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Destination NSW ST WINEGUIDE Wine & Food GUIDE


Written by Aksel Ritenis


Orange in the Central West is a rural wonderland of wineries, designer hotels and just-picked produce. With the Orange Wine Festival coming up on 18-27 October it’s the ideal time for a leisurely weekend away in this beautiful region. For two weeks, the Orange Wine Festival showcases the craft of local Orange winemakers. Sip and graze your way through wine masterclasses, stroll the twilight markets boasting local culinary delights and watch wine show judging. Notable players amongst the Orange wine brands include Philip Shaw, Printhie, Ross Hill, Swinging Bridge, Angullong, Heifer Station, Nashdale Lane and Rowlee.

Food & Wine in Orange

The majestic dormant volcano, Mount Canobolas, has provided Orange with soil rich in minerals. Combine this with the region’s high altitude and you have perfect conditions for the production of delectable cool climate wines. First class restaurants and wonderful local produce complement the premium wines, making Orange a must visit destination in Regional NSW.

Food in Orange

Orange has a strong agricultural heritage, and grows exceptional fruit and vegetables. Sample some of the region’s best at the Agrestic Grocer, and enjoy the on-site brewery and fantastic restaurant. You’ll also find the Second Mouse Cheese Company, suppliers to many Orange restaurants, including highly rated Charred. Learn about the wine making process at Rowlee before strolling through the vines to Racine restaurant for a perfectly matched three-course meal.

As the wine industry has developed in the last few decades, so has the restaurant scene. The region is home to exceptional restaurants, creating superb seasonal menus using sustainable local produce. Enjoy contemporary Italian and French cuisine at the one-hat Lolli Redini and visit the charming heritage village of Millthorpe for a delicious meal at Tonic. At Sister’s Rock Restaurant on Borrodell Vineyard, the menu features cherries and truffles grown on-site.

Wine in Orange

Ferment is a good place to start your wine experience, a cellar door for over 20 producers. Learn about the art and science of winemaking from Australia’s first carbon neutral winery, Ross Hill Wines, and stop for a tasting at Philip Shaw Wines, an Orange wine pioneer. Immerse yourself in the beautiful countryside with an Orange Wine Tour and enjoy Alsace inspired wines at Colmar Estate.

On the slopes of Mount Canobolas you’ll find De Salis’ Vineyard with 180 degree views over the valley below. Nearby, Cargo Road Wines is one of the oldest vineyards in the region and has a focus on sustainability. Heifer Station offers tastings in a 100 year old shearing shed, farm animals to pet and private picnics on the gorgeous estate. Sit down on the sunny terrace for a tasting at Swinging Bridge wines.

Vineyards can also be found in the villages surrounding Orange. In the centre of historic Millthorpe you can visit the cellar doors of Slow Wine Co and Angullong WinesPrinthie Wines sits just outside Molong and the tasting room looks out over the vines towards Mount Canobolas.

For further information on food and wine trails or maps, click here.

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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