The Vino Express October 2019 ⋆ Silver Compass Tours

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For the 2019 Orange Wine Festival in October. Presented in partnership with the Orange Region Vignerons Association


We release tickets to our previous years’ guests and interest list members before they go on sale to the public. Register your interest for the 2019 Vino Express here >>


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:

Vino Express Weekend One

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 exclusive festival event – the Pilgrimage of Elevation (valued at $120) **Exclusive Vino Express event**
– 2 local dining experiences – a Supper Club and Swift Sparkling & Oyster Picnic, plus a local cellar door visit

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 >>

Vino Express Weekend Two

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 plus food & wine vouchers
– Ticket to Signature Festival Event – Wine in the Vines (valued at $120) **Exclusive Vino Express route**
– Sparkling Sunday Breakfast & Historic House Tour, 100 Mile Lunch & Wine Tasting, plus 2x cellar door visits

You might like to read about our 2017 Vino Express adventure here


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.

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.

Soak up the big blue country skies, share great food and wine, and take the time to get acquainted with one of Australia’s most exciting wine regions.

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Package includes:

  • Sydney to Orange return train fare in dedicated train carriage
  • '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 4 star venue
  • All tours and transfers within the itinerary
  • Most meals, including all breakfast & lunches and daily cafe breakfasts
  • Tickets to festival events
  • Exclusive and private wine experiences
  • Local dining experiences
  • Additional boutique cellar door visits for wine-tastings


2018 Itineraries:



Depart Sydney 7.14am

  • Pastries & Prosecco Piccolos
  • Meet the Vigneron wine tasting
  • Long Table Lunch
  • Orange Wine Region Masterclass
  • Orange Wine Show [festival event]


  • Orange Farmers Markets
  • Boree Lane Ramble [festival event]


  • Sparkling Breakfast
  • Pilgrimage of Elevation – wine tasting through three vineyards at different elevations [private festival event]

Depart Orange 4pm




Depart Sydney 7.14am

  • Pastries & Prosecco Piccolos
  • Meet the Vigneron wine tasting
  • Long Table Lunch
  • Boutique Wine Experience
  • Wine Festival Night Market [festival event]


  • Sparkling Breakfast
  • Wine in the Vines – progressive food & wine tasting at 3 cellar doors [festival event]
  • Free Evening


  • Sparkling Breakfast
  • Cellar Door Visits x2
  • 100 Mile Lunch & Wine Tasting

Depart Orange 4pm


*itineraries are subject to change