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Total chill out and fabulous wines in Orange (NSW)

February 2, 2010

Mayfield Vineyard, Photo by Simon

After the incredible New Year’s Eve in Sidney, we rented a car to explore the surroundings. We wished to see a little of Australian nature and countryside so we headed West, in the direction of the Blue Mountains. Our plan was to stay there at least a couple of days to explore a bit of the National Park and have some hikes. Bad luck! Apart from the first afternoon, that let us enjoy a glimpse of the scenery’s beauties, the weather was awful! Foggy, rainy and cold… Wasn’t it supposed to be Summertime?

The following morning we thus decided to move further and we headed towards Orange… Why Orange? Stefano and I made it very simple: if it’s raining also over there, we’ll solace with a good bottle of wine. Yes, because Orange is famous for great food (apples, stone fruit, berries, beef, lamb and venison) and excellent wines.

Grapes today... tomorrow a good fresh wine, Photo by Simon

Everything turned soon well very. The sun peeped out and the countryside looked gorgeous.

We first stopped for lunch and some wine tasting at Union Bank wine bar, a lovely place that has just been awarded ‘Best Regional Wine List’ in the Sydney Morning Herald’s 2010 Good Food Guide awards. As we were looking for an accommodation in the countryside, we’ve been very well advised at Union Bank and found a cottage for rent at Mayfield Wineyard.

Gosh! That was really paradise! Imagine a white cottage immersed in a beautiful countryside. In front of the cottage the garden – where gooses stroll peacefully -, a little pond and the hills designed by the vineyard.

So relaxing... Photo by Simon

Imagine a beautiful and huge cottage (large living-room with fireplace, 3 bedrooms) where you are welcomed by a good bottle of local white wine, having a drink in the garden and enjoying sunset. I wished I was the landlady… 🙂


Take Care, Photo by Simon

The days we spent in Orange were pure and total chill out. Nice walks in the vineyards, sitting in the garden and reading a good book, some good food and wine tasting (our favorite was Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc 2007).

Total chill out, Photo by Simon

A pity that we could not have dinner at Lolli Redini, celebrated as one of the best Restaurants in Australia. It was closed the days we spent in Orange, so it will be a good excuse for another visit (Ehm… more than 10,000 miles for a good dinner might be a little too ambitious…).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2010 1:31 am

    yes, i love it when lousy weather takes a turn for the better .. and also , a closed restaurant is always a great reason to re-visit! LOL. My favourite photo is ‘the totally chill out’ one. Lounging is a delightful past time esp surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a good bottle of wine!

    • waitinginthedark permalink*
      March 21, 2010 10:39 am

      Ehm… The ‘total chillout’ photo is also the favorite of my friend Stefano… 🙂 How I miss those fabulous days…

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