Welcome to Mortimer’s family vineyard
After retiring from his Rugby League career at the Canterbury Bulldogs, Peter and Julie Mortimer moved to Orange with the desire to raise their 5 young sons in the country. After purchasing 45 acres just north of Orange, Peter and the family planted Chestnut Garth vineyard in 1995. Following years of hard work and a growing passion for the wine industry, the first Mortimer’s wines were bottled in 2001. The Mortimer family property sits behind the old March Schoolhouse which had closed its gates in 1976. After purchasing the school off the local council in 2004, it was converted into their Cellar Door.
The rich 150 year history of the March Schoolhouse has been preserved and creates the perfect setting to taste and enjoy a wide range of award winning wines.
We welcome you to our little piece of paradise…
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Cool Climate Wines of Orange
They say you can't make good wine from bad grapes and at Mortimer's, it all starts in the vineyard. Planted in 1995, our Chestnut Garth vineyard has been a labour of love for the Mortimer family. Our vines consist of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, with our Sauvignon Blanc grown at a neighbouring vineyard. For 30 years we have been creating and maintaining a sustainable vineyard. Our belief is that if you create the right ecosystem for the vines to thrive in, the grape growing process can be a lot more "hands off" resulting in elegant and complex fruit, ripe to make outstanding wines.
Our grapes are then transformed into our signature cool climate wines by master winemakers Simon Gilbert and Chris Derrez. Both multi-generational winemakers with endless awards and accolades. No expense is spared to ensure we make the finest quality wine because...
life's too short to drink bad wine
Central West NSW
Crossing over the blue mountains, Orange is located 3.5 hours drive west of Sydney.
The wine region of Orange, NSW is one of the only wine regions in the world defined by altitude (over 600m). The city of Orange and it's surrounding vineyards lies on the slopes of Mount Canobolas - an extinct Volcano last erupting 11 million years ago. This iconic landmark has blessed with region with rich basalt soils and exceptional terroir. The region's altitude and large temperature range provides the opportunity for vignerons to grow wines of serious complexity and diversity, making it one of Australia's premier cool-climate wine regions.
Mortimer's Wines is located just 5 minutes north of Orange in the beautiful heritage listed March Schoolhouse est. 1866.