Five of the Best Cellar Doors to visit in Orange
The Orange region has well and truly established itself as a gourmet food and wine destination. Located less than four hours west of Sydney by car, it’s a foodie and wine lover’s paradise, ideal for a weekend getaway.
When it comes to winemaking, there are a number of factors that make Orange such a great region, including its elevation of 860m above sea level and associated cool climate. Additionally, the rich basalt soils from Mount Canobolas are ideal for grape growing. It’s a trifecta of conditions that have seen the region produce some outstanding Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blancs.
There are plenty of wineries to visit in Orange and below we’ve listed our top 5 picks along with an interactive map, so you can plan your cellar door visits right from your phone or desktop.
Here are our Top 5 wineries to visit in Orange.
Angullong is a one of the Orange region’s most awarded wineries. With a range of traditional and alternative varieties, this cool climate winegrower has repeatedly won acclaim with their wines.
Their attention to detail and quality is built on Angullong’s strong pastoral heritage. The Crossing family purchased the property in 1950, farming sheep and cattle and, since 1998, growing grapes.
The high elevation of the Orange region allows for long, cool ripening of the grapes that instils lovely natural acidity, which in turn supports the elegant fruit flavours.
The vineyards are situated on the fertile southern slopes of Orange at the foothills of the ancient volcano, Mount Canobolas. The cellar door is located in the nearby village of Millthorpe, in the beautiful blue stone stables on the corner of Park and Victoria Streets.
Corner Park & Victoria Street, Millthorpe
Open seven days 11am – 5pm
With a 5-star James Halliday rating, Cook Family Estate is a boutique winery producing premium cool climate wines.
Duncan Cook makes wines of distinction, complexity and elegance, exemplifying Orange terroir. Elevation is key, which is why the fruit is grown in vineyards of varying altitudes and soils.
Wines can be tasted at Ferment, the Orange Wine Centre, a modern European space in a preserved heritage building. Ferment’s state-of-the-art Enomatic wine dispenser allows you to sample a range of exceptional local wines, all of which are available for purchase. Plus, wines can be matched to cheese or salami boards.
87 Hill Street, Orange
Open Tue to Sat 11am –7pm. Sundays by appointment.
Swinging Bridge finds its strength in producing fine and elegant wines from the premium grapes in the cool climate, high elevation wine region of Orange.
Through the hard work and vision of winemaker Tom Ward and his wife Georgie, Swinging Bridge has evolved from its beginnings in 1995 to be a leading supplier of award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Nestled between vines and vistas at their Hill Park Vineyard on the Escort Way, their cellar door is not to be missed.
701 The Escort Way, Orange
Open Thursday to Monday 11am – 5pm. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment.
The Cellar Door vista at Highland Heritage is expansive, overlooking the Summer Hill Creek Valley towards the original “Wellwood” homestead that was constructed in the early 1840s. The Highland Heritage Estate vineyard was once a part of the original “Wellwood” run.
The knowledgeable staff at Highland Heritage and their warm welcome awaits you at their cellar door, located at the gateway of the Orange vineyards.
Highland Heritage’s award-winning wines, along with an eclectic range of dessert styles and fortifieds, are all available for tasting.
Elevate your senses while soaking up the unique atmosphere at Highland Heritage’s cellar door.
4968 Mitchell Highway, Orange
Open seven days 10am – 5pm
At Cumulus Wines embodies the spirit of Orange, Australia’s premier cool climate, high elevation wine region. Their goal, put simply, is the pursuit of happiness and they realise this by nurturing every step of the winemaking process from ‘bud to bottle’ and beyond.
Established in 1995, their vines are amongst the oldest in the region. At 508 hectares, they are the largest vineyard in the Orange and Central Ranges wine regions and one of the few dual appellation vineyards in Australia.
As one of the most awarded wineries in the region, their range of premium wines are fruit forward, easy drinking and created to be enjoyed with your favourite cuisine. Wine tastings available at Ferment, the Orange Wine Centre.
87 Hill Street, Orange
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am –7pm. Sundays by appointment.
Orange winery map
Planning a trip to Orange? Download our interactive Orange winery map. To save on your browser or device, click here.
And find out more about the Orange food and wine scene in our recent feature on the area.