PHOTOS: courtesy of Orange Region Vignerons Association
For the 2018 Orange Wine Festival, 12-21 October – now over two weekends!
Jump on board The Vino Express for exclusive access to premium wine and food experiences during the 2018 Orange Wine Festival. The Vino Express is a luxury 3-day curated slow travel experience package – and for the first time this event will be held over two separate weekends, with two very different and exclusive itineraries. Choose from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October OR Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October.
Both 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 a centrally-located hotel; daily breakfasts at local cafes; tickets to festival events; as well as additional boutique cellar door visits for wine-tastings.
All meals are inclusive in the package – except for the Saturday evening on both weekends, which allows guests to choose to attend a festival event or local restaurant for dinner (at own expense) and enjoy some free time to explore our charming country city.
PLUS EACH WEEKEND INCLUDES: the Orange Wine Festival events and local dining experiences outlined for each separate weekend below:
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October 2018*
In addition to the package inclusions listed above, Vino Express Weekend One features:
– Long Table Lunch in charming country venue
– Private Orange Region Wine Masterclass
– Ticket to Orange Wine Show
– Visit to Orange Region Farmers Markets
– Ticket to festival event – the Pilgrimage of Elevation (valued at $120) **Exclusive Vino Express event**
– 2 local fine-dining experiences
About the ‘Pilgrimage of Elevation’: The ‘pilgrimage’ is aimed at introducing wine aficionados and wine lovers to the concept of grape growing at varying elevations, and the effect this has on the flavour of the wines – even when part of the same vineyard, and grown and made by the same vigneron. Hosted by Justin Jarrett, See Saw Wines vigneron and President of the Orange Region Vignerons Association, we will be walking through each of Justin’s three vineyards with a wine-tasting at each and finishing with a grazing table lunch. This year’s event will be held exclusively for our Vino Express guests. You might like to read more about the ‘Pilgrimage of Elevation’ festival event here >>
Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October 2018*
In addition to the package inclusions listed above, Vino Express Weekend Two features:
– Long Table Lunch at a Premium Cellar Door
– Exclusive Boutique Wine Experience
– Ticket to Wine Festival Night Market
– Ticket to Signature Festival Event – Wine in the Vines (valued at $120) **Exclusive Vino Express route**
– Five-Star Sunday Brunch
$897 per person (based on double or twinshare). Fabulous Singles supplement also available for an additional $175 per person to secure your own room.
We open bookings as a priority to our previous years’ guests and members of our waitlist, a week before we publically release the tickets. Weekend Two is now already 90% sold-out, so you’ll need to be quick to reserve your place. There are still tickets available for Weekend One, and the itinerary is AWESOME 😍
Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions carefully.
*itineraries subject to change
You might like to read about our 2017 Vino Express adventure 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.
With 80 vineyards and 38 cellar doors, 42 cafes and 2 hatted restaurants, Orange is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s leading cool climate wine regions. Most vineyards are placed at unique high elevations and are producing remarkable and award-winning cool climate wines, and Orange is swiftly becoming known as a food and wine lover’s dream destination.
Wine Australia has recently declared the Orange region ‘Australian wine’s new flavour of the month’ :
“It’s fair to say that the [OrangeNSW] wine region and its wines are destined for big things. The refinement, elegance and balance these wineries routinely produce are just what consumers want and as the number of wineries grows, vines age and winemakers learn more about their sites, the sky’s the limit.”
UK wine writer, James Flewellen also believes that Orange is the hottest spot in cool-climate Australia.
ORANGE WINE FESTIVAL
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. The program with over 90 events includes much-loved favourites such as the Orange Wine Show Tasting, Wine in the Vines, The Vino Express and the Festival Night Market, along with a fantastic range of events run by our local wine producers, cellar doors and restaurateurs.
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WEEKEND ONE: 12-14 October 2018
FRIDAY 12 OCT:
Depart Sydney 7.14am
SATURDAY 13 OCT:
SUNDAY 14 OCT:
Depart Orange 4pm
WEEKEND TWO: 19-21 October 2018
FRIDAY 19 OCT:
Depart Sydney 7.14am
SATURDAY 20 OCT:
SUNDAY 21 OCT:
Depart Orange 4pm
*itineraries subject to changes