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Orange Wine Festival Shines the Light on The Region’s Award-Winning Wines

August 26, 2017 Beverage No Comments Email Email
Orange celebrates its cool climate wines once again this spring with the 2017 Orange Wine Festival. Running from 13 – 22 October with 80 individual events, the festival is a showcase not only for the region’s vineyards and cellar doors, but also for the restaurants and produce for which the area is renowned.

Highlights include Wine in the Vines, a day-long wine discovery and roving lunch through vineyards and cellar doors; the Orange Wine Show, with tastings and masterclasses on regional characteristics; and the Wine and Food Night Market in Robertson Park, where more than 50 food and wine stallholders will showcase their wares. There are also indigenous cultural experiences, special dinners and lunches, food workshops, live music and family-friendly events.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said events such as the Orange Wine Festival offer visitors a unique opportunity to taste some of Australia’s best wines and fresh produce, while providing a boost to local economies.

“The Orange Wine Festival is proudly supported through our Flagship Event Fund which supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to become key tourism events by attracting overnight visitation,” Ms Chipchase said.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to the region once again this October for an event that will highlight Orange’s growing appeal as a leading NSW food and wine destination.”

The Vino Express, launched in 2016, is back again for the 2017 festival. The train, which departs from Central Station on Friday 20 October and returns on Sunday evening, is the easiest way to get to Orange to ensure a relaxed, stress-free weekend. The Vino Express package includes access to premium festival experiences, two nights accommodation, a sparkling wine breakfast and behind the scenes wine tastings as well as the Wine in the Vines experience.

Located in the Central West of NSW, Orange is a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney over the Blue Mountains. At an elevation of 600 to 1000 metres, it is the highest wine-growing region in Australia and is fast becoming known as the premier cool climate wine region of New South Wales.

As a result of the climate, soils and topography – the terroir – the region’s wines have a unique style, and many of them have received industry awards. Ross Hill, Cooks Lot, Carillion Wines, Colmar Estate and Philip Shaw Wines were recently awarded five stars (the highest accolade) in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion, while Montoro Shiraz and Colmar Riesling earned gold medals at the Sydney Royal Wine Show, and Twisted River Wines won best shiraz at the Boutique Wine Awards.

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