Wine lovers, it’s time to start planning your itinerary for the Orange Wine Festival.
After dabbling in Orange’s fine wine, food and culture over at Martin Place for the Taste Orange @ Sydney festival, you’ve no doubt garnered a taste for more. The Orange Wine Festival will be held over October 14th – 30th and will be a celebration of Orange’s thriving wine industry, showcasing not only a huge range of their high quality cool climate wines but also over 90 exciting events for vino lovers alike.
The scenic, three hour drive from Sydney will lead you to hundreds of other passionate wine enthusiasts all ready to partake in a festival packed to the brim with wine based events. From visits to Orange’s restaurants, thriving vineyards, cellars, bars and cafes, there’ll be something for every vino pilgrim. Here are some of our top picks for the festival.
Orange Wine Show and Masterclass
If you’ve ever been told that you have a palette for wine, then this is the event for you. The Orange Wine Show and Masterclass is the perfect blend of judging and people watching. Sip on trophy and medal winning wines while grazing through generous platters of local produce. Meet with other aficionados and judge the wine to your liking.
Local winemaker Will Rickard-Bell will host the evening and will enlighten your senses to the unique tastes, colours and aromas of Orange wines from the Orange region.
Orange Wine Show and Masterclass.
Agricultural Pavilion Orange Showground
Friday October 14th, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Tickets $50 pp
The Finest Drop
We’re sure most of us can agree that drinks and dancing go hand in hand. To celebrate 20 years of Orange being a certified wine region, a party has been added to the festival agenda! Dance the night away to the musical stylings of Sydney DJ’s Cassette, Alice Q, Sam Francisco plus a secret special guest. When you’ve worn out the dance floor indulge in local wine and food stations. Make sure you dress up, the dress code is cocktail with a little splash of orange.
The Finest Drop.
Highland Heritage Estate, 4960 Mitchell Highway, Orange
Saturday October 15th, 7.00pm-midnight
Tickets $150 pp (includes wine/beer/cider, food and entertainment)
Wine and Food Night Market
The Orange Wine Festival isn’t just for wine. Make the trip a family affair with the huge Wine and Food Night Market. Peruse over 60 stalls dedicated to award winning wines and their counterpart dishes, prepared by some of Orange’s best local cooks and chefs. Join family, friends and other foodies at the long communal tables while kicking back to the sounds of relaxing, local music. And when the kids get restless, send them off to their own catering and activities while you educate yourself on the local wines on offer.
Wine and Food Night Market.
Robertson Park, McNamara Street, Orange
02 6360 1990
Friday 21st October, 5.30pm-9.00pm
Entry by gold coin
Wine in the Vines
Go behind the scenes at the Orange Wine Festival with Wine in the Vines and find out more about how your favourite tipple goes from the vine to the wine. You’ll get to start with a light brunch before you hop aboard the bus to meet the makers. Explore the beautiful vineyards of Orange and get to know the hard workers who strive for quality. You’ll also get to enjoy a delicious lunch with wines to match on this all inclusive day trip. Go behind the bottle and you’ll be amazed with the effort that goes into these first rate wines.
Wine in the Vines.
84 Byng Street, Orange
02 6360 1990
Saturday October 29th, brunch at 10.30am, bus departs at 11.30am
Tickets $145 pp (includes brunch, lunch, wine tastings, transfers and a bottle of the regions best to takeaway)
All Aboard the Vino Express
The pièce de résistance of the Orange Wine Festival is a trip on the Vino Express. The festival’s latest signature event is a premium wine and food experience, showcasing all the best Orange has to offer plus a ticket to Wine in the Vines. It’ll be two huge days and two big nights of sips and nibbles. The ticket to the event will include: trips to and from Sydney plus all transfers, two nights accomodation (based on twin share), lunch at Cargo Road Winery, behind the scenes wine tasting at Small Acres Cyder, dinner at Stepping Stone Restaurant, BBQ and drinks around a fire at Philip Shaw, a ticket to the Wine in the Vines event, morning tea at Highland Heritage and Sunday lunch at Millthorpe.
If you want to pack a lot into a short amount of time or just want to get the most out the Orange Wine Festival this year, the Vino Express is your answer.
All Aboard the Vino Express.
(Departs) Central Station, Sydney
0400 728 615
Departs Friday 28th October, 7.18am
Returns Sunday 30th October, 8.44pm
Tickets $850 pp (twin share, all inclusive)
This is just a small taste of what this epic event has to offer. Be sure to have a gander at the festivals official program to discover all the tours, tastings, walks and lunches that’ll be offered over the festival. If you’re not an expert in Orange’s cool climate wines, local produce and exciting culture by the end of the two weeks, we don’t know who will be.
Orange Wine Festival.
October 14th-30th 2016