One of the most important highlights of a wine region are its cellar doors. Cellar doors provide an instant connection with customers and the ability to sell wine to them without needing to rely on bottle shops or restaurants. With the Orange Wine Region growing and developing how does a cellar standout? It is no longer just about wine sales to the public. Cellar doors now have to offer dynamic tastings, options for families or even elements that are not directly wine orientated. Following are the cellar doors that do it very well:
De Salis are owners of a truly spectacular piece of land. Their cellar door located at the Lofty Vineyard is about 1050 meters above sea level. The views from the newly constructed deck overlooking the vineyard and the valley below are truly stunning. It is easy to see why the venue was listed as one of Gourmet Traveller Wine's top wine experiences. The view coupled with a brilliantly informative tasting from one of the Svenson family is a must.
Heifer Station offer one of the most unique experiences with an amazing petting zoo located at the cellar door. The zoo offers families the perfect spot to relax for a little while. Parents can stop and try a wonderful cheeseboard while the children are entertained by the farm animals. The cellar door is an old converted shearing shed, decorated and stylised by the brilliant Michelle Stivens, who has magically transformed the space in country chic without any pretentiousness. It is easy to see why Heifer Station recently received gold place finish in the NSW Tourism Awards.
Nashdale Lane has endeavoured in offering visitors to the region glamping. The Segger family offer beautiful cabins amongst the vines. The cabins offer an exclusive, personal stay for those looking for remoteness and tranquillity, yet balances it out with the all the creature comforts of modern living so you are never uncomfortable. The cellar door also now plays host to a comedy festival, known as the Grapes of Mirth, a day of laughs and wine.
The Robson family has achieved so much in the region over the past quarter of a century. Award winning wines and carbon neutrality have become everyday praises for the winery that has helped shaped the local wine industry. The Barrel and Larder, School of Food and Wine however is a wonderful recent endeavour from the family to help promote wine and food education in the region. Numerous chefs have held cooking classes at the winery to help those with a passion for cooking, increase their skills and knowledge in the kitchen.
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