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The Butcher & The Winemaker

Orange F.O.O.D Week 2017

Angullong welcomes back artisan small goods maker Stephan Burmilli for a sausage making masterclass. Afterwards enjoy a delicious lunch with Angullong wines to match.

Date: Monday 3 April 2017

Time: 11am until 2pm

Venue: Angullong Cellar Door, Bluestone stables, cnr Park and Victoria Streets, Millthorpe NSW

Tickets: $95.00 pp   Click here to purchase

Due to the nature of this event, places are limited.

About Rudis...

Rudolf Birmili (Rudi), his wife Hilde and children Elke and Stefan, migrated from the southern German city of Stuttgart in 1981 whereupon Rudi worked as a smallgoods maker in various places but never satisfied with the quality and recipes that he was being made to produce. There was only one solution and Rudis Continental Butchery was established in 1983. Rudis quickly gained a reputation for unwavering quality and value for which people from far and wide would venture, to sample his delicious traditional German Wurst.

Rudi was joined by his son Stefan in 1990, whereupon leaving a career at QANTAS as an avionic engineering apprentice, began his culinary journey into smallgoods and butchery.

Upon Rudis retirement in 1995 Stefan took over the family business, and as a third generation German butcher Stefan quickly took to the art. He has been joined over the years by fantastic staff who take great pride in upholding our traditions..

>> click here to read more

Win Angullong wine & picnic basket


For your chance to win six bottles of Angullong Wine along with this two person picnic basket, simply purchase any Angullong wine from our online store between now and 16th March 2017.

The prize will be drawn on the 17 March 2017 at the Angullong Cellar Door.

Made from quality willow with straps and cotton linen lining, this sensational two person picnic basket is designed for picnic fun.  Along with this fabulous picnic basket, enjoy 6 mixed bottles of Angullong wine to enjoy with friends and family.

Note: This promotion is only open to residents of NSW


How to enter: 

1. Entry to this competition is by purchasing any Angullong Wine via the Angullong wine website at www.angullong.com.au


1. This competition commences at 9:00am EST on 7 February 2017 and closes at 5:00pm AEDST on 16 March 2017 (‘Promotional Period’). Taking part in this competition constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 

2. The Promoter of the competition is Angullong Vineyard, ABN 28367379841, 2723 Four Mile Creek Road, Panuara, NSW 2800 (‘Angullong’). 

3. To enter, persons must purchase any Angullong Wine from the Angullong website, www.angullong.com.au during the Promotional Period. Purchases online constitute automatic entry into the promotion.

4. This promotion is only open to residents of New South Wales. 

5. There is a total prize pool of $200.00 to be won, consisting of one prize of a 2 Person Picnic Basket Set with Cooler Bag Blanket and 6 bottles of mixed Angullong wine.

6. There will be one winner drawn by random hand selection at Angullong Cellar Door, Millthrope NSW 2800 on 17 March 2017 at 12.30pm 

7. The winner will be notified on their contact number as indicated on the purchase details on the website within two days of the Draw Date. Provided the winner’s are successfully contacted the winner’s details will be announced online at Angullong.com.au and via Angullong social media if approved to by the winner.

8. If the prize remains unclaimed after 3 months of the draw, the Promoter will conduct an unclaimed prize draw in the same manner and place as the original draw, subject to any directions from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (NSW). 

9. There is no limit of entry per person, however one online order constitutes one entry. 

10. Angullong Vineyard accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the prize winnings. 

11. If for any reason whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, the promotion is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, unless to do so would be prohibited by law, to (a) disqualify any entrant; and/or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to cancel, suspend, modify, terminate or cancel the promotion. 

12. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity and age) and reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for tampering with the entry process or for submitting an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions, or if the entrant is engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of these rights. 

13. Angullong Vineyard reserves the right to make changes to the prize allocation through the competition. 

14. No correspondence will be entered into. The promoter’s decision is final. 

15. Directors and employees of the Promoter (and their immediate families) and its agencies associated with this promotion, are not eligible to enter. 

16. Entry is open only to persons aged 18 years or older.

17. NSW Permit number LTPS/17/11242

Pilu and Angullong Wines at Bell Hill Homestead

Giovanni Pilu from the Two Chef's Hat restaurant Pilu at Freshwater, together with Angullong Wines, presents two intimate functions.

Giovanni has created a menu using produce straight from the paddock that complements perfectly with Angullong's cool climate wines. 

Enjoy a long table lunch or dinner, sit, relax and take in the beautiful views from Bell Hill Homestead with friends.......limited tickets available.

(Tickets can be bought in either session below, pls make sure you select the correct event.)

Venue: Bell Hill Homestead, 556 Kangaroobie Road, Orange NSW

Date: Sunday 9 April 2017

LUNCH: 11;30am  OR  DINNER: 6:30pm

Tickets: $185 pp, Available via www.trybooking.com/248558

Enquiries: Call 0408 229 559

Orange Trio FOOD Week Dinner at Stepping Stone

Come and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of orange FOOD week, with a 6 course degustation dinner at Stepping Stone Restaurant.

