THE 27 guests on the Vino Express won't have to rely on a plan B this weekend when they enjoy the tail end of what has been a bumper Orange Wine Festival.
They arrived in Orange from Sydney on Friday afternoon before boarding a bus bound for Borrodell, Swinging Bridge and the night markets.
For many of the guests, it was not their first trip to Orange.
Among them were Julie Masterton and Kay Krensel, who have attended the wine festival before several times.
If you live by the beach, it's fantastic to come to the country.Charles Guillam
"But we hadn't done the Vino Express - it's a different experience," Ms Masterton said.
"We're looking forward to seeing the wineries and the fine dining."
For Charles Guillam, it was his second trip on the Vino Express and he had also been a guest at Forage during FOOD Week.
He said the good food, wine and company kept him coming back.
"If you live by the beach, it's fantastic to come to the country and Orange in great in all seasons," he said.
Entertaining the guests on the train was Cumulus Wines' Sam Beck, who brought three chardonnays and three shirazes to try and admitted pouring wine on a moving train was a challenge.
"I didn't spill any wine on anyone," he said.
"They were really engaged, they wanted to hear the stories of the vineyards and wineries."
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