Nestled in the heart of the Central West region of New South Wales lies a hidden gem for wine lovers — Orange. With rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, Orange’s wine region is a feast for the senses and has only recently made its way onto destination radars across the country. It might have something to do with the innovative cool climate wines and picturesque countryside they’ve kept close to the vest until now.
The cellar doors are a great place to learn about the art of winemaking or indulge in the region’s delicious local produce at charming cafes and farmers’ markets. Explore Orange’s unique terroir and winemaking heritage, and discover the magic that makes this region a must-visit destination for visitors of all ages.
If there is one winery you must visit, it’s Phillip Shaw Wines. This family-owned and operated winery produces award-winning cool climate wines, including chardonnay, pinot noir, and shiraz. Spend a few hours at the cellar door for a tasting before touring the property, including a behind-the-scenes peek of the operation. The onsite restaurant is also a popular spot.
Rowlee Wines didn’t begin in Orange, rather it all started in the Dalmatian wine country on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Nicole Samodol, the owner of Rowlee, brings her family’s knack for wine-making to this boutique winery, producing premium cool climate wines, including chardonnay, pinot noir, and cabernet franc. Visitors can buy a bottle of wine, a picnic basket and find a spot on the ground or enjoy a tasting at the cellar door.
Visitors can enjoy a relaxed and personalised tasting experience in Nashdale Lane’s cosy cellar door or take a guided tour of the vineyard and winery. Like most Orange wineries, this one produces cool climate wines, from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon. While wineries are usually a day visit activity, you can sleep on the winery, in a charming cottage or glamping tent.
Perched on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, De Salis Wines is a small family-owned winery that produces premium cool-climate wines. Their vineyard is planted with chardonnay, pinot noir, and sauvignon Blanc, among other varieties you can sample. Did we mention it’s rated as one of the best-tasting experiences in the region? Enjoy the flowing views over the valley with a glass of wine and good friends at sunset.
Visit the oldest winery in the region. The vineyard produces a range of award-winning wines, including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and tempranillo-with a focus on sustainability and traditional winemaking techniques. The onsite restaurant is a great place to park yourself for local produce and great wines. The winery also offers accommodation in their charming cottages, surrounded by vineyards and countryside.