Lovers of food and wine are destined for Angullong

Great food, great wine and great company.

Great food, great wine and great company.

Angullong Wines has a beautifully appointed and admirably located cellar-door/shopfront in the charming Central-Western NSW village of Millthorpe, not far outside Orange.

That’s just as well, because, though it has the largest vineyard in the Orange district, it’s at the end of the road to woop-woop, at a location called Panuara, on the slopes of Mt Canobolas near Cadia.

But once a year, during the October Orange Wine Week, Hatty Crossing, her sons James and Ben, and their families, who between them run Angullong, share this prized grape-growing location with the public during a long-table lunch called ‘Outstanding in the Vines’.

Nothing like a glass in hand on the way to lunch.

Nothing like a glass in hand on the way to lunch.

And outstanding it really is. The lunch location and setting are fabulous — on white-clothed tables between two of the property’s dams and offering simply fabulous views over the surrounding vines.

It is a smart move by the Crossings to organise buses to bring their guests from Orange Railway Station.

The long and winding road may take a toll on the way in, and almost certainly will on the way out.

Especially given the vineyard’s proximity to nowhere, the standard of food presented over the past couple of years has been superb.

Angullong’s ‘Outstanding in the Vines’ … a chance to share a magnificent location.

Angullong’s ‘Outstanding in the Vines’ … a chance to share a magnificent location.

In 2017, for instance, the menu comprised: hors d’oeuvre of smoked trout paté on crostini, mini Yorkshire puddings with venison, goats-cheese-and-beetroot tarts, spanakopita, and cheese-and-rosemary sables with roast tomato; followed by shared platters of beef fillet with chilli-lemon and cumin, crispy-skin herbed chicken, asparagus with aioli, chunky potato gratin, and pear-pea-and-parmesan salad with creamy mint dressing.

And then there was dessert — absolutely delectable lemon-curd cheesecake and chocolate berry mousse.

Plenty of time to let the hair down.

Plenty of time to let the hair down.

Winewise, there was plenty to choose from, starting with regularly topped-up glasses of NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir and 2016 Sparkling Rosé, with 2017 Pinot Grigio for when the bubbles started to overwhelm.

With the main course there was 2017 Fossil Hill Rosato, 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Fossil Hill Tempranillo and 2016 Fossil Hill Sangiovese, while dessert was accompanied by 2016 Fossil Hill Riesling, 2013 Botrytis Semillon and 2016 Fossil Hill Barbera.

The Hip Replacements … have guests searching though nostalgia banks.

The Hip Replacements … have guests searching though nostalgia banks.

And the band, — one of various incarnations of the Hip Replacements — will be back in 2018, playing just so many songs that have guests searching though nostalgia banks.

And, quite remarkably, the Studebaker truck the band uses as a stage still carries grapes from vineyard to winery at vintage time.

No shortage of bubbly at Angullong.

No shortage of bubbly at Angullong.

Those interested in attending the 2018 event, and others on the Wine Week calendar, should visit www.angullong.com.au and www.brandorange.com.au 

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