The Orange Region is becoming increasingly well known for its range of innovative and elegant cool climate wines. During the NSW Wine Festival Tour of the Regions, leading Orange wineries have joined forces with two of the regions renowned chefs to bring together a long lunch. The idea is to showcase a selection of the best wines with the finest of the regions produce, prepared by two outstanding chefs, Tony Worland of Tonic and Shaun Arantz of Racine Restaurant.

Lunch will be held in Tonic restaurant’s function venue, The Old Picture Theatre Frapes built in the early 1900′s. Chef and owner Tony Worland has tastefully restored this building to reveal a sophisticated and elegant venue in the charming and historic village of Millthorpe.

March is an exciting time of year with the change of the season launching a busy time of year for most producers, with Vintage 2013 in full swing. The days are shorter and the nights cooler which makes for perfect ripening condition for many varieties that grow in this cool climate. It is also a great time to visit the region and experience what is on offer in this vibrant wine region.

The wineries that will be showcasing their wines are:





Highland Heritage


Philip Shaw

Ross Hill Wines

The two chefs have designed the menu and Tony and Shaun both agree that the quality of the regions wines are increasingly part of the reason for the regions prominence and sophistication in food and wine culture in Australia.

“Without good wines, delivering a high quality restaurant experience is very difficult. Here in Orange we are so lucky to have not only great produce but exceptional wines right on our door step,” said chef, Tony Worland.

Both Shaun and Tony recognise this importance on their wines lists. Both have numerous local wine producers on their list, and every year the local category grows.

This lunch promises to be a fun afternoon event with great food and wine. One of the great things about the Orange Wine region is that the camaraderie that exist between this group of producers. Throughout the afternoon you will hear from the winemakers with a few stories and few laughs – sounds pretty wonderful to me.


The Coolest Region Long Lunch

Sunday 17 March at 12.30pm

Cost $130: includes bus transportation from Orange, Canap├ęs and three courses

Bookings: T 02 6366 3811 | E