There’s something quite special about bud burst at Swinging Bridge. In fact, spring in general, as everything seems to come to life, turn green, white, pink and every other possible shade of colour all bearing the possibilities of vigor, a great harvest and of course, spectacular wine.
With COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease, and regional travel officially given the green light from June 1 we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the return of visitors to our favourite town than share with you our ideal day in Orange (or at least one of them)!
We hope you get the opportunity to experience a day like this in Orange sometime soon.
Each week we gather as a team to share a meal, and explore new wines. This beautiful dish was prepared by our Chef Simon Kalis at a staff lunch recently and was so delicious we had to share it. It is a hearty, homely meal perfect as we head into these colder months.
This delicious recipe comes from our resident chef, Simon Kalis. Simon made us this beautiful mushroom & gorgonzola fettucini for a staff lunch with mushrooms he had foraged the day before. It was just too delicious not to share!
Don’t worry though, you don’t need to have been foraging the forest floor for this recipe to be a success. What we do suggest is key to the perfect fettucini is a bottle (or two) of our Mrs Payten Chardonnay which pairs beautifully with this dish.
There’s a lot to be said for exploring a wine region with a bunch of friends – you can share the driving, keep the accommodation costs reasonable and, of course, bring your own party atmosphere to any venue. Orange is the ideal destination for group travel, as it not only offers a great range of places to stay, but also welcoming cellar doors, dining options and places of interest to visit. Just remember, it’s essential to book everything in advance if you’re part of a large group – breakfast, lunch, dinner, winery visits and other organised activities. Here are Swinging Bridge’s top tips for groups of six people or more.
This delicious recipe comes from one of our favourite local restaurants, Sweet Sour Salt. They’re renowned for their delicious Asian inspired meals, and this stuffed chicken wings recipe is always a winner.
This particular recipe is from their ‘Vineyard Collaborations’ menu, where they focus on local wine producers to showcase their wine alongside the food. Swinging Bridge is the current featured winery (September 2019).
Orange has developed a well-deserved reputation as a food and wine destination. There are a diverse range of restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets, discover our essential guide to eating like a local.
There are so many reasons to stay in Orange, whether for a weekend or a longer visit. Even before you start venturing out to the nearby wineries, orchards and surrounding countryside, this vibrant city in NSW’s Central West is a delightful place to explore.
When you’re planning any trip, it’s always good to get a local’s recommendation, so, here’s our pick of the best places to stay in and around Orange.
The quality of the wines in Orange is gaining momentum, more frequently recognised as one of Australia’s leading cool-climate winemaking regions. Discover why Orange is ideally positioned to take its place centre stage and learn more about the climate and terroir of our region.