The first vines are planted
A mix of red and white varieties is chosen.
Planting is completed in 2000 with the riesling block near the cellar door.
We purchase the vineyard
Plans are made to build a house and move from Sydney to Orange.
Our first vintage
A tough one, with two major rain events, yet two of our wines win trophies at the NSW Wine Awards. We realise we are onto something special.
Getting the varieties right
Under-performing red varieties – cabernet sauvignon and merlot – are grafted to white varieties and pinot noir more suited to the cool site.
Some big wins!
Colmar Estate blitzes the Orange Wine Show, winning five trophies including Best White Wine and Best Wine of Show.
27 trophies (and counting)
Colmar Estate becomes the Orange Region’s most awarded vineyard, winning 27 trophies at Australia wine shows in our first five vintages.
Welcome to Colmar Estate, where our relentless quest to make New South Wales’ finest cool climate wines is coming to fruition in the highlands of Orange.
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the gastronomic heart of town, our lovingly tended, family-owned vineyard is a sight for sore eyes. But the real beauty is to be found in the distinctive wines we craft from hand-picked fruit grown at 980 metres above sea level. If you like wine you’ll love Colmar Estate and the warm welcome that awaits you at our cellar door.
790 Pinnacle Rd, Orange, NSW 2800
Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays: 10.30am – 5pm.
All other times by appointment. If we are in, we are open!
Select from out bestselling wines
Bill and Jane Shrapnel
Wine lovers and passionate owners of Colmar Estate. It was 30 years in the planning!
Our daughter, graphic designer and food/travel blogger extraordinaire. Sarah designed our labels and the website. She also assists with communications and all the technical stuff.
Chris Derrez and Lucy Maddox
Our wonderful winemakers. Chris hails from Burgundy and is the artist; Lucy handles everything to do with numbers – the scientist. Nominated for Winemakers of the Year in 2018.
Ian ‘Pearcy’ Pearce
Our viticulturalist. What Ian doesn’t know about growing premium, cool climate grapes isn’t worth knowing. An advocate of ‘all great wines start in the vineyard’.
The Orange Wine Region
The Orange Wine Region is known for its high altitude vineyards. The higher you go the cooler it gets, allowing a wide range of grape varieties to be grown successfully.
Most wine regions are known for one or two varieties; Orange is known for its incredible diversity. But there is one constant – the elegant, cool climate style of the wines.