Pa­trono Se­ries cel­e­brates 70 years of mak­ing fine Or­ange wines

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE TASTE -

OR­ANGE’S High­land Her­itage has re­leased its Pa­trono Se­ries to com­mem­o­rate an im­pres­sive 70 years of wine­mak­ing. The wines com­prise the 2015 High­land Her­itage Pa­trono Shi­raz and 2015 High­land Her­itage Pa­trono Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. The High­land Her­itage story started in 1946 when wine­maker, Carmelo D’Aquino, made six bar­rels of wine in his tin shed win­ery, es­tab­lish­ing an in­dus­try in Or­ange’s cool cli­mate re­gion. Still fam­ily owned and op­er­ated, third-gen­er­a­tion vi­gneron Rex D’Aquino has re­leased the Pa­trono Se­ries to hon­our his fam­ily’s wine mak­ing her­itage. “We have seen great changes over the past 70 years. From travers­ing Aus­tralia to buy grapes we moved closer to home, mak­ing wine from Cowra dur­ing the 1980s and now mak­ing our flag­ship wines from vines that we planted here in Or­ange 1985,” Rex said. “It’s been an ex­cit­ing jour­ney and we’re con­fi­dent of a very bright fu­ture in Or­ange. “There are many wine­grow­ers mak­ing great wines here now. The vines are ma­tur­ing and we are all build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the re­gion; with ev­ery vin­tage comes an in­crease in qual­ity.”

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