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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.

Sisters Rock Restaurant

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On a glorious site, high above the bustling city and overlooking lush countryside, is Borrodell Vineyard, a country retreat amongst the grape vines - one of Australia's highest.

Borrodell Vineyard is nestled in the lee of Mount Canobolas on the slopes of the Towac Valley. It is an 84 acre vineyard, cherry, plum and heritage apple orchard and trufferie. Ten minutes from Orange and adjacent to Lake Canobolas, the rich volcanic soils and 1000 metre elevation ensures the best of cool climate wines and produce. The cellar door is open seven days for tasting the award-winning cool climate wines.

Accommodation available on the property includes two self-contained cottages set amongst the vineyard and the orchard, and two exclusive eco-suites designed for couples.

Sister’s Rock Restaurant is located at the top of Borrodell Vineyard, overlooking the Pinot Noir block.

Head Chef Richard Learmonth leads the Sister’s Rock Restaurant team. His passion for Borrodell’s local produce features in his menu, showcasing all the in-season delights from the orchard and surrounds. Their philosophy of food has developed around a love of the variety of produce grown on the estate and what’s available in regional Australia. Come and try his delicious cuisine for yourself.

Address

298 Lake Canobolas Road
Orange

Classifications

Restaurant and Cafe, Wineries

Special Features

Alfresco/Outdoor Dining, Bar, Carpark, Entertainment, Live Music, Suitable for Functions

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