Bookings Now Open for 2018 Vino Express | Silver Compass Tours
One of the signature events of the Orange Wine Festival, the Vino Express is a 3-day curated luxury wine & food slow travel experience aimed at introducing sophisticated guests to the emerging cool climate Orange wine region.
Festival organisers, the Orange Region Vignerons Association (ORVA) have partnered once again with local food and wine tour operator, Silver Compass Tours, to present the 2018 Vino Express. This year for the first time, the Vino Express event will be held over both weekends of the festival.
“We were overwhelmed with interest last year from wine lovers across New South Wales keen to join the tour and find out more about the Orange wine region, and sold out over a month before the festival – with requests to join coming through even just a few days before the event,” says Kelly Picarazzi, Chief Experience Officer and Cofounder of Silver Compass Tours.
“It was really important to us to maintain the integrity of the event and keep it a sustainable size for everyone to enjoy (and fit into our cellar doors!), so we’ve expanded the format this year to have a Vino Express event across each of the festival weekends.”
Two unique itineraries for each weekend have been designed by Silver Compass Tours in collaboration with festival organisers, incorporating fantastic wine festival events, boutique cellar door visits and local fine-dining experiences. As well as plenty of opportunities to meet and chat with the region’s vignerons.
Both Vino Express weekend experiences include: train fare from Sydney to Orange in a dedicated Festival train carriage and return; Welcome Onboard breakfast of Prosecco piccolos & local pastries; a ‘Meet the Vigneron’ onboard event with introduction to the Orange wine region from a local winemaker and wine-tasting; 2 nights’ accommodation in the centrally-located Templar’s Mill hotel; daily breakfasts at local cafes; tickets to festival events; as well as additional boutique cellar door visits for wine-tastings.
In addition, each of the weekends features bespoke wine & food experiences and exclusive festival events.
Vino Express Weekend One, 12-14 October 2018: features a ticket to the Orange Wine Show and Tasting, a private Orange Wine Region masterclass, a ticket to the Pilgrimage of Elevation festival event (valued at $120 and an exclusive experience for Vino Express), plus two local fine-dining experiences.
Vino Express Weekend Two, 19-21 October 2018: features the Festival Night Market and a ticket to the signature festival event, Wine in the Vines (valued at $120, with an exclusive route for Vino Express), plus a five-star Sunday Brunch.
“We release tickets to our previous years’ guests and interest list members a week prior to the public, and interest is already high. Quite a few of guests from 2016 and 2017 are returning with groups of their friends, and we have had a tour group of ten people from Queensland sign-up to come and learn more about cool climate wine from Orange. So we are REALLY glad we’ve allowed for an extra weekend event, as we are more than 75% sold-out for Weekend Two already!” says Kelly.
For itinerary details and bookings visit the Vino Express page on the Silver Compass Tours website here >>
JOIN OUR INTEREST LIST FOR 2019
Can’t make it this year? Register your interest for the 2019 Vino Express here. We release tickets to our previous years’ guests and interest list members one week prior before they go on sale to the public.