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The Long Awaited Drop; The Orange Wine Festival is Back in 2021
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The Long Awaited Drop; The Orange Wine Festival is Back in 2021


It’s no secret wine regions Australia wide have faced some major roadblocks recently, and the Orange wine region is no different. A global pandemic, mice plagues, drought and bushfire have been huge hurdles for our vignerons, and they are now ready and excited to celebrate the long-awaited drop.

Tom Ward, President of the Orange Region Vigneron Association commented, “The Orange Wine Festival will go ahead this year cementing its position as one of the most anticipated events on the Orange region calendar. The festival champions the best new release cool-climate wines and spring produce from Orange and its surrounding villages, making for an ideal time to visit the region.”

The 2021 Orange Wine Festival program has been launched and is brimming with a huge range of events that showcase the Orange wine region at its best. Running from October through to December events include behind-the-scenes access to wineries, meet-the-maker opportunities, fantastic culinary experiences paired with the region’s award-winning wines and wine education sessions, a celebration of this unique cool-climate wine region - where altitude is the difference!

“The Orange Wine Festival is a definite favourite on everybody’s calendar, and we are thrilled to be supporting the festival again in 2021”, said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall “After having to cancel the festival last year, it’s great to be back celebrating our wine region and showcasing it with others!”

Signature festival events include the 2021 Wine Show Tasting and Orange Wine Show Masterclasses both on the 11th December, and the ever-popular Night Markets on Friday, December 10th! 

Festival highlights on sale now include:


Orange Wine Show Tasting

All the wines from the Orange Wine Show, including the trophy and medal winning wines, will be on show for you to taste and judge. In between tasting, graze from generous platters of delicious local produce.
Orange Wine Show Tasting – Saturday 11 December, 2021
$65 per person

Live ‘n’ Local at Mortimers

Bring your own picnic along to The Old March Public Schoolhouse, which will be rocking again with  Live 'n' Local Sunday events in October. Enjoy a glass of Mortimer's award-winning wines whilst listening to some of Orange's best local musicians.
Live 'n' Local - Sunday October 17, 2021
Free Entry. Drinks available to purchase at the bar.

Picnic at Hill Park; Swinging Bridge

Enjoy the beautiful views at stunning Hill Park vineyard. Pack a picnic and spread your blanket in prime position to take in the stunning vista towards Mount Canobolas. Tickets are $50 and include a bottle of Swinging Bridge wine.
Picnic at Hill Park; Swinging Bridge – Sunday October 10, 2021
$50 per group (10 person max per group)

Sunset Tour and Taste @ Cargo Road

Meet the maker on this relaxed and informative walk & talk tour of holistically managed vineyard with vigneron James Sweetapple. Taste the wine, smell the soil. Learn how and why James does what he does in Orange - the perfect cool climate wine region. 
Sunset Tour & Taste @ Cargo Road  – Thursday 14 and Tuesday 26 October, 2021
$35 per person

Ross Hill’s Cooking Class with Michael Manners

Chef Michael Manners will be on hand at Ross Hill’s Barrel and Larder to showcase and demonstrate delicious recipes that perfectly pair with red wine. 
Ross Hill's Cooking Class with Michael Manners – Saturday October 16, 2021
$120 per person

Red Wine Blending Class at Dindima

Try your hand at becoming a winemaker! Join James in the winery for a hands-on, interactive wine blending experience. You’ll create your own unique blend from Dindima’s beautiful 2018 three red varietals. Even better, you’ll take home your very own blend to share!
Red Wine Blending Class at Dindima – Saturday October 16, 2021
$90 per person

For more information and tickets to Orange Wine Festival events, visit

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