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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.

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Their Cellar Door is located in the heart of the historic village of Millthorpe.

Open seven days a week, they love to meet people to share their passion and knowledge for the wines from the family vineyard.

They also change into a Tapas Wine Bar on Saturday nights from 5.30pm to 9pm, and for after work drinks and nibbles on Friday evenings to 7pm.

Their philosophies of small lot selection and hand management in vineyard and winery; use of native yeasts and enzymes; and slow maturation and natural cold stabilization in the second winter combine to extract every last bit of goodness that the ancient volcanic soils can provide. It takes two years from bud burst to bottle but the results are wines that have taste and texture.

Address

24 Victoria Street
Millthorpe

Classifications

Restaurant and Cafe, Wineries

Special Features

Alfresco/Outdoor Dining, Bar, Non Smoking, Suitable for Functions, Takeaway Available

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