Orange

Location: Three and a half hours’ drive west of Sydney. Orange is an ever-changing landscape. In autumn, the countryside is on fire with reds, yellows and oranges. In winter, it’ll be all about snow, open fires and red wine. Blossoms will appear in spring, then summer will see laden fruit trees and grapevines. In Australia, there’s no higher place to grow grapes than in Orange and this is why the area produces excellent cool-climate wines.

Wine

  • Belgravia wines – you can taste their wines at the Union Bank Wine Store. (cnr Sale and Byng streets, Orange. Cellar door open 7 days, 10-4).
  • Bloodwood vineyard – offers a wide range of top-quality selections. Appointments only but well worth a visit. (231 Griffin Rd, Orange, 02 6362 5631)
  • Canobolas-Smith Wines– the winemaker, Murray Smith, takes an artisanal approach to wine-making. No compromises are made at any stage of the process.  All fruit is picked in small batches at optimal ripeness and carefully sorted before processing. Only the finest French oak is used during maturation and flavour is retained as much as possible through minimal use of fining and filtration. A visit here is a must, especially for their sublime chardonnay!  {Boree Lane (off Cargo Road), Orange. Cellar door open on Saturday’s 11-5}.
  • Cargo Road Wines – this cellar door is full of art and personality. Make sure you try the dry-style gewürztraminer and the rich-flavoured zinfandel, a more unusual red wine for Australia. (1064 Cargo Road, Orange). Cellar door open Friday to Sunday 11-5).
  • De Salis Wines – De Salis boasts a cellar door that has some of the most breathtaking views in the region with equally impressive wines to match. (125 Mount Lofty Rd, Orange. Cellar door open Saturday and Sunday).
  • Mayfield Vineyard – visiting this estate, which is one of the highest and coolest in Australia, is a highly recommended personalised experience. (954 Icely Road, Orange. Cellar door open Wednesday to Sunday 10-4).
  • Phillip Shaw Wines – a good range of high quality wines. (45 Caldwell Lane, Orange. Cellar door open Saturday and Sunday from 12-5).
  • Printhie Wines – the printhie cellar door may not be the closest to town but it is is one of the most exciting developments in Orange in recent years. Also, the gardens at the estate are a tranquil place to spread out a picnic lunch. (489 Yuranigh Rd, Molong. Weekdays open 10-4, Saturday 12-4, closed on Sunday).
  • Rikard wines– specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Rikard wines are producers of tiny parcels of ultra-premium, hand- crafted wines from selected cool climate sites within the Orange wine region of NSW. (140 McLachlan Street, Orange).
  • Ross Hill Wines – also home of what is probably the highest vineyard in Australia thus producing elegant cool climate red and white wines. (134 Wallace Lane, Orange. Cellar door open 7 days, 11-5).
  • Rowlee wine– delicious, single vineyard wine made to convey a sense of place. (19 Lake Canobolas Rd, Orange. Cellar door open 7 days, 11-5).

Dine

  • Bills Beans/Factory espresso – great coffee plus fresh regional foods for breakfast and lunch. (133-137 Kite Street, Orange)  www.billsbeans.com.au
  • Bissy’s Café–  also on the hot list for a menu informed by the “zero food miles” principle. (88 Warrendine Street, Orange) http://bissyscafe.com.au/
  • Byng Street Local Store-  a boutique cafe, shop and private dining venue all rolled into one. (47 Byng St, Orange) byngstreet.com.au/
  • Charred– locals will tell you it’s the best restaurant in Orange, and if you’re looking for a shared-plate feast cooked in the wood-fired oven then charred is right up your alley. Dishing up the best of local produce, cracking Orange wines and an award-winning beer list to. Charred, not surprisingly, is an energy filled-evening done well. (1-5 New st, Orangehttps://www.charred.com.au/
  • Fiorini’s Ristorante Italiano – elegantly simple Italian fare, using the produce found in the local area. (816 Canobolas Rd, Orange. Sat & Sun 12-3, Fri & Sat 6pm-late.)
  • Lolli Redini – Oranges’ best fine diner. (48 Sale St, Orange)  lolliredini.com.au
  • Percy’s bar and kitchen– I haven’t had the chance to dine at this new restaurant but from their website, “Our food is made to share, using only a few ingredients our share plates show off the produce and let the food speak for itself”. (120 Summer Street, Orange) http://percysorange.com.au/
  • Racine Restaurant – another top class fine diner in a picturesque setting. Also visit their recently opened bakery in town. See the website for details. (42 Lake Canobolas Rd, Orange) www.racinerestaurant.com.au
  • Rocking Horse Lounge– run by a family of passionate foodies, the menu is shaped by the freshest and finest local produce and changes every few days. (211 Byng St, Orange)
  • Sweet Sour Salt– choose between the a la carte or banquet menus focusing on modern Asian cuisine. (116 Summer Street, Orange) www.sweetsoursalt.com.au/
  • ProvVista – great wood-fired pizzas. (129 Summer St, Orange).

Recline

  • Borrodell on the Mt – contemporary, boutique villas with two three-bedroom cottages. www.borrodell.com.au/accommodation
  • Cottage 79 –  www.cottage79.com.au
  • No 52 – a self serviced cottage. www.no52.com.au
  • The Edward Townhouses– walking distance from the centre of town, these beautifully fitted-out, self-contained town houses are well suited to a couple’s retreat or family weekend away. The well-equipped kitchen with five-burner gas stove and long wooden table is a prime spot for a weekend dinner party away (PH:0447 771 999)
  • De Russie Suites – a boutique self contained apartment hotel that is spacious, modern and stylish, with the option of a full kitchen. www.derussiehotels.com.au/orange.htm

Plus

  • Agrestic Grocer– four food-conscious locals have come together to make the Agrestic Grocer a perfect example of the best of Orange. Locally sourced produce is the hero at this cafe/restaurant/grocer on the outskirts of town. Badlands Brewery and The Second Mouse Cheese Company operate on-site, and its range of fresh produce and preserves from the area will impress you. Stock up on local honey, olive oil, ferments and preserves and organic fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and nuts (426 Molong Road, Orange).
  • Cooks Park – a beautiful park and a perfect spot to take time out or have a picnic. (Summer Street, Orange).
  • Ferment– ferment is a wine lovers’ tasting library of the best wines from the surrounding region, and a must for anyone looking to sample the local drop or expand their personal collection. Pick up a picnic hamper and a bicycle (both from Ferment) and roll down to Cook Park for a spot of lunch in the leafy heart of town. (87 Hill Street, Orange).
  • Orange Farmers Market – second Saturday of every month. Agricultural Pavilion, Orange Showground. (Leeds Parade, Orange)
  • A Slice of Orange – a store that promotes and supports Orange’s artisan producers. (Shop 2, 200 Anson St, Orange). 
  • Small Acres Cyder– producers of locally grown and locally made ciders.  (12 Akhurst Rd, Borenore). www.smallacrescyder.com.au/
  • EVENTS– F.O.O.D Week (6th April to 15th April 2018-  showcasing the producers, their products, the local chefs and restaurants that provide the region with its great reputation for fine food and wine). Flix in the Stix (www.flixinthestix.com.au/orange). Orange Wine Week (12th October to 21st October 2018).

 

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