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Orange NSW. 11.1°C

Though long-known for its excellent local produce, cool-climate wines and fine dining restaurants, the gastronomic scene in Orange NSW has exploded in recent years cementing its status as one of Australia’s most prominent and sophisticated food and wine destinations.

Known as ‘Australia’s Food Basket’, the region is a haven of vineyard-dotted hills and abundant stonefruit and orchards. The combination of high altitude, a cool climate and rich volcanic soil create prime conditions for growing grapes, cherries, peaches, plums, apples, figs, quinces, truffles and so much more.

The district’s unique viticulture produces fine cool-climate wines, which visitors will begin to recognise as they taste their way through the region’s many cellar doors.

Not only can visitors buy direct from growers at local farmgates and cellar doors, the fortnightly Orange Farmers Market makes the perfect place to sample the flavours of the region. Grab a coffee and hearty bacon and egg roll and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful community event.

The town celebrates its diverse food and wine scene with numerous festivals throughout the year attracting visitors from across Australia, but none more popular than long-running Orange F.O.O.D Week. This ten-day autumnal feast features events such as a progressive eight-course degustation through the regions most scenic vistas. Similarly Orange Wine Festival is another highlight. Over two weeks in October the community unites to celebrate its unique viticulture and thriving wine industry with a packed program of inspired experiences and events.

For a thoroughly hands-on experience with the region’s local produce a number of cooking classes are available. Using local fare, learn to prepare delicious dishes from some of Australia’s top chefs and local producers. Or simply visit one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in the region, which pride themselves on menus packed with local produce.


Barrel and Larder School of Wine and Food

A custom designed cooking, function and presentation space where an intimate number of up to 12 guests can break bread and share wine around a big, welcoming kitchen table. Invite a group of friends or colleagues to learn everything from the intricacies of wine and food matching or tips on how to source the best regional produce by one of Orange’s revered local chefs or producers.

Colmar Estate

Colmar Estate is nestled in the highlands of Orange, one of the most picturesque parts of the region. At an elevation of 980 metres the vineyard enjoys a cool, continental climate that produces sparkling and white wines with rare purity, elegance and flavour. Riesling, pinot gris, gewurztraminer and chardonnay are all ideally suited to this special site.
Opening Hours
Daily 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Heifer Station Wines

Wine tasting in a 100 year old shearing shed on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Cool climate, high altitude wines. With respect for the earth and a whole lot of altitude the fruit does the talking - that's the Heifer Station way. Enjoy cheese boards and the petting zoo or book a tour or private picnic.
Opening Hours
Daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Philip Shaw Wines

Pioneers of unconventional tradition. Hand crafted wines of elegance and varietal distinction. Planted in 1989, Koomooloo vineyard is one of the highest and coolest in Australia. Visit the Cellar Door set off a 130 year old barn and journey through award winning cool climate wines of elegance by winemaker Daniel Shaw.
Opening Hours
Daily 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ross Hill Wines

Ross Hill Wines proudly holds the distinction of being Australia's first Climate Active carbon-neutral certified winery, leading the industry with its unwavering commitment to sustainability and excellence. The Cellar Door offers a warm and inviting space to explore and savour their award-winning wines.
Opening Hours
Daily 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Stockmans Ridge Wines

Developing a love of the bush and country developed through visiting school mate’s farms and travelling through France, Jonathan purchased his first farm just north of Bathurst and planted Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon. Learning through fellow farmers and plenty of trial and error, his first Shiraz was bottled in 2008.
Opening Hours
Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Swinging Bridge Wines

Swinging Bridge is a winery based around family, striving to produce wines of excellence that exhibit the unique provenance of the Orange region. From the estate’s position on the slopes surrounding Mount Canobolas (Gaahna Bulla), winemaker Tom Ward’s craft reflects his enduring passion for high altitude winemaking, with a focus on the region’s quintessential varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Opening Hours
Daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tamburlaine Organic Wines Millthorpe Cellar Door

Drink in the atmosphere with a visit to the Tamburlaine Organic Wines Cellar Door in the historic village of Millthorpe. Sample the exclusive range of organic wines and accompaniments in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Orange Wine Region.

The Peacock Room and Bela Vista Bar

The Peacock Room and Bela Vista Bar at The Oriana is a luxurious restaurant and retro chic cocktail bar featuring a classic European dining menu with a modern twist.
Opening Hours
Tuesday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm


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