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What to do on a weekend away in Orange

With excellent restaurants and some of the finest wineries in the country, this New South Wales town is an ideal long-weekend destination.

By BTYB Orange 360
Drive 3½ hours west of Sydney and you'll find Orange, a regional town renowned for its cool-climate wines, fresh produce, heritage charm and friendly locals. Despite being impacted by the 2020 bushfire season and, more recently, hit with COVID-19 closures, the resilient region is now proudly open for business. Amidst the rolling hills are over 80 vineyards and nearly 40 cellar doors, fine food destinations, and some of the best food and wine festivals the country has to offer. Here, we've rounded up some of our favourite spots in this culinary paradise.

DRINK

Philip Shaw Wines

Set on one of the most immaculately presented properties in Orange, Philip Shaw Wines is a local favourite prized for its rich history. The cellar door, a converted 130-year-old bluestone barn, offers some of the most drinkable cool-climate wines in the region accompanied by morsels of food matched by the winemaker himself.
100 Shiralee Rd, Orange, philipshaw.com.au

De Salis Wines

There's a few reasons why De Salis Wines took out the title of this year's best cellar door in Orange at Gourmet Traveller Wine's 2020 awards. Along with its stellar sparklings and uber-complex chardonnays, it also boasts some of the most stunning views found in the region.
Lofty Vineyard 125 Mount Lofty Rd, Nashdale, Orange, desaliswines.com.au

Tamburlaine Organic Wines Millthorpe Cellar

It might be a newcomer to the Orange vineyard scene, but Tamburlaine Organic Wines Millthorpe Cellar is steeped in history. First established in 1966 in the Hunter region, the winery is famed for its award-winning organic, vegan-friendly, low sulphur and no added sulphur wines.
9 Pym St, Millthorpe, tamburlaine.com.au

Orange Wine Festival

Orange is one of Australia's most versatile and highest altitude wine-growing regions. The land holds rich volcanic soil that's prime for growing grape varieties such as shiraz and chardonnay. It's also why every October the town plays host to the Orange Wine Festival, a celebration of this emerging wine region's unique elevation and diversity. A must on any wine and food-lover's itinerary, this year's event has been extended to one month long and modified in line with COVID-19 restrictions while still providing a quality program of masterclasses, tastings, exhibitions and more.
• Ross Hill Wines Daily Winery Tours (Every Day)
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Ross Hill Wines, Australia's first and only NCOS-certified carbon neutral winery. In this educational meet-the-maker experience, you'll learn how Ross Hill grapes go from vine to wine and enjoy the fruits of their labour with a tasting after the tour.
• The Pilgrimage Of Elevation (October 10)
Wander through the vines at See Saw wine's three cool-climate vineyards where owner, viticulturist and wine maker Justin Jarrett will share his intimate experience of organic and sustainable winemaking, and explain the influence of elevation on his planting and wine making decisions. Following, enjoy a unique lunch in the atmospheric 120-year-old sheep shearing shed.
• Boree Lane Ramble (October 17)
Enjoy a leisurely spring stroll through some of Orange's finest vineyards including Boree Lane, Stockmans Ridge, Boree Lane Wines, Strawhouse and Carillion. Meet the winemakers and enjoy delicious local food with matching wines.
• Ten Years of Swift Sparkling (October 23)
Dress to the nines and enjoy a special evening celebrating 10 years of Swift Sparkling, considered one of Australia's best. Canapés by Racine will be matched to five sparkling wines, including a special new release.
• Rhododendrons of Brangayne (October 26)
Visit the Brangayne Cellar Door for a wine tasting, then wander through the magnificent 80-year-old Rhododendron Garden. A sight to behold in the springtime, the garden is open from the last Monday in October to the first Saturday in November.

EAT

Sister’s Rock Restaurant

Located at the top of Borrodell Vineyard, Sister's Rock Restaurant offers decadent dishes inspired by the region of Orange, with fresh produce and locally farmed meat and vegetables taking centre stage. If that's not enough to convince you, the sweeping vistas of the region definitely will.
298 Lake Canobolas Rd, Orange, borrodell.com.au

The Agrestic Grocer

Part grocer, part café, this unique venue also operates as a cellar door for the on-site Badlands Brewery. In-season fruits line the shelves, while the meals are fresh and ethically sourced. Come for the food, stay for the community atmosphere.
426 Molong Rd (Mitchell Highway), Orange, theagresticgrocer.com.au

Charred Kitchen & Bar

Serious food and relaxed dining is what you can expect from this lauded Orange eatery. A favourite amongst locals and visitors alike, be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment and prepare to be wow'ed by a global menu brought to life with local ingredients and an award-winning wine list. Charred have also partnered with Colmar Estate and Rikard Wines for two events during the Orange Wine Festival.
1-5 New Street, Orange, charred.com.au

STAY

De Russie Boutique Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Orange, just a stone's throw from the main thoroughfare. It prides itself on luxury, comfort and design, and features accommodation to suit even the most discerning traveller. Make no mistake though - it might be in the middle of the action, but it's a quiet, relaxing place to rest after a long day of vineyard-hopping.
72 Hill St, Orange, derussiehotels.com.au

Dragonfly Cottages

If you're really looking to get off the grid, it's worth checking out Dragonfly Cottages, just a 10-minute drive from Orange. The low-key abodes are minimal yet comfortable, and the hillside location makes for stunning sunrises and sunsets.
92 Heifer Station Lane, Orange, dragonflycottages.com.au

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