The Orange Trio comprises Angullong, Swinging Bridge and Printhie Wines.

We will also have a special guest in the kitchen Mr Michael Manners, who once owned this very restaurant. 

We all look forward to spoiling you with some special dishes matched with some of the region's best wines.

Date: Saturday 9th April 2016 @ 6:30pm
Venue: Stepping Stone Restaurant 179 Anson Street
Tickets :$150 pp with matching wines 
Bookings  Call Stepping Stone on 02 6361 1179

Spring release of Angullong favourites

Orange’s Angullong Wines has released its 2016 vintage whites, including the 2016 Angullong Sauvignon Blanc ($20) and 2016 Angullong Pinot Grigio ($20). 

The new wines have been released in time for the upcoming 2016 Orange Wine Festival, which celebrates Orange’s 20-year anniversary of being formally recognised by the international Geographic Indicator Committee, as the Orange Wine Region.

Whilst wine has been made Orange since the 1940s, the pioneers of modern winegrowing in the region established their vineyards in the early 1980s.  The Angullong vineyards were planted over a number of years, with the first vines going in in 1998. 

Sauvignon Blanc was one of the first varieties to gain real attention, with the cool climate and elevation of over 600 metres ensuring a regional style developed. Other varieties have since enjoyed success, with Pinot Grigio a more recent addition.

These are wines made to show a purity of fruit. The region has the ability to produce crisp and balanced wines with fantastic natural acidity; a reflection of the cool growing conditions of the region.

As the region’s vines mature and the winemaking experience develops the wines continue to improve.  It’s an exciting time in the region.  We are seeing an increase in visitation to our cellar door in Millthorpe and an increase in awareness of Orange. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are well received as are other varieties including Barbera, Tempranillo and now a Sagrantino.

The Orange Region will be hosting events for the Wine Festival from the 14th October. Angullong is inviting visitors to their inaugural ‘Outstanding in the Vines’ Lunch in the vineyard on the 29th October as well as an intimate ‘The Butcher and the Winemaker’ lunch and sausage master class with renowned small goods artisan Stefan Birmili on the 24th October. 

Outstanding in the Vines

The Orange Region’s Angullong Wines is set to host the inaugural ‘Outstanding in the Vines’ lunch as part of the 2016 Orange Wine Festival.

The lunch sees guests experience Angullong with an open air, long table lunch set within the winegrower’s vast vineyard on the southern foothills of Mount Canobolas. 

“The vineyard is a 40 minute drive from Orange and it’s rare that our costumer and guests get to see the vines,” explained owner and general manager, Ben Crossing. “This is a rather unique experience in that we’ll be hosting the lunch in the middle of the vineyard. Most of our visitors have tasted our wines at our bluestone Cellar Door in Millthorpe and are always interested in where the grapes are grown.”

Guests are invited to join Angullong with a bus trip from Orange where upon they will be greeted by the Crossing family at their vineyard at Panuara.  The striking setting comprises the impressive 200-hectare vineyard set within the dramatic foothills of Mount Canobolas. The undulating rows of vines oversee steep hills that drop down to the Belubula River; now in full flow from the recent rains.

A three course lunch set along one long table will be prepared by local cook Jo Robson and matched to a range of newly released Angullong wines including the new Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Barbera, Vermentino and their flagship wine, the Angullong Crossing Reserve Shiraz.

“There are a number of events being hosted during the Orange Wine Festival. Our lunch is a relaxing way to connect with the land from which the wine is made.  It’s a chance to sit within the vastness and beauty of Orange at a setting not often experienced.” 

For further information about Angullong’s Outstanding in the Vines, please visit the website Angullong.com.au

Outstanding in the Vines

Date: Saturday 29 October 2016

Time: Lunch at 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Tickets: $150.00 pp (includes transport).  

Bookings: Available at www.angullong.mybigcommerce.com/outstanding-in-the-vines/

Transport: Buses depart Orange Railway Station at 11.45am and return after lunch at 5.00pm)

What to wear: As there is some walking through the vines, comfortable shoes are recommended. Given it is Orange, there may be a chill in the air during the afternoon. Of course a hat and sunglasses, and feel free to dress up, although jeans and casual attire is more at home in any vineyard. 

Knowledge gained through experience leads to Reserve release

Since its inception in 1998 Angullong’s Crossing family have produced some of the Orange region’s best Shiraz grapes. This experience, vine maturity and meticulous viticulture have culminated with the release of the winery’s new flagship wine, the 2013 Angullong Crossing Reserve Shiraz.

The new Reserve wine is made from a single block of Shiraz grown on the higher elevations of the Angullong vineyards. Year on year, this particular block produces grapes with more character, balance and concentration of flavour. We couldn’t have asked for a better vintage than 2013 and this brought our Reserve project to a head.

The Crossing family know well that opportunities such as the 2013 vintage are not the norm. In agriculture you learn to take the opportunities that good seasons present; 2013 was one such season. 

