A Taste of Australia: Visiting Orange
As the sun slipped below the edge and engulfed the overstretching vineyards, an icy drop of temperature made us shiver from beneath our jackets. But instead of taking the cue to move indoors, we huddled by the crackling bon re where a crowd of locals frolicked and danced, un nished wine rocking in our glasses and the Milky Way hanging close above our heads. Just a short journey out of Sydney, the town of Orange took us back in time to experience the magic of a traditional Australian lifestyle.
Located approximately 250 km west of Sydney, Orange is a thriving regional city in one of the most scenic and fertile areas of New South Wales. Mount Canobolas, the ancient volcanic range laid down the foundation of the region’s fertile topology of basalt-rich soils, high altitudes and consistent humidity. The city bloomed into a centre of exotic produce, fine wine and elegant restaurants, and holds its own slice of Australian history. The freezing high altitude also makes it one of the country’s snowiest attractions during the winter months.
Orange in the Gold Rush
Australia’s first gold rush began when gold was discovered in the Orange region in 1851, sparking an age of prosperity and population growth. Known today as the “Heritage Trail”, some wonderful examples of 19th century architecture have been beautifully preserved and are open to visit across the town, including churches, courts, terraces and halls.
In a constantly illuminated city, it is easy to forget that Mother Nature watches above in the form of billions of speckled lights. In Orange, not only does the high altitude and fresh open air offer a panoramic view of the starry night sky, there is also a history of ancient astrological readings embedded in the community. As the stars rotate across the seasons, the constellations are known to represent a collection of mythologies. Many famous stories, such as the myth of the Seven Sisters (Pleiades) have been recorded in Greek, Chinese and Indigenous cultures.
澳大利亞Orange奧蘭治位於距悉尼市 250公里處，是一個坐落於古老的卡諾布拉斯火山(Mount Canobolas) 腳下的一個幽靜小鎮。
而在那個時候，當地還誕生了一位澳洲最有名的詩人，班卓‧帕特森（Banjo Paterson），他所創作的民謠「叢林流浪」至今家喻戶曉，他的頭像被印在了$10 的紙幣上。
肥沃的火山土壤配上了特有的涼爽氣候，使得當地盛產核果、羊奶酪、菌類和葡萄等農產品，也因此誕生了新鮮美味的食物和純正的 葡萄酒。如今，Orange 的葡萄園多達 80個，酒窖38處。嘗美味佳餚、品美酒佳釀成為各大農莊招待各方遊客的好客之道。
奧蘭治小鎮四季分明，擁有格調各異、美麗如畫的田園山水景色，也形成了不同主題的旅遊熱點，二月的氣泡酒節；四月的美食節；八月的篝火節；和十月的葡萄酒節。冬季的 Orange 奧蘭治還能觀賞到雪景。
Wine craftsmanship in Orange follows an intricate process of combining acidity, oak and fruit until a refined, well-balanced body of wine is achieved. Over the years, Orange has built a solid reputation in the wine industry for its pristine range of coolclimate wines.
A key element of Orange wine is their grape production, spread across the region’s varying altitudes from 600-1000 metres. Each area carries its own distinct taste and texture that all contribute to creating Orange’s incredibly diverse styles of wine.
“The higher altitude grapes contain more acid retention, producing wine that is ultimately more crisp and fresh,” says James of Ross Hill Wines.
“While regular shiraz is not a popular pairing with Chinese cuisine, the strong presence of natural acid in a cool climate shiraz complements perfectly with a spicy Chinese palate.”
Today, Orange offers one of the most indulgent wine experiences of Australia, featuring multiple awardwinning wineries with cellar door wine-tasting. There are also seasonal events across the nd year such as the FOOD week festival and the Winter Fire Festival, where visitors can immerse themselves into the liveliness of the local community.
Orange 奧蘭治附近還有一個澳大利亞第一波淘金熱所在地俄斐保護 區（Ophirreserve）， 可以來此淘金試試手氣。或是在古意盎然的高斯令小溪保護區（Gosling Creek Reserve）騎車、散步，悠閒地野餐。再遠行一些，來到卡科阿爾大壩（Carcoar Dam），這裡可以看到佈雷尼 (Blayney) 風力農場和一幢幢歷史老建築，這也是廣受歡迎的駕船、風帆衝浪、游泳和釣魚地點。
VISION Trevor Leaman採訪天文學家雜誌 Lucy Wu
VISION 雜誌代表與 Orange 市長合影。