The country comes to the coast for wine festival


Want a slice of Orange without having to travel 260km to the NSW town? Then head to Watsons Bay, Sydney, this Sunday.

The regional town, known for its cool-climate wines, will be on show as part of Aussie Wine Month for the annual Taste Orange Food and Wine Festival.

Wineries on board for this year’s festival include Rowlee Wines, Philip Shaw Wines, Ross Hill Wines, Tamburlaine Wines, Angullong Wines, Stockman’s Ridge Wines, Heifer Station Wines, Slow Wine Co, Logan Wines, Gilbert Family Wines, Small Acres Cyder/Badlands Brewery, Highland Heritage and Cargo Road Wines.

The wines of Orange are landing at Watsons Bay for a festival this Sunday. Photo supplied by Taste Orange.

Entry to the festival, at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel from 11am, is free. Tasting tickets at $40 per person are available online, offering 10 tasting tokens at $4 each plus a free branded glass to use throughout the event.

The month also features a series of wine masterclasses on May 11, 18 and 25. Each event will be led by a sommelier taking guests through the finest wines from the Orange region.

Located at the foot of extinct volcano Mt Canobolas in the central ranges of NSW, about 3.5 hours from Sydney, Orange has four distinct seasons and a fertile environment for growing a large range of food products.

The surrounding region is well known for its abundance of high-quality produce and, more recently, a growing wine industry with more than 40 cellar doors. Here’s a great chance to taste the region’s top drops in the bustling heart of Sydney.

Look out for Food Miles Mag at this event. We will be mingling.