There comes a time in every wine lovers life when you must unapologetically clear your schedule to tantalise your taste buds with the regions finest grapes.
Next month with the smell of subtle berry tones in the air and the sound of swirling glasses echoing across the countryside, it's pretty clear that that time has now come my friends.
10 days. 90 events. 30 cellar doors. And a whole lotta grape fun. The Orange Wine Festival is back from 12 October until 21 October descending countless bottles of elegant produce and bottles in various locations across our town.
From vintage masterclasses, live music and tastings to workshops, feasts, picnics and markets, the array of events across the 10 day program is seriously impressive.
We've taken the liberty of rounding up some signature highlights, old and new, that will need a space in your calendar pronto.
Wine In The Vines - October 20.
Spring is a glorious time to be out drinking a glass of your favourite tipple while walking through the vineyard it came from. The ever popular Wine in the Vine held this year on October 20 is a chance to meet the makers and gather insight into some of Orange's best cool climate grapes. Jump on board the wine trail as your designated driver takes you on a trip with roving lunch and wines to match. Talk about going from vine to wine!
Book your tickets here.
Orange Show Tasting - 12 October
There are numerous tastings across the 10 day line-up but none quite like the Orange Wine Tasting Show at the Hotel Canobolas. If these wines were a hotel they'd be The Ritz overlooking Lake Tahoe: Award winning and with the highest of elegance and class. And guess what, you're all staying the night. Taste, judge and graze on local produce at this night-time affair hailed as this years 'not to be missed' event.
Book your evening tasting tickets here.
Orange Wine Festival Night Market - Friday 19 October
From vine to wine and from dawn to dusk, this wine festival has now got a dark side. Fifty stalls will sprawl across Robertson Park on Friday October 19 for a wine and food night market offering award winning cool climate wines from the Orange Wine Regional paired with the finest cuisine from clever chefs and cooks. This is all while relaxing to local music with great friends and family giving one big 'cheers' across long communal tables. No need to book, just rock up from 5:30pm with a gold coin donation in toe.
Vino Express - From 12 - 14 October and 19- 21 October
All abord the vino express train, first and only stop: Wine Town. Across two weekends, this exclusive deal is all about getting you up close and personal with premium wine and food experiences during the festival. The luxury, specially designed tour package runs across 3 days and promises to immerse its passengers into a complete introduction of amazing cool-climate wines and local delights. Hold onto your hats, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
Book your exclusive 3 day spot on the Vino Express tour here.
So kick back, enjoy a glass (or two) and allow yourself to be taken on a jam-packed culinary experience like no other.