I know Ms Darlinghurst rarely leaves the east-side bubble so when I told her I was heading to Orange for a girls weekend away I wasn’t surprised she asked me to share tales of the outside world on Eat Drink Play.
Now I know upon initial thoughts Orange isn’t the usual place people think of for a fun weekend away. But I think Orange is the new Hunter Valley…in fact it’s better!
Don’t be put off by the minus temperatures in winter. Orange is bursting with great food, friendly people and some of the best wine Australia has to offer.
Despite it’s name Orange is in fact well known for its apples and cherries. It’s also known for it’s excellent wine and cozy hospitality. We stayed at a place called Cole House that was modern and most importantly heated.
We dined at one of the recommended hatted restaurants in town Lolli Redini. (I have included some pictures for your culinary pleasure and hope they don’t make you mouth water too much). I had the cheese soufflé for entree followed by the duck breast with truffle risotto for my main. These were matched with some beautiful wines from the local region.
Bellies still full from Friday night’s meal, we were picked up early on Saturday morning by Greg from Simmo’s tours. Piling into a 4WD we were shown the sights of Orange and most importantly…the wineries.
As we soon discovered, the main difference from other wine regions is the pouring sizes at Orange wineries. They are most generous and here you’ll be sampling at least 8 wines instead of the usual 4! May I suggest you eat a big breakfast before the tour?
We visited 5 wineries in total and had the chance to meet the wine makers in person. Meeting the likes of Phillip Shaw from Phillip Shaw Wines really added to the authentic experience.
So next time you’re planning a weekend away, head 3.5 hours out of Sydney, take the scenic route through the blue mountains and stay in Orange.