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Something old, something new, as 2022 Orange Wine Show award winners revealed

September 29, 2022



By David Fitzsimons


Two wineries - Swinging Bridge and Byrne Farm - have dominated the 2022 Orange Wine Show awards.


The winner of the region’s best cellar door was Swinging Bridge Wines on the Escort Way.


It was one of seven trophies the winery collected including Best Red Wine of the Show (2021 Caldwell Lane Pinot Noir), Best Exhibitor of the Show, Best Older Chardonnay (2017 Hill Park) and Best Pinot Noir (2021 Caldwell Lane).

Judging of the cool climate area’s top drops took place this month.



Veteran winemaker Tom Ward from Swinging Bridge said he was happiest about the acknowledgement for best cellar door.




Byrne Farm, one of Orange’s newest wineries, has claimed the region’s top prize, with its latest white being named the best wine of the 2022 Orange Wine Show.



Cargo Road Nashdale-based Byrne Farms took out the top prize with its 2021 Chardonnay.

All up it won four awards - Best Wine of the Show, Best White Wine of the Show, Best Young Wine of the Show and Best Single Vineyard.




Canadian Jeff Byrne established the winery with wife Bridgette, planting the first block of vines in 2020, after leaving the beachside suburb of Stockton in Newcastle.


Chairman of Judges, Adam Walls, said the quality from the region’s wineries was high across the board.

“Sparkling was very good and generally is a strong suit of Orange wine,” he said.



“Riesling and chardonnay were also strong this year, chardonnay has always performed well in Orange; the work that has gone into vineyards is very evident from the quality of the chardonnay, but it’s great to see more people doing Riesling and seeing how winemakers adapt to this is exciting.



“The cooler red vintage of ’21 made for some bright, mid-way reds with pinot winning the reds. Wine makers in the region are very excited about pinot and this year’s entries were the best pinots I’ve seen out of Orange.”

2022 Orange Wine Show Trophies


Best Wine of the Show Byrne Farm 2021 Chardonnay


Best White Wine of the Show Byrne Farm 2021 Chardonnay


Best Red Wine of the Show Swinging Bridge 2021 Caldwell Lane Pinot Noir

Best Exhibitor of the Show Swinging Bridge Wines





Wine of Provenance Swinging Bridge 2021, 2019 + 2011 Caldwell Lane Block A Chardonnay

Best Single Vineyard Byrne Farm 2021 Chardonnay

Special Chairman’s Award Swift 2011 Blanc de Blancs

Best Sparkling Gilbert 2016 Blanc de Blancs


Best Riesling Cooks Lot 2022 Allotment 333 Riesling

Best Sauvignon Blanc Ross Hill 2021 Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc

Best Young Chardonnay Byrne Farm 2021 Chardonnay

Best Older Chardonnay Swinging Bridge 2017 Hill Park Chardonnay

Best Pinot Gris/Grigio See Saw Organic 2022 Pinot Gris


Best Alternative White Tamburlaine 2022 Wine Lovers Gewürztraminer


Best Rosé Mayfield Vineyard 2022 "Five Rows" - Rosé

Best Pinot Noir Swinging Bridge 2021 Caldwell Lane Pinot Noir

Best Shiraz Swinging Bridge 2021 Shiraz

Best Cabernet Sauvignon Angullong 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Mature Red Carillion 2013 The Volcanics Cabernet Sauvignon


Best Alternative Red Angullong 2021 Fossil Hill Montepulciano


Cellar Door of the Year Swinging Bridge.


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