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Orange is renowned for its award-winning restaurants and wineries, picturesque countryside, local produce and boutique shops. It's the perfect place for a quick weekend break and the ultimate destination for a romantic couples getaway. In Orange we get the full four seasons: lush springs, mild summers, crisp autumns and chilly winters. Our cooler winter months are what makes this place unique. It's why the cool-climate wine that comes out of Orange is outstanding and causes a stir with sommeliers and wine lovers worldwide. But the cold isn't only good for producing excellent wines; here are 5 reasons to visit Orange NSW in winter.

1. The snow!

Ask any local, and you will hear that the reward for the cold is the snow. There is something so serene about the moment it begins to snow. The silence that comes as the tiny snowflakes gently fall to the ground is extraordinary. Or the feeling of waking up and looking out the window to discover a thick sheet of white powder obscuring the landscape; it's a moment you need to live through. If you've never experienced this, there's always a chance a weekend away in Orange in winter could be your fate.

2. Snuggling up by the fire

There's something extra special about stoking up the fire when the wind is blowing outside. Snuggling up with a warm blanket is even more enticing when you are watching the rain from the safety of the lounge. Visiting Orange in winter means this could be you. Imagine you are tucked up, looking out over some of the best views in the region, away from the hustle and bustle, a moment of complete relaxation.

3. Cosy winter fashion

The average temperature of Orange during winter is around 5 degrees Celsius but don't let that scare you off; see it as the perfect opportunity to make the most of your winter wardrobe. That means cracking out your scarves, popping on a beanie and wrapping yourself up in a warm coat. And if you haven't got the winter essentials or maybe you just fancy a shop, we have the best local boutiques that have lots of goodies to make your trip more enjoyable. Some of our favourites are Blowes Clothing, Hartfords Menswear, Jumbled, Cint Boutique, Bobbies Clothing and Hawkes General Store.

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4. The Orange Winter Fire Festival

You may have heard of the Orange Wine Festival or F.O.O.D. Week, but have you heard of the Orange Winter Fire Festival? The annual Winter Fire Festival is a great chance to experience an Orange winter through events run over the festival. The event showcases the best of winter with a market in Millthorpe complete with mulled wine and unique experiences offered by local producers, wineries and restaurants. There is even the chance to picnic by a firepit and enjoy delicious winter-inspired meals by renowned local chefs.

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5. Clear skies for stargazing

For the ultimate unique experience, we suggest stargazing! It may seem a little crazy to pry yourself away from the warmth of the fire, but the fantastic sights will make it all worthwhile. Why not make the most of being out of the city to experience the Milky Way like you never have? You can book a private stargazing experience at Basalt - just give us a call!

These 5 reasons to visit Orange NSW in Winter are the tip of the iceberg! Jump over to our booking page and lock in your visit to Orange this winter.


Racine Grazing Box

Racine Orange

Award winning chef  Shaun Arantz and his wife Willa created something special in Orange when they opened their modest little bakery within a sourdough’s throw of Woolworths in the heart of Orange. After closing their hatted restaurant of the same name, they poured their heart & soul into baking goods that made people feel good. It didn’t take long before Racine Bakery became THE ONLY place to get your freshly baked sourdough, croissants, pastries, muffins, cakes and coffee (their Vanilla Slice is mind blowing!). Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Racine started offering Grazing Boxes!

So while a visit to Racine during your stay at Basalt is a must, we felt that being able to have a pre-prepared Racine Grazing Box in your fridge awaiting your arrival would be the icing on the cake. Enjoy!


Rikard Riesling

Rikard Riesling

Nose shows lime blossom, jasmine and preserved lemon first, followed by a slatey minerality, some fennel and a slight mealy, biscuity character. Lime and green apple on the palate are overlaid with nettles and green apricot. The acid structure is juicy without being tart and carries the abundance of fruit well. Lovely balance and intensity, with a myriad of spices popping up and then retreating with each sip.

Swinging Bridge “Mrs Payten” Chardonnay

Swinging Bridge Chardonnay

As was Mrs Payten, Tom’s grandmother, these are wines of style, elegance and finesse. This Chardonnay was first released to celebrate Armah’s 90th Birthday in 2013 and was matured in tightly grained French Oak, balancing its rich stone fruit and grapefruit characters. With its depth of flavour, flintiness and natural, cool climate acidity, this is a wine thatwill reward cellaring.

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

Macquariedale Pinot Gris

These grapes were hand harvested from a sustainable grown vineyard on the northern slopes of Mount Canobolas at 860m. The wine exhibits delicate floral aromas of citrus and orange blossom. The palate has lime zest overtones and has a hint of residual grape sugar.

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Pinot Noir

De Salis Estate Pinot Noir with a lively nose of Orange Citrus, Raspberry Liquorice and Pork and Fennel sausage. A fine textured palate of Sour Cherry, White Strawberry backed up with an underlying earthiness of Portobello Mushroom and spice and lingering Campari finish.

Philip Shaw “The Idiot” Shiraz

Philip Shaw Shiraz

The Idiot is dark purple hue. Dark plums with hints spice ranging from cinnamon to white pepper. Its undeniably cool climate shiraz with mid palate tannin and a fine finish with toasted vanilla oak. Enjoy now or cellar for the next 5 years. Ideal accompaniment with friends and BBQ.

ChaLou “Dreaded Friend” Rose

ChaLou Dreaded Friend Rose

Quince and Rasberry with rose water lift. Bright refreshing palate with savoury elements and dry finish.





Sweet Sour Salt

Located in the heart of Orange, Sweet Sour Salt is a modern Asian fusion restaurant which has grown to become one of the region’s favourite dining establishments over the past 15 years.  Owner and chef Ivan Podres and his team regularly surprise and delight with their unique flavour blends.

Basalt has teamed up with Sweet Sour Salt to enable our guests to make the most of the amazing in-studio dining experience without worrying about what to cook. We’ve selected the 6 most popular dishes on the Sweet Sour Salt menu, matched them to some of our favourite local wines and made them available to our guests to enjoy on their arrival night.

Each guest will receive an email 15 days prior to check-in inviting them to place their order. Orders must be received min. 7 days prior to arrival. Meals will be prepared fresh and delivered by your Basalt host to your studio fridge ready for your arrival. Simply heat up, pick some seasonal herbs from the studio’s garden to garnish and serve. A great way to start your stay!



Michael Manners

Michael Manners

Manners began his career in France in the early 1960s, followed by a stint at England’s renowned Hole in the Wall in Bath. In 1970, Manners teamed with a Dany Chouet to open the bistro Upstairs in Sydney, giving the city’s fledgling dining out scene an unexpected sophistication. In 1976, following another stint in France, Michael opened the Glenella Guesthouse at Blackheath which quickly became one of the state’s great destination restaurants, regularly earning two hats.

After stints at Katoomba (Table Manners) and Leura’s Silks, Michael and wife Josephine moved to Orange and opened his acclaimed restaurant Selkirks in 1997. In doing so, they gave an already vibrant food and wine scene the focus it needed – a champion restaurant. In the history of the Good Food Guide, Manners is one of the most hatted chefs in NSW, with more than 20 awarded.

Michael is a legend in the Orange food scene and now prepares seasonal, 3-course, easy to plate up meals for Basalt guests to enjoy in the comfort of their studio.