Cool Climate Wines of Orange
The Mortimer’s grow Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot at their Chestnut Garth Vineyard and source Sauvignon Blanc grapes from a neighbouring vineyard. These grapes are transformed into stunning cool climate wines by master wine makers Simon Gilbert and Chris Derrez. Mortimer’s Wines is located in Orange NSW on the East side of Australia.
Crossing over the blue mountains, Orange is located 3.5 hours’ drive west of Sydney. The city of Orange is built on what was known as Blackmans Swamp and is nestled at the foot of the imposing Mt Canobolas. The mountain stands at an elevation of 1300 metres with the city of Orange rising 836 metres above sea level. Mt Canobolas is an extinct volcano and has furnished the region with many parcels of rich basalt soil. The volcanic soils, altitude and large temperature ranges provide arguably the best cool climate grape growing conditions in Australia.
Mortimer’s Wines is very much a family business. Peter Mortimer, his wife Julie and their five sons, Michael, James, Tim, Daniel and Robbie planted Chestnut Garth Vineyard to 1 hectare of Chardonnay grapes in 1996. The following year a further 1.2 hectares of Shiraz and 1 hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon were added. More recently a small area of Pinot Noir and Merlot was planted.
Although the boys are all now grown up and pursuing their own aspirations, they still find time to help out on the vineyard. In harvest time its all hands on deck with 3 generations of Mortimer’s pitching in to hand pick the best grapes for every bottle.
The Origins of Chestnut Garth
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The Cellar Door is situated in the Old March School house, a quaint old building that was established in 1866.
Opening times: Weekends and Public Holidays 11am to 5pm.
Weekdays by appointment. Please call the office phone (02) 6365 8513
Weekend Cellar door number is 02 6365 8355
Services: Free wine tasting for singles or small groups. Buses welcome by appointment.
We have a drink on premise license so you can enjoy a glass of wine, beer
or beverage inside the schoolhouse, in the playground or in the Braeview function room.
Cheese and fruit platters are available. Coffee and cake can be purchased during opening hours.
All art is for sale . Gifts are a popular line with local produce and gift packaged wines.
The Barrel Hall
The Barrel Hall is our new self-contained accommodation. Private and set amongst the chardonnay vines, the pretty view rolls down to the lake. As it is a working vineyard we house our oak barrels here from time to time but this only adds to the ambience and atmosphere. The Vines Studio accommodation is located on the ground floor, complete with verandah and conversation fire-pit overlooking the chardonnay. The Canopy Loft above, offers more space and catches the stunning sunsets. A short walk down the track through the trees to the Old Schoolhouse can be found another fire-pit for the Loft occupants.
Functions and Events
Functions and Events
Mortimer’s Wines and Chestnut Garth Vineyard is a great place for events. The peaceful ambiance of being amongst the countryside provides a great atmosphere for all kind of events and functions. We welcome birthday parties, Christmas parties, engagements, weddings, christenings and get-togethers of any kind. For full details of the function package contact Julie via our email email@example.com.
Cellar Door Opening Hours:
Weekends and Public Holidays 11am to 5pm.
Weekdays by appointment
Week day office number (02) 6365 8513
Weekend cellar door number (02) 6365 8355
Premium Cool Climate Wines – Chestnut Garth Vineyard
Peter and Julie Mortimer & Sons
The Old March School House Cellar Door
780 -786 Burrendong Way
ORANGE NSW 2800