We have received some fantastic reviews and feedback from these world class wines


2016 Highland Heritage Fume Blanc Trophy – Best young Sauvignon Blanc of Show.



2015 Highland Heritage Fume Blanc  93 Points


2015 Highland Heritage PATRONO Cabernet Sauvignon

100 Top New Release Wines – August 2017 
Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE
2015 Highland Heritage The Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon 93 POINTS
A full bodied, potent, young Cabernet that is youthfully firm and a little straightforward, but has the promise of developing further. Fresh herbal, violet, plum and blackberry aromas are intense and bright.

International Wine and Spirit Competition London 2017    


2015 Highland Heritage PATRONO Shiraz

  •  SILVER          ORANGE WINE SHOW 2016
  • BRONZE        NSW WINE SHOW 2016

A great Review on the Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon from John Fordham – 18/6/2017

Huon Hooke   4th April 2017

The Patrono Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2015    93 Points

  • Ranked #4 of 58  2015 Cabernet Sauvignon tasted from Australia

Deepish red colour with a tint of purple, smelling fresh and young and slightly herbal, with some earthy plummy and blackberry notes. The wine is full-bodied and very firm in tannins. It’s a young and slightly straightforward wine that will evolve further. The violet notes are intense and strong on both nose and palate. It has the makings of a superb wine in a couple of years. )

The Tony Keys Report

Highland Heritage ‘Orange Region’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015:   95 Points

Pure blackcurrant on the nose and very slender on the palate it’s a wine that needs attention, don’t give it and the beauty could be missed. Its elegant and demands concentration 95 points pushing price at $55, as I think it needs to garner some reputation first but I admire the boldness of, ‘going for it’

 Highland Heritage Orange Region Shiraz 2015:  95 Points

Light on the nose and on entry, it sits very pert at the front of the palate but increases in intensity as it glides across the palate like a slender body swathed in silk 95 points and worth a try at $55”

The Wine Reviewer 

2015 Highland Heritage Patrono Cabernet Sauvignon   92 Points

This wine was released to celebrate 70 years of winemaking of Highland Heritage in the Orange wine region, this is an ultra cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon with the fruit coming from the Borenore region of Orange at an elevation of 830 metres. A light red in the glass the holds true to its cool climate roots, the nose is elegant, refined and aromatic with lifted blackberry, tobacco and wood smoke. The palate gives a pristine array of dark berry fruits etched with gentle spice, an earthen aspect and flowing acidity. The finish is has cassis with lingering tobacco and black olive. This has the elegance to cellar for a considerable period.

When to Drink  Optimal Drinking  2017 – 2030    Date Reviewed    04 10, 2017

Below is a great Article by John Rozentals, appearing in Oz Baby Boomers on 16th April 2017

A salute to Carmelo for starting the Orange ball rolling

Carmelo D’Aquino holds a special place in my heart for two reasons.

Firstly, the small delicatessen he established in Orange was one of the things that kept my late father sane.

Arnold was an extremely proud Australian but as a post-war refugee from war-torn Europe he found the food here somewhat bland, to say the least … except for the continental goodies — sausages and breads and table wines, etc — stocked by Carmelo.

Secondly, we tend to think of Orange as a quite recent addition to the Australian wine scene, but, in fact, Carmelo D’Aquino made his first barrel of wine there, in a small tin shed, in 1946, just on 70 years ago.

The origin of the grapes has been lost to history but that hardly matters. What matters is that Carmelo is recorded as the first winemaker in Orange and that he started an industry that has boomed in recent years and lifted the district to an esteemed standard in the world of wine.

That tradition has been inherited by his grandson Rex D’Aquino, who produces some of the country’s top drops under the Highland Heritage label and has just released a couple of reds in the new Patrono series, released specifically to honour the pioneering work of work of Carmelo.

The Highland Heritage operation, on the outskirts of Orange along the Mitchell Highway towards Sydney, is one of region’s modern landmarks and includes a restaurant, function centre and cellar-door as well as a pristine vineyard.

And Rex, thankfully, has a firm grip on history: “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.”

 Please see some links to some other great reviews and write ups on the Patrono Range of Wines


Vines on the Vine  – Patron Series Celebrates 70 Years   4th May 2017

Newcastle Herald – From Shed to Winemaking Powerhouse – 3rd May 2017

The Wine Smith – Patrono Cabernet April 2017

The Wine Smith – Patrono Shiraz  May 15th 2017