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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.

Cumulus Vineyards

The Cumulus Vineyards Cellar Door is located at Ferment, The Orange Wine Centre in the heart of their hometown and is a hub for wine tourism in the region. Ferment has a number of excellent wines from the local region, paired with delicious local cheese and meat platters.
 
Opening Hours
Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 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 5:00 pm

Highland Heritage Cellar Door

Highland Heritage Cellar Door is open seven days. Highland Heritage vineyard is situated at 890 metres on rich basalt soils. The cool temperatures during most of the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grape growing.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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.

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 their vineyard enjoys a cool, continental climate that produces elegant Pinot Noir red wines and white wines with rare purity, elegance and flavour.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 12:00 am to 12:00 am
Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

Ferment the Orange Wine Centre

Housed in a carefully preserved heritage building, Ferment the Orange Wine Centre, has a sleek contemporary European interior emphatically announcing that the Orange wine scene has arrived.

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.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Nashdale Lane Wines Cellar Door

Enjoying panoramic vineyard and Mountain views Nashdale Lane Wines stunning cellar door is situated in an idyllic country setting, housed in a repurposed, iconic 70 year old apple packing shed.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday 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.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ross Hill Wines

Ross Hill Wines is a family run and sustainable operation established in 1994 by Peter and Terri Robson, with son James and his wife Chrissy now taking over the reins.
 
Opening Hours
Daily 10:30 am to 5:00 pm

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