Grape Escape to Orange this Spring for Annual Wine Festival
Plan a mid-week grape escape or wine weekend away to the picturesque Orange region between 12-21 October, and take advantage of the unique culinary events on offer during the annual Orange Wine Festival.
Now in its 13th year, the much-anticipated 10-day festival showcases the best new release cool climate wines and spring produce from Orange and its surrounding villages, across more than 90 different events, making it the ideal time to visit the region.
Tickets to signature Orange Wine Festival events are now on sale, with program highlights including:
The Vino Express
Enjoy a three-day Sydney-to-Orange return journey packed with curated culinary experiences, showcasing the best wines, produce and dining on offer in Orange. Available across two weekends 12-14 October and 19-21 October, The Vino Express package includes train tickets, accommodation, events and dining, from $897 per person.
Wine in the Vines
Journey through the vines from winery to winery on this one-off tour led by local vignerons on 20 October. Go behind the scenes of cellar doors and enjoy a roving lunch with matching wines, transfers and a bottle of local wine to takeaway, for $149 per person.
Orange Wine Festival Night Market
Spend the twilight springtime hours perusing more than 50 food and wine stalls dotted around leafy Robertson Park, on 19 October. Meet local winemakers and chefs, dine at communal tables and enjoy live music under the stars, with a gold coin donation for entry.
Orange Wine Show Tasting and Masterclass
Sample and judge local wines from the Orange Wine Show, choosing from more than 200 types all in the one room, matched with local produce, on 12 October for $60 per person. Enhance your tasting experience and wine knowledge by including a masterclass hosted by Rikard Wines winemaker Will Rikard-Bell, for $75 per person.
For more information and tickets to Orange Wine Festival events, visitwww.orangewinefestival.com.au.
Make the most of a grape escape to Orange by exploring the 30-plus cellar doors, more than 80 vineyards, award-winning dining venues including hatted restaurant Lolli Redini, and unique experiences such as glamping in the vineyards at Nashdale Lane or cooking up a storm at the new Ross Hill Wines’ Barrel & Larder interactive cooking school.
Cap off the experience with a stay in one of the region’s range of accommodations, from charming B&Bs and cottages, to serviced apartments and boutique hotels.
For more information on where to stay and what to do in Orange, visit www.visitorange.com.au.
Orange in the Central West of NSW is a 3.5-hour drive or one-hour flight from Sydney over the Blue Mountains. At an elevation of 600 to 1000 metres, it is the highest wine-growing region in Australia, fast becoming known as one of the country’s premier cool climate wine regions, particularly for its signature varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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Orange360 is a new joint regional tourism initiative between Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council and Cabonne Council. Orange360 encompasses everything that colours the Orange region, all year round, uniting the people, places and produce which make the New South Wales region unique.