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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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Racine Restaurant

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At Racine Restaurant, owners Shaun and Willa Arantz aim to provide the ultimate Orange experience, which is beautiful food sourced from as close to locally as possible from the abundant land that surrounds Orange. Racine is situated in a picturesque setting so typical of Orange: overlooking a vineyard on the foothills of the famous Mt Canobolas. It doesn’t get more ‘Orange’ than that!

Shaun, Willa and the team at the restaurant are committed to giving customers an amazing experience, good food, good wine and good service that creates a ‘flavour of the region’ in a sophisticated way. They have designed their menu in a way that encourages you to enjoy everything they offer, this is more than a place to just have a meal, this is a dining destination.

After all regional doesn’t have to mean rustic

Address

La Colline Vineyad
42 Lake Canobolas Road
Orange

Classifications

Restaurant and Cafe

Special Features

Alfresco/Outdoor Dining, Carpark, Suitable for Functions

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