For a food and wine holiday you will never forget, make Orange your next getaway. Perfect for romantic couples, travelling friends or the entire family, there's something to eat and drink in Orange for any taste. On top of that, this picture-perfect city is blessed with warm, dry summers and is just a short flight from spectacular Sydney, located nearby the famous town of Bathurst and the 'City of Smiles', Dubbo.
What to drink in Orange
Dotted about the beautiful countryside of Orange is a fantastic range of world-class wineries. Each offers their own unique flavour, personality and experience for any budding wine connoisseur to come and explore.
Start with De Salis Wines, just 15 minutes from the city centre. De Salis is a family-owned winery located at an altitude of 1,050 metres on the northern slope of Mt. Canobolas. They offer a cellar door to sample their exquisite Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs any day of the week from 11am to 5pm.
Next move on to the cellar door of Angullong Wines, just 20 minutes south of Orange. Angullong offer three ranges of wine, all with their own alluring qualities and created using the finest local grapes. There is also the award-winning Ross Hill winery, Moody's Wines, Stockman's Ridge and plenty, plenty more.
If you can't decide where to visit, however, book onto an unmissable wine tour with Orange Wine Tours. They offer educational tours, tasting tours, lunch tours or a completely customised adventure for the true wine explorer.
What to eat in Orange
Situated along Sale Street, easy walking distance from central Orange, is the French and Italian-inspired restaurant, Lolli Redini. This refined dining establishment has garnered a strong following amongst the locals thanks to a seasonal, fresh and locally sourced menu. Also centrally located is the family-friendly Irish pub, Biddy Walsh's. From Tuesdays to Sundays, come along to enjoy a classic Irish experience whilst dining on good old fashioned bangers and mash, beef and Guinness pies or any of their other belly-warming meals.
However, if you visit Orange during April then you will be lucky enough to take part in the annual FOOD (Food of Orange District) Week. Amongst the bustling activity of this fantastic festival you will be able to see cooking demonstrations, sample a plethora of local food, go on a farm gate tour, watch a cabaret musical performance and wander through a massive Night Market. The very best cuisine that Orange has to offer comes together at this time so it's well worth the visit.
Accommodation in Orange
An easy three-minute drive southeast of the city centre is one of the finest hotels in Orange, the ibis Styles Orange. With affordable rates starting at around $125 per night, this Orange hotel has 50 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms to browse through with your choice of bed size. As you can expect from such a food-friendly region, the ibis Styles also has its own on-site restaurant ready to serve you a delicious breakfast or homely meal, any day of the week.