New South Wales on a high: Orange & Hilltops regions and 15 wine picks


Orange and Hilltops wine regions
The cool-climate vineyards of the Hilltops region in New South Wales.

Outsiders might scoff at the idea that Australia can produce cool-climate wines, as the country is famous for sun, surf and sand. A warm, temperate climate, with regular droughts, heatwaves and devastating wildfires, is the all-pervading impression.

That’s all true, but this massive continent supports a huge range of climatic regions. And as climate change increases its influence, cooler places to grow wine grapes will be increasingly valued.

Scroll down for Huon Hooke’s 15 wine picks from Orange and Hilltops