Orange Wine Festival program launched at Farmer's market

FESTIVAL READY: Tony Spark, Hatty Crossing, Heidi Crossing and Justin Byrne gave market crowds a taste of what's to come in October. Photo: ALEX CROWE 0811acfest1
FESTIVAL READY: Tony Spark, Hatty Crossing, Heidi Crossing and Justin Byrne gave market crowds a taste of what's to come in October. Photo: ALEX CROWE 0811acfest1

With the first Winter Fire Festival wrapped up for the year, wine makers and growers now look ahead to Orange Wine Festival coming up in October.

Angullong Wines Heidi Crossing was at Orange Farmer’s Market on Saturday with her father Tony Spark and her mother-in-law Hatty Crossing.

The grape growing family handed out the first copies of the 2018 program which lists both favoured signature events and some not seen before.

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With Angullong Wines’ long lunch in Panuara a sell out in just hours, Mrs Crossing said she thinks people are attracted to vineyard experiences because they’re unique.

“People have an opportunity to meet the family,” she said.

“We welcome them into our homes.”

Strawhouse Wines Owner Justin Byrne said since the first Orange Wine Show, the festival has gone from strength to strength, which he puts down, in part, to the way local wine growers support one another.

“In wine terms we’re a very young region when compared to many places in Europe,” he said.

“We’re still growing and we’re growing together.”

VINE WALK: Visitors will get a taste of what makes the region so special at signature events and new dining experiences during Orange Wine Festival this Spring.

VINE WALK: Visitors will get a taste of what makes the region so special at signature events and new dining experiences during Orange Wine Festival this Spring.

Come October, Mr Byrne will work closely with his neighbours on Boree Lane to give guests an afternoon wander through his property as well as Stockmans Ridge, Boree Lane Wines and Carillion Vineyard while they sample the goods. 

This year, Orange Wine Festival will take place from October 12 to 21. Program online.

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