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OCTOBER 14 – 30 2016

Program available early August 2016


The Orange Wine Festival is the region’s opportunity to celebrate the thriving wine industry and high-quality cool climate wines that are produced in the region. A two week program with over 80 events including some much loved favourites such as the Orange Wine Show Dinner, Orange Wine Show Tasting, Wine in the Vines and the Festival Night Market will be back on the menu in 2016, along with a fantastic range of events run by our producers and restaurateurs.



Jump on board the maiden voyage of The Vino Express to be part of the festival’s latest signature event. This is an exclusive and all-inclusive packaged weekend of premium wine and food experiences in Orange, including a ticket to the popular ‘Wine in the Vines’ festival event. Tickets are $850 per person, based on twinshare.


Departing Sydney Central Station to Orange on Friday 28 October and returning Sunday 30 October, your package includes – return Sydney/Orange train fare; sparkling Vino Express breakfast; 2 nights accommodation; transfers between railway station, accommodation and all venues; lunch at a signature restaurant on arrival; a behind-the-scenes wine tasting; dinner at a signature Orange restaurant; lunch in a winery; ticket to ‘Wine in the Vines’ event on Saturday 29 October – a journey of discovery around a number of the region’s cellar doors; a Bonfire BBQ at a local vineyard; and a wander through the charming and historic village of Millthorpe, with Sunday lunch at a local cafe.



PRE-REGISTER for Tickets to the Orange Wine Festival 2016

  • Tick all that apply. We will contact you when the tickets are going to be released so that you can purchase the quantity that you need!

Signature Events During the Festival


Orange Wine Show Tasting

Friday October 14

All the wines from the Orange Wine Show, including the trophy and medal winning wines, will be on show for you to taste and judge. Decide your favourites, see if you agree with the judges and vote in the people’s choice award. In between tasting, graze from generous platters of delicious local produce.
Sponsored by

Agricultural Pavilion Orange Showground
Time 5.30pm-8.30pm $50pp or $55pp with Spiegelau glass · 02 6360 1990 · Limited tickets available at the door


Orange Wine Show Tasting & Masterclass

Friday 14 October

Hosted by Will Rickard-Bell, local winemaker and director of the Chill Wine Co, this Masterclass will introduce you to the colour, aroma, taste and regional characteristics of Orange wines, why the Orange Region is so special, and how Orange is different to other regions around Australia and the world. Ticket includes both tasting entry and the Masterclass.

Williams Pavilion Orange Showground
Time 5.45pm or 7.30pm
$65pp or $70pp with Spiegelau glass · 02 6360 1990


The Finest Drop

Saturday 15 October

This year is the 20th anniversary of Orange being a certified wine region, and we’re throwing a party! Join us in the celebration of our cool climate wines in the Highland Heritage Estate helicopter hangar. Musical styling by Sydney DJ’s Cassette, Alice Q, Sam Francisco plus a very special guest. Local wine and food grazing stations. Dress Cocktail with a splash of Orange. Cheers to the finest drop!

Highland Heritage Estate
4968 Mitchell Hwy, Orange · 7pm-midnight ·
$150pp including wine/beer/cider, food and entertainment. Return buses available from Orange
Railway Station, $20pp extra

  Wine Central

Wine Central

Open Monday-Thursday, 14-30 October

During the festival all things wine can be found at Wine Central located at Union Bank, from tastings to winemaker discussions. Wine Central should be the first port of call for those looking to investigate and explore all things vinous in the region of Orange

Union Bank
Cnr Sale & Byng Street Orange
Time 5.30pm-7pm
Free event



Wine & Food Night Market

Friday 21 October

A wonderful family affair not to be missed. With over 60 stalls offering award winning wines from the Orange Wine Region. All paired with the finest cuisine prepared by our clever chefs and cooks, with a focus on the provenance of our local produce. Set in stunning Robertson Park, relax to the sound of local music with family and friends at long communal tables. Children’s catering and activities on site. Sponsored by the D’Aquino Group


Robertson Park McNamara St, Orange
Time: 5.30pm-9pm · Gold Coin Entry
Enquiries 02 6360 1990 

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All aboard The Vino Express

Friday 28 October

Jump on board the maiden voyage of The Vino Express to be part of the festival’s latest signature event. This is an exclusive and all-inclusive packaged weekend of premium wine and food experiences in Orange, including a ticket to the popular ‘Wine in the Vines’ festival event. Also includes 2 nights accommodation, sparkling Vino Express breakfast, behind-the-scenes wine tastings at cellar doors, local fine-dining experiences, a Bonfire BBQ and more.

Departs Central Station, Sydney
Friday 28 October, 7.18am
Returns Sunday 30 October, 8.44pm
Package cost $850pp twin share · For more information, phoneLucy George 0400 728 615



Wine in the Vines

Saturday 29 October

Meet the maker! Explore the wines of Orange without need for a Plan B. We’ll be your designated driver as you are introduced to local vignerons and given an exclusive insight into how some of Orange’s best coolclimate grapes go from vine to wine. Start with a light brunch, then board the bus and enjoy a roving lunch with matching wines throughout the region on this all-inclusive day trip! Ticket includes brunch, lunch, wine tastings, transfers and a bottle of the region’s best to takeaway.

Bus departs Union Bank
84 Byng St, Orange · Brunch 10.30am,
Buses depart 11.30am · $145pp
02 6360 1990 

Stories of Orange, NSW – meet our winegrowers

Philip Shaw from Philip Shaw Wines

Philip Shaw is recognised as one of the world’s leading winemakers, and is the former Head of Production / Winemaking for Rosemount and Southcorp Wines. Philip established his own vineyard in the Orange region in 1989. He searched Australia for years to find the best site in an emerging wine-growing region to make exceptional wines with flavour and finesse. The opportunity to pioneer and champion the region greatly appealed to Philip, and his belief in the Orange wine-growing region has been backed by numerous international awards.

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Justin Jarrett from See Saw Wines

A recognised pioneer of the Orange region’s viticulture industry, Justin is the proud owner of See Saw Wine – one of the region’s most successful biodynamic vineyards. He believes the phenomenal and growing success of Orange as an emerging food and wine destination has been in its promotion through events such as the Orange Wine Festival and Orange F.O.O.D Week. “Orange is a cosmopolitan region. If we all still can stick to improving our quality, delivering the truth of it, and working together the region will continue to leap ahead.”

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Charlie Svenson from De Salis Wines

Charlie’s love for wine meant he was habitually bending the ears of his friends about his passion – yet the move to winemaking seemed for Charlie, beyond him. “I was the beer brewer for the parties on campus, but craving to dabble in winemaking. When I turned 40, my mates gave me a barrel and told me to get on with it – make wine – they were sick of hearing about my viniferous dreams. We see ourselves as minimalist winemakers at De Salis – like a great chef who will choose the best produce in season and artistically develops the flavour, enhancing but not changing its uniqueness and regionality.”

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