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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.

Stockmans Ridge Wines

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Jonathan and Valerie run the family business of Stockman’s Ridge. Situated in the picturesque and colourful wine region of Orange along Cargo Road, Stockman's Ridge Wines produces premium cool climate wines. With the vineyard and Cellar Door sitting at an altitude of 800 metres. They are known for their large range of wines with common and rare varieties there is something for everyone.

The stunning tree lined driveway and new vineyards lead you to the relaxed and intimate Cellar Door and gardens where you'll discover wines that are a true expression of the unique qualities and character of the region. Wines with elegance and complexity as well as beautiful balance and length. Serious wine lovers will find much to absorb and lots to discuss with Jonathan or the experienced Cellar Door staff. Tastings are Free and Cheese platters are available.

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21 Boree Lane
Lidster

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Bar, Carpark, Coach Parking, Delivery available, Suitable for Functions

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