The Smith Family
The Smith Family returned to the cooler climate of Orange in 2010, looking for respite from the years spent as wheat and sheep farmers, and hoping to surround themselves with luscious greenery over the drier months, something that the chance of planting grape vines offered.
Craig & Julie, along with their three children have worked & loved their vines from that start. With the kids helping every step of the way they have levelled the land, removed tonnes of rocks to free the volcanic soils, and sown grass to help make the vines part of their extended garden. The vineyard is slowly taking shape and now offers the respite in the summer months that they were hoping for.
Roaring Fork Wine Co.
The name ‘Roaring Fork’ for the wines can be traced back to the “noise we could hear in the vineyard one night after a steady day of teaming rain. We ventured outside with torches at the ready and to our astonishment discovered it was the waters roaring through a fork in the normally dry creeks that wind their way around the blocks of vines”. When pressed to put something on the label – the memories of the roar down those forks came to mind and c’est la vie!
It gives the kids a scene of responsibility & pride.
We love spending time in the vines as a family.
The Orange Wine Centre
- 87 Hill Street
Orange NSW 2800
- 02 6360 4833
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- Amaroo Road
Borenore NSW 2800
Roaring Fork is a picturesque block planted with carefully selected grape varieties. Handpicked with love.
Roaring Fork vineyard was planted during October 2011, then trained & pruned in 2012. All the fruit that year was picked and discarded, assisting the vines in concentrating on establishing themselves. The summer of 2013/2014 brings an unexpected first vintage, with the extended Smith Family and available friends helping to handpick the fruit in March 2014.
With the regions high altitude, regular rainfall and bright sunlight, Orange is the perfect place to grow many varieties of grapes. Roaring Fork planted bare rooted Chardonnay 101-14 and Pinot Noir 777, both clones being well suited to the terroir of Orange NSW. The vineyard is north easterly facing, situated amongst the sedimentary loams and basalt laden soils of the Lachlan Fold Belt, and enjoys long warm days and cooler nights. All elements that assist in building acids in the fruit,enabling it to contain clarity, delicate fruit flavours and elegant structure.
Roaring Fork is hoping to expand their collection of wines whilst staying true to the varieties that Orange is renowned for. Please stay tuned for our next edition, a classic Shiraz 1654.
The grapes are handpicked with love by the Smith family along with friends from a north easterly facing site with an elevation of 710m.
Our wines are distinctively high altitude cool climate wines, delicate in flavour and true to the varietal characteristics of the region.
Our wines have been well received by reviewers such as Mike Bennie from WMB and Houn Hooke. The 2014 Chardonnay collected Bronze Awards at the 2015 NSW Wine Awards and the 2015 Orange Wine Show, and the 2014 Pinot Noir received a Bronze Award at the 2015 NSW Wine Awards.