Orange Food and Wine
For a delectable escape, the Orange region of NSW is perfect. You’ll enjoy wine tasting at cellar doors of acclaimed wineries, dining at quality restaurants, picking your own berries, touring orchards and tasting local gourmet delights, including cheeses, truffles, jams and even venison. And there is a delicious events calendar, too.
This beautiful region, with heritage streetscapes, gorgeous parks and a pretty countryside, enjoys an excellent reputation for fresh produce and cool-climate wines. There are more than 80 vineyards, with some on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, an extinct volcano near the vibrant city of Orange, named in honour of Prince William of Orange.
Chardonnay is the star of the whites and red varieties include a soft shiraz and exceptional merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Some of the well-known brands with cellar doors include Philip Shaw, Brangayne of Orange, Ross Hill, De Salis, and Angullong. Check out the food and drink listings for more cellar doors.
You can visit cellar doors directly or join tours. There are stylish wine bars too, such as Ferment – The Orange Wine Centre. Among the fine restaurants are the distinguished Lolli Redini, Racine and Tonic. With many apple orchards in the region, cider lovers will be delighted with scrumptious , which has a tasting room.
Some orchards and farms allow visitors and tours. Pick luscious berries at Huntley Berry Farm, browse the onsite shop at Hillside Orchards and tour Mandagery Venison Farm, with its Farm Kitchen offering lunches and cooking classes. You’ll find a great range of fresh local produce at the monthly Orange Farmers Market.
Providores and grocers such as A Slice of Orange and the Agrestic Grocer sell local delights, as well. The region celebrates with tasty festivals and agricultural shows during the year. Three popular festivals are Orange F.O.O.D Week and the Orange Apple Festival in autumn and the Orange Wine Festival is in spring.