2016 Orange Wine Festival Program Launched

Uncork a cool-climate wine festival experience

Media release
Subscribe to VisitVineyards.com
Orange wine festival - night markets

Orange wine festival - night markets

Orange wine festival
Orange wine festival - night markets
Orange wine festival - night markets
Orange wine festival - night markets


Uncork an exceptional cool-climate wine festival experience with the 2016 Orange Wine Festival. Running from 14-30 October 2016, the Festival Program is now available online and signature events are open for booking. Fast becoming known as the premier cool climate wine region of New South Wales, Orange in the Central West is just a scenic 3.5 hour drive over the Blue Mountains from Sydney and a 3 hour drive from Canberra.

Now in its 17th year, the 2016 Orange Wine Festival is set to be an absolute corker - with two new signature festival events being introduced to the Festival Program, and a record number of 90+ satellite wine and food events hosted by local vineyards, cellar doors, wine bars, whiskey saloons, restaurants, cafes and tourism providers.

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the Orange Wine Festival has been supported for the last five years by Destination NSW, via its Regional Flagship Events Program.

“Orange is gaining a significant reputation as one of the premier ‘cool climate’ regions in Australia. The Orange Wine Festival is a vital platform for promoting the region in new national and international markets, and I encourage everyone to start planning their trip to Orange for this wonderful Regional Flagship event,” Mr Ayres said.

David Crawley Orange Wine Festival Chair said, “This year we’re celebrating 20 years of Orange being officially recognised as a wine-growing region and accorded formal cool climate status by the International Geographic Indicator Committee. That might not mean much to everyone, but what it does mean is that we’re a contemporary wine-growing region just starting to hit our stride, and it’s the perfect time to get to know us.”

There are plenty of opportunities for visitors new to the region and its cool-climate wines to get to know it better. Festival HQ, Wine Central will be held hosted at Union Bank Wine Bar, offering opportunities to drop in and get social with friends, meet the local winemakers and vignerons, as well as participate in free wine tastings and listen in on public winemaker discussions.

The Orange Wine Show Tasting is the festival opening event on Friday 14 October held at the Agricultural Pavilion at the Orange Showground. This event showcases all the wines that were entered for judging in the more formal Orange Wine Show, including the trophy and medal winners. This public wine tasting event is an opportunity for you and your friends to dive right into the cool-climate wine experience of Orange, compare notes against the judges, attend masterclasses, and enjoy live entertainment.

New to the festival program this year is The Finest Drop festival party in the Highland Heritage Estate helicopter hangar on Saturday 15 October. Featuring music styling by top Sydney DJs, the party atmosphere will be enhanced by local cool-climate wine and food grazing stations. Dress code for the event is Glam Cocktail with a splash of Orange.

The Wine & Food Night Market on Friday 21 October is always a family friendly event in Robertson Park under starry skies. Over 60 wine and food stalls showcase the very best of the region, and it’s the perfect taster to start your weekend festival experience.

The Vino Express is also new for 2016, and departs Friday 28 October from Sydney Central Station for an all-inclusive packaged festival experience - including accommodation, behind-the-scenes wine tastings, local fine-dining and participation in the much-loved ‘Wine in the Vines’ event. Ticket Package cost is $850 per person (based on twin share).

Explore the wines of Orange without the need for a Plan B, meet the wine-makers and visit the vineyards during Wine in the Vines on Saturday 29 October. This is a roving lunch with matching regional wines, as you follow the vine to wine journey, and hear the barrel to bottle story straight from the vignerons themselves.

Other festival program highlights include the Orange Wine Festival Vino Velo bike ride on Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 October, which will see participants cycle the picturesque Towac Valley stopping off at premium cellar doors on the way; picnic by the waterfall and play croquet and lawn games at Patina Wines; ponder the marvels of Morris Dancers at the Small Acres Cider Festival; and enjoy a Spring feast in the paddock with See Saw Wines at Mandagery Creek Venison farm.

Join eminent wine writer Peter Bourne for a sensory Riedel Glass Tasting at Ferment, the Orange Wine Centre; grab a seat On the Deck @ Sunset for De Salis Sparkles, with oysters and canapes and a floortalk from the winemaker; or catch a movie and dinner at the cellar door of Orange Mountain Wines, with the film hand-selected by local resident and well-known Australian producer and author Michael Caulfield.


All this and more awaits serious wine and food explorers during the 2016 Orange Wine Festival. Download the festival program, book your tickets and accommodation and start mapping out your Orange cool-climate wine odyssey. For more information can be found here www.orangewinefestival.com.au



  • Orange (NSW)

Our Recommendations

To see our recommendations, ratings and reviews you must be a logged-in subscriber.

To subscribe please enter your email address in the "Subscribe Now - it's Free" box on the right and click the "Join" button, or fill in this form >

August 29th, 2016
Subscribe today - it's free
Subscribe Button

Subscribe now - for news and reviews, our newsletter (optional), to join our forums, and more.

Enter your email address and click the Subscribe button. We respect your privacy.

Log in

Enter your username...

Enter your password...

Log In Button

Forgotten your password?


Kerry's corner - your free benefits


Mornington Peninsula (Vic): Peninsula Summer Music Festival - 1-10 Jan 2020

Jancis Robinson

This summer, the Mornington Peninsula will once again be filled with the sounds of world-class music at the annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival »