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The Orange wine region in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia is famed for its sophisticated and elegant cool-climate wines, historic goldrush-era villages, incredible local artisans and fresh produce.

With more than 80 vineyards and 38 cellar doors, 42 cafes and 2 hatted restaurants, Orange is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting wine growing regions and foodie destination. 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.

The Orange region is known for its buttery Chardonnay, elegant Riesling, and deep flavoured Cabernet and Shiraz. However there are lots of new varietals being introduced and experimentation happening which is fun, and several of our vineyards are producing spectacular Sparklings and Rosé.

We encourage you to savour the region’s seasonal produce specialties, including: apples, cherries, figs, hazelnuts, chestnuts, olives, olive oil, quince, truffles, garlic, saffron, berries, artisanal cheeses, naturally-pastured chicken, grass-fed beef and lamb, hormone-free pork, as well as farmed venison and alpaca.

It’s a town for all seasons with blossoms in spring, sunny summers, glorious autumnal colours and snowy winters. Annual food and wine festivals are hosted here: Orange FOOD Week in April, Orange Winter Fire Festival in August and the Orange Wine Festival in October. There’s also a wide array of unique dining experiences starring fresh, local produce all year round – every week is food and wine week here in Orange!

Orange is just a scenic 3.5 hour drive from Sydney or 3 hours drive from Canberra, and direct flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Take a look at our Getting Here page for more details.


We specialise in creating unique packaged tour events that provide our guests with exclusive access to local experiences and an insider’s view into our glorious lifestyle here in the Australian countryside. Details of our annual tour events are below and are timed to coincide with our local food & wine festivals and public holiday periods.

We have also curated two bespoke itineraries for either 1 night/2 days or 2 nights/3 days if you’d like to join us in exploring the Orange wine region at other times of the year. Our Explore Regional Australia tour packages are available throughout the year, and we can also tailor itineraries and host private group tours on request.


The Vino Express is a 3-day carefully curated and hosted weekend tour package to the Orange Wine Festival, featuring a dedicated train carriage for our guests from Sydney to Orange across both weekends of the festival. Each weekend includes tickets to festival events, including the Orange Wine Show Tasting and Pilgrimage of Elevation on Weekend One; and the Festival Night Market and Wine in the Vines signature festival event on Weekend Two. Plus unique cellar door visits and local dining experiences and lots more!


We provide a bespoke itinerary concierge service for self-drive visitors to the Orange wine region who like doing their own thing, but who are seeking an insider’s view into what’s amazing about our sophisticated cool climate food and wine region.

Soak up the big blue country skies, great food and wine, dazzling sunsets and breathe in the fresh air. You’ll be refreshed and enlivened on your return home.

To request more information on our tailored itineraries, feel free to contact us and say hello.

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Local Food and Wine Experience Packages include:

  • Choose from a 1 or 2 night bespoke itinerary
  • Your choice of 5-star, 4-star or boutique accommodation
  • Bespoke itineraries focusing on local food and wine experiences
  • Farm Gate and local produce experiences
  • Wine-tastings, vineyard and cellar door visits
  • Explore historic goldrush-era villages
  • Options for balloon joy flights (available Autumn & Winter only), scenic helicopter flights and upmarket Tesla transfers
  • Every guest receives a Silver Compass Tours gift bag
  • We can additionally tailor itineraries to suit your preferences


We can put together tailored itineraries on request for couples or for small groups of friends.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

We can also take over an entire vineyard for larger groups and create special tour events for corporate conference groups.

Feel free to contact us and say hello.