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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Organic wine pioneer opens new cellar door - and you can catch the train

Organic wine pioneeers Tamburlaine Organic Wines have opened a new tasting facility in the historic former Millthorpe General Store in Central Western New South Wales.

The opening follows hot on the heels of the multi-award-winning organic winemakers’ expansion in the Orange wine region via the purchase of the former Cumulus winery facility at Cudal, where it processed its 2020 fruit.

The new facility, to be run by local Phoenix Kamsteeg (above), will hold hosted wine tastings from Thursday.

Tamburlaine managing director Mark Davidson said Tamburlaine has enjoyed 35 years of providing exceptional cellar door service through its Hunter Valley operation and now is looking forward to supplementing the Orange region visitor wine experience.

“The cellar door opening in the region is not before time given our involvement with Orange region winemaking going back to 1989 and given the substantial vineyard holdings at Borenore and Belgravia,” Davidson said.

“This venue will complement the already established cellar doors in Millthorpe of Angullong and Slow Wine Co. The destination couples food and wine tourism with history and heritage.

“Tamburlaine built its Hunter business on tourism and cellar door hospitality. Over the decades we created a substantial customer base for the wines, one customer group at a time.

“We can now continue this highly effective model of direct sales with Orange region visitors and encourage our existing customers - who have not necessarily been before - to travel to the region.

"We know that many customers are just waiting for the excuse to visit Orange and Millthorpe."

Visitors to the cellar door can expect to sample a broad range of wine styles along with local gourmet produce. Guests can relax, get a bottle of wine, and a cheese plate to enjoy.

Millthorpe (above) is a heritage-listed village in Central West NSW and part of the Orange wine region. The historic town is 20 minutes’ drive south-east of Orange, only 10 minutes from Orange Airport, and 30 minutes west of Bathurst.

The drive from Sydney is 3 hours 30 minutes. Visitors can also come by train from Sydney, arriving in Millthorpe at 11.48am just in time for lunch, a spot of exploring, some cellar door tasting and then catch the train home at 4.11pm.

The Millthorpe Tamburlaine Organic Wines Cellar Door will initially be open Thursday through to Sunday, but special direct bookings can be made for small groups by phoning Phoenix directly on (02) 49 984 299 at

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