When planning what cellar doors to visit with kids, it is no easy feat when there are approximately 50 in the Orange region. Here you’ll find a trusted guide of cellar doors that are both family-friendly and provide a lovely tasting experience too.
Michelle & Phillip Stivens have set up an ambient, family-friendly cellar door featuring a petting zoo with alpacas, highland cattle, and ‘Funny Farm’ adjacent to the tasting room where kids can be kept occupied with feeding the Bantams and Polish hens or visiting Tom and Jaz the resident goats, leaving me to relax and enjoy the Rose 2020 Vintage or the Merlot 2019 Vintage! Tilly, the Shetland pony usually steals the show with many a paparazzi moment taking place. The 100-year old shearing shed oozes warmth and the outside area is very conducive to a fun and social tasting experience. You can also book a private picnic or enjoy drinking a range of local beers, cyders and soft drinks if wine is not your drop of choice.
Here at Stockman’s Ridge wines it is a very relaxing wine tasting experience and the whole family is welcome. With multiple outdoor firepits (marshmallows thrown in!), lawn games and a huge amount of space for the kids to run, play and even find a tree or two to climb, there is plenty to keep the kids busy while parents enjoy tasting some wine. Dogs are welcome too although they must be kept on a leash. You can book a tasting outdoors or in the cellar door.
The Campfire Semillon 2013 is lovely with a cheese board and the Handcrafted Pinot Noir 2015 is a please-all Pinot in my opinion.
Whilst not having any child specific facilities, Brangayne of Orange welcomes children to it’s cellar door and vineyard. Children are welcome to play in the great outdoors around the cellar door. They can even sit on the 1947 Ferguson Tractor in the cellar door annex. For one week each Spring, the 80-year old Rhododendron garden is open for guests to explore – it is truly a child’s paradise but please ensure children are respectful of the garden beds.
I am a romantic at heart and I am consistently drawn to the delectable 2018 ‘Isolde’ Reserve Chardonnay or the 2016 ‘Tristan’ – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot.
The Philip Shaw Wines Cellar Door is built of a 130-year old bluestone, with a large garden spanning the property. Soccer goals are pitched on one of the many tiered lawns and there is a seasonal garden with fruit trees, perfect for the kids to explore while you enjoy a wine tasting or glass of wine. If you are not visiting for a tasting, you can wander with a glass into the gardens and sit at the tables or on the lawns. Keep an eye out for family friendly events via the website and socials.
There is so much charm here, that I have enjoyed gazing out at the beautiful gardens many times during the afternoon drinking a glass of the Pink Billy Saignee or Edinburgh Sparkling NV.
Just over 10 minutes further away by car you arrive in Nashdale, a lush and picturesque scene. There is a level lawn area directly outside the cellar door which is ideal for children to enjoy while the adults watch on. Here’s a tip when booking; request a window seat as this might be possible. Dogs are welcome too in the designated ‘dog parking’ station which is just outside the main entrance to the cellar door, complete with water bowls and doggie treats. (Dogs are not allowed to roam or inside the cellar door out of respect for other guests and safety). Soak up the sun and the view and bliss out.
I enjoyed tasting and the 2019 Colour series Sauvignon Blanc Fumé complements the vibe perfectly for me or the 2018 Colour Series Shiraz were my favourite drops.
A: Nashdale Lane, (turn right from Cargo road when heading from town) in Nashdale, NSW
P: 0419 012 412
Open seven days a week, Sunday to Friday, Midday to 4pm and Saturday, 11am – 5pm.
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All cellar doors have a Covid-safe policy in place as well as capacity limits. Therefore, you must book ahead to avoid disappointment. It is essential to account for each child you are bringing along as well for the purposes of being accounted for around the spacing requirements.
Remember also to bring your own entertainment kits; games like cards like Uno or colouring in pencils are always a winner!