Heifer Station Wines
Heifer Station Wines
4.5
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Don’t be disappointed - BOOKINGS ARE A MUST. Silver medal winner of the 2021 Australian Tourism Awards Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries. Heifer Station Wines is a small family-owned and operated single vineyard tasting room in one of Orange's most picturesque areas. Set in a turn of the century, historic sheep shearing shed on rolling volcanic terroir. At almost 900m elevation the vineyard is truly cool climate. Varietals and styles include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz and Sparkling. Whilst the adults enjoy a wine tasting children can enjoy the grounds which include farmyard animals, a handball court, sandpit and bocce. "With respect for the earth and a whole lot of Altitude - The fruit does the talking! That's the Heifer Station Way. We then add the love to create elegant single vineyard wines you will want to enjoy again and again"
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David Gentle
1 contribution
Oct 2020
My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Heifer Station along with 5 other wineries over 2 days last weekend. We were greeted by friendly staff and then seated in the recently completed Barrell Shed to enjoy 6 tasty wines, a fantastic cheese platter whilst taking in the beautiful views. The Heifer Station team member who attended our table had a striking resemblance to Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior) who happens to be my wife’s man crush. Iron Man was very knowledgeable and he not only explained in detail the wines we were tasting but spoke passionately about the history of wine making in Orange. I purchased 6 bottles and then dragged my besotted wife back to the car. If you plan on visiting 10 wineries in Orange then I suggest making Heifer Station the last one you visit because it will blow all of the others away. If you only have time to visit one, then look no further.
Written November 5, 2020
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Hi O978YEdavidg, Thankyou so much for the lovely review! I'm not sure which one of the staff is the most 'Iron Man' looking as we have 4 blokes all with dark hair and similar builds! - Either way I'm glad our staff lived up to the expectation and that you loved Heifer Station so much! Thanks again for the lovely review. James
Written January 7, 2021
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LeeLee657
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Well if there is one thing this lockdown is good for it’s for writing reviews that should have been done ages ago and for feeling thankful that our visit to the Central West was well timed given the current restrictions.
Our visit to Heifer Station on a Friday afternoon back in May was a completely different experience to that we had at other Orange wineries during our visit to this beautiful region. We were welcomed warmly by Leanne and by her genuine graciousness and desire to please I can only assume she was probably the owner. Despite the winery being very busy and us having not pre booked she gave us the option of sitting inside or in the gardens. Being a glorious warm, still and sunny afternoon we opted for the latter where a variety of unusual looking hens seemed keen to befriend us. All six wines we tasted were very nice indeed and presented by a younger lady who was knowledgeable and confident if not overly personable. Leanne did however return to our table to enquire as to whether we were enjoying everything and then farewelled us with as much enthusiasm as her welcome and with numerous tips on where to eat, what to see and where to go. This was in stark contrast to other wineries we visited where we literally felt like an inconvenience especially as we are not experts on wines. So in all, if you are looking for a lovely all round winery experience you should make Heifer Station the top of your list.
Written July 18, 2021
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Hi LeeLee657, Thankyou for such a lovely review and a very accurate and glowing representation of Leanne! We are so happy you had a lovely time and that the expereince was welcoming -Everyone starts there wine journey somewhere and we do feel like wine tasting should be far more appraochable than it sometimes is! Thanks again and I will pass on your lovely words to Leanne! Regards James
Written August 12, 2021
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Garry S
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
Wine was nice and she'd serving area was rustic. Did not like the $15 charge which does NOT come off the wines you buy. I agree with a fee if you don't buy but feel it is a bit rich being non refundable.
Written December 22, 2021
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Hi Duntry - Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the wines and the ambiance. In relation to the charge for the service provided, every winery has there own policy, the quantity of wine poured and the service provided differs. We feel that $15 is a very fair balance. The tasting is 6 x 30ml - That's 1.5 glasses of wine + the staff members' knowledge and time. The admin involved in working out who has bought wine and how much wine is fair is not feasible in our situation and at busy times. Thank you kindly for the review and I appreciate the feedback. Regards James
Written January 7, 2022
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Harrietallan
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Run of the mill, average at best. It was a nice building but the service was terrible, we waited 25 minutes before they even put glasses down in front of us and another 10 minutes to get the wine poured for an hour long tasting. We paid $15 each for this too. We ended up going up to them asking them if they could move things along as we had other bookings to go to. Also, the wine is very average and overpriced compared to other much nicer places around the area. I would steer clear and head to much nicer, more hospitable places if your travelling to Orange.
Written November 11, 2021
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Hi Harriet - I'm so sorry the tasting wasn't up to scratch for you. Thank you for pointing out the slowness of the tasting -It's something that happens from time to time so I do apologise for that and we are working on it! We are certainly not a commercial winery - You cant buy our wines outside of Orange and we only make a very small amount of wine compared to most of the other operators in town. Thanks James
Written January 6, 2022
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Gabriel P
Perth, Australia19 contributions
Jan 2022
The persons who interacted with us were nice. The person who served us the wine was knowledgeable about what she was pouring in our glasses.

This was probably the most expensive (for what it offered) winery we visited in NSW, including the Hunter region.

We did buy a bottle of wine, and we bought only one because the wines were expensive.

We didn't like the fact that the tasting price was not discounted from the eventual purchase, which was a deciding factor in our buying only one bottle.

Despite the fact that the cheese platter was expensive as well, and it was not offered as a package with the wine tasting, i.e. bundled at a discounted price, we did buy the platter and the wine tasting and paid the price knowingly.

