Six reasons to crush on Orange

The future of Orange is bright as the town prepares for its annual Orange Wine Festival to be held from October 12-21. From a three-day wine getaway via train from Sydney to the full-day roving food and wine tour dubbed Wine in the Vines, it’s a great time to visit NSW’s Central West. Here are six reasons you need to crush on Orange right now.

Nashdale Lane Glamping, Things to do in Orange

Nashdale Lane Glamping
Luxury glamping is now available at Nashdale Lane, a family-owned and run vineyard and winery in Orange. The glampsite features just two cabins, surrounded by orchards and olive groves, overlooking Mt Canobolas, set 900m above sea level. Flashpackers will appreciate the tent’s four-poster queen bed, monsoon shower, designer kitchen, BBQ facilities, and large deck with a fire pit. All bookings include a regional breakfast hamper, complimentary bottle of wine, and pantry stocked with local produce.

Barrel and Larder, Orange Wines, Orange Wineries, Things to do in Orange, Orange Wine festival

Barrel & Larder
Ross Hill Wines – Australia’s only Federal Government-certified carbon-neutral winery – has opened a new school of wine and food, called Barrel & Larder. Housed in Ross Hill’s new-look cellar door, the cooking school runs a program of intimate cooking classes for up to 12 people, led by chefs from around Orange and Australia. The interactive classes conclude with dinner paired with wine enjoyed around the kitchen table. 

Montoro Wines, Visit Orange, Orange Wine Festival

Montoro Wines
Montoro Wines is the first winery outside the Orange CBD as you head out on Cargo Road. The boutique winery opened its new cellar door in December 2017 and it is a glam new addition to the country town. The building is an architectural beauty with a striking oversized steel roof and blackened timber and glass,  housing Montoro’s tasting room. Resident dog Toby can often be found hanging out at the cellar door. 

Charred Kitchen and Bar, Best restaurants in Orange

Charred Kitchen and Bar
Charred is one of the newest dining options in the Orange CBD, sporting a relaxed atmosphere and a menu of dishes featuring local produce and cooked using a “Lucifer” wood and charcoal oven (hence the name ‘Charred’. Charred also has an impressive list of more than 400 wines and more than 100 beers – which has seen Charred manager and sommelier David Collins win Gourmet Traveller’s Wine’s Best Beer List Award in 2017, and Readers’ Choice Award in 2018.

Swinging Bridge Wines, Vineyards in Orange, What to do in Orange

Swinging Bridge Wines
Awarded Star Cellar Door in this year’s Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Best Cellar Doors, Swinging Bridge Wines cellar door was relocated from Canowindra to Orange, just 7 km from the city centre. The winery was established in 1995 by the Ward and Payten families, and in 2008 Tom and Georgie Ward took the helm, evolving Swinging Bridge into one of Orange’s best wineries. 

Word of Mouth Wines, Vineyards in Orange

Word of Mouth Wines
Located on one of the highest and coolest sites in Orange, Word of Mouth Wines now fuses wine and art, introducing a new Ceramics Studio to its facilities, offering ceramics workshops and classes, 1000m above sea level. The facility saw Word of Mouth recognised in Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Best Cellar Doors 2018 for Best Additional Experience.

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