultant wines, producing sophisticated and alluring reds and elegant well structured whites.
Located on 125 hectares on the Central Tablelands of New South Wales at Orange, 3kms east of the city, it is currently planted to 40 acres of grapes consisting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling and Shiraz . Grapes are also purchased from the district and surrounding areas of the Central Tablelands, thus giving us flexibility for our many styles and price ranged wines.
The wines are made by John Hordern, our Chief Winemaker, at the old Oak Milk facility (built in 1950) in Muswellbrook, NSW. We have converted this into a modern winemaking facility. Contract winemaking is also undertaken in addition to our own activities.