The Orange wine region can be described as a number of regions layered over each other. Being bounded by the 600 metre contour around the dramatic slopes of Mount Canobolas, the best wines are those where the varieties have been matched with each micro clime which is largely determined by elevation.

Red varieties such as Shiraz and Tempranillo are working particularly well around the 600 to 750 metre tier, with chardonnay and Pinot Noir enjoying some of the higher sites.

The knowledge of these sites, elevations and varieties is only gained through experience, and this is evident in the wines now being made in Orange.

The Angullong Crossing Reserve block sits within aged red / brown loamy top-soils, a result of the volcanic origins of Mount Canobolas. This gives way to sandy clay and shale subsoils with a limestone base ensuring good aeration and drainage. The result is relatively low vine vigour and low yields.

The new Crossing Reserve is a limited release wine with only two hundred cases produced. Whilst 2013 is the first vintage, we have made small parcels from 2014 and ensuing vintages. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak and then 18 months in bottle before release. It has been quite a journey and we are proud to dedicate this wine to our father Bill Crossing who passed away suddenly in October 2015.

Italian varieties blossom in cool climate

Angullong has recently released two new wines; the 2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese ($24.00) and the 2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera ($24.00).

Angullong has built a reputation of growing non-traditional varieties in its Orange region vineyard.  The vineyard, sitting at an elevation of around 600 metres is also home to Vermentino, Savagnin, Tempranillo and Sagrantino. 

“When we planted the vineyards back in 1998 we purposely looked at alternative varieties that we believed would be suit to the region.  The region is building a solid reputation for its Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also developing quite a following for these alternative varieties,” said owner and General Manager, Ben Crossing. 

“We have been buoyed by recent research showing the likes of Sangiovese becoming ‘mainstream styles base on share of listings*’ in the on-premise sector. We are certainly seeing this with sommeliers looking for varieties that offer interest to their wine lists; wines with good flavours and structure that better complement with food.”

Sangiovese has seen a dramatic increase in the share of red wine listings (on-premise), accounting for 5.6% of red wine listings, up from 3.0% in 2014*.  Barbera has also experienced growth in on-premise listings, albeit from a very low base, increasing from 0.4% in 2014 to 1.0% in 2015. 

“The broader availability of these varieties on wine lists is being driven by consumers who expect more choice. They are looking for new styles and varieties,” said Ben.  

These alternative varieties are well suited to the cooler Orange region.  “At an elevation of 600 metres, the defining regional contour surrounding Mount Canobolas, our red varieties ripen well.  The 2013 season was one of the best in Orange. Good soil moisture and warm dry weather leading up to vintage ensured that we could leave the grapes on the vine to fully ripen.”

After harvest the Sangiovese was de-stemmed with 20 per cent left as whole berries for fermentation before maturation in French oak.  The Barbera was handled in a similar method, with only 25 per cent of the wine matured in French oak in order to push the vibrant primary fruit flavours to the fore.

 *Wine Business Solutions White Paper May 2015

Vermentino joins Angullong's range of alternative varieties

Angullong Wines is situated in the foothills of Orange’s Mount Canobolas and has built a reputation of producing stylish, alternative variety cool climate wines.  The latest addition to their range is the 2014 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Vermentino ($22).  This new wine will partner the 2014 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sagrantino, due for release in late 2015.

We grafted the Vermentino in 2012, aiming to build on the alternative varieties in our portfolio.  Vermentino is a Mediterranean variety native to Italy, it is also grown in France and now finding a home in Australia, particularly in the warm inland areas due to its ability to thrive in hot and dry growing conditions. In spring of 2011 we decided to graft a small area to see how it would perform in our cooler region at 600m above sea level. We chose to graft a site on top of a ridge that is exposed to hot dry westerly winds during summer.

The variety produces large bunches and berries, so thinning was required during the growing season to balance the young vines. This was the last white variety to be harvested in the vineyard, with excellent natural acidity and flavour ripeness at 12.3 beaume.

Given it was our first vintage we took a fairly straight-forward approach to winemaking to retain the freshness and varietal character of the wine. Post fermentation, the wine was left on yeast lees for four weeks in order to allow the natural yeast autolysis to occur, releasing further aromatics and flavour complexity.

We are extremely pleased with this first vintage and look forward to seeing the wines develop as the vines age and we gain more experience with the variety both in the vineyard and winery.

This release coincides with the release of the 2013 Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viognier.  Shiraz is proving to be one of our flagship varieties. It consistently produces high quality wines, with trademark cool climate characters.

This is our 10th vintage of Angullong Shiraz Viognier and one of the best we have produced. The Shiraz is co-fermented with a small portion of Viognier, which is typically around 3 to 5%, working in the background to enhance the Shiraz by softening the tannins and rounding out the wine.

The 2013 vintage was one of the best on record for Orange. Ample soil moisture with a good spring and dry warm summer allowed the grapes to ripen well with little disease pressure. The reds are all showing excellent acid and tannin balance, with lovely aromatics. The wines are elegant, with persistence and texture.

Click below to purchase: 
2014 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Vermentino $22.00
2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Shiraz Viognier  $24.00

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