We knew that every bit mattered for every business during these tough times, but we were not impressed with the offer.

Expensive, yes, and the prices may be in line with what's on offer at wineries in Orange, but still expensive compared to other wine regions, including nearby Mudgee.

We went to Mudgee from there and had a blast, bought 10 cases of wine from the various wineries there. Glorious wines too. Their prices and offers were much more humane.

Where they had cheese platters they were discounted if bought with wine tasting. If you bought wine to take home you'd get further discounts.
They've been through tough times as well, and they too had to survive, but they do it differently.
Written May 16, 2022
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Hi Gabriel - Every business is different and has different sets of challenges. I appreciate your feedback, but we value our offering accordingly. We are certainly not the most expensive winery in our region, certainly not when compared with the Hunter or Mudgee for that matter. We do not operate on a commercial scale so we can't discount and offer wine and food at lower prices. Based on that we probably aren't the best fit for you. Our cheese platter for its size is already quite cheap at $35 for 2-3 people and we don't offer a refund of the tasting fee if you buy wine because we are giving you an hour of our time and well over a glass of wine in the tasting flight -That's worth $15 at a minimum. We are proud of our experiences and we value our offerings that have been recognised by our recent GOLD medals at the NSW Tourism Awards and our SILVER medal at the Australian Tourism Awards as well as our recent Gourmet Traveller Best Cellar Doors award. We are consistently rated in the top 5 on TripAdvisor and the overwhelming majority of our social reviews are 5 stars. Thanks again for your feedback Regards, James
Written May 31, 2022
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Ange D
8 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Book online and paid for it on September 7
For September 26 Saturday 5 adult tasting with 5kids.
So as you can see booking in advance.
September 25 Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from Emma stating Orange have terrible weather so they will have to move us inside.
We have to cancel 1 adult to look after the kids (ages 1-8). Emma agrees and will refund the $15 for wine tasting. And we will have 2 cheese platter and ham & cheese for the kids.
On that day, what a suprise we have a table for 4 adults, no room for the kids when it is cold and raining outside.
Then Emma told me that the adult who cancelled the wine tasting will look after the kids. If Emma have half a brain then she will know that responsible adults do not just leave the kids outside in the rain.
This place advertised as child friendly with some farm animals onsite.
However, this did not reflect on the staff who is clueless.
Another disappointment, instead of apology, this Emma stated that is what it is we are fully book and can't accommodate your group.
Another person interfere in the conversation and offer a refund but not the booking fee.
Well it is a week now, without refund of $145.22 from this place.
Written October 4, 2020
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Hi 98Langed - You have missed out some VERY important information from your review? You were booked outside originally and we called you because the weather was inclement to try and re-accommodate you. We could have left you in your original position with the children, but you would have been outside in the poor conditions. To move you inside you agreed to not bring the children at all -It was therefore a big surprise when you arrived with the children and expected to be accommodated inside, in a space that has a very limited capacity and is clearly defined as an adults only space. Insulting people by calling them 'clueless' and 'half a brain' is just awful. You don't have any right to pass such judgement on decent people. You should walk a mile in someone else's shoes for a change -How would that insult make you feel? We are dealing with a range of circumstances that no one could have predicted and we are all trying our best to make it work in a safe and secure way. If the weather doesn't play its part we have to try our best and its not always an ideal solution, but its just what happens -I'm sure you would have been happier outside in the sun, but I am yet to master control of it. Regards, James
Written October 10, 2020
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Paul P
Lithgow, Australia35 contributions
Jun 2022
On Sunday, I took my wife to Heifer Station for a wine tasting and cheese board experience for her birthday.

On arrival, we were greeted pleasantly and shown to the table my wife would be doing her tasting. The grassed area was really nice and made for a lovely setting.  
The host was wonderful. I am sure she has run through that spiel thousands of times but she made it interesting and was quite happy to answer any questions my wife had. The cheese platter was a hit with my wife (and our 7-year-old as well!)
It was also great for you to have the little "farm" for the kids. It is hard to find a cellar door that is welcoming to children so this was a big seller for us.

The only negative I could come up with, if I was forced to, is that your website and Trip Advisor say that you can feed the animals but when we arrived, there is a sign saying "Don't feed the animals." Our daughter was slightly disappointed but she loved seeing the "different" animals from what we have around home.

To sum the visit up - we will be back again during the warmer months and see which wines my wife prefers then.

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon,
Paul and Jo.
Written June 27, 2022
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Thanks, Paul and Jo - We value your opinion & appreciate that you have taken the time to write your review. The animals are currently very well fed due to lots of rain -They roam the paddocks at the end of their shift eating lots of green grass so additional food during the day is not required. During the drought when we brought food in, guests were allowed to feed the animals. Thanks James
Written June 30, 2022
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Vee F
London4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Enjoyed the lovely cheese board, service was very good and we appreciated moving our tasting from outside to inside on a very cold day. Didn't purchase any wines - reds were lighter than what we prefer. Gorgeous fireplace and kids were distracted perfectly with the animals.
Written August 6, 2022
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Hi there Vee80, Thank you for the lovely review. Cool Climate reds do tend to be on the lighter side which is something the Orange region provides. We are pleased you and your family enjoyed your time with us. Thanks, Chewy
Written August 7, 2022
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YDS
Sydney, Australia24 contributions
Jan 2021
We decided to visit after reading the great reviews online but found the experience very underwhelming. The wines were disappointing and very overpriced. Also the tasting was pricier than other wineries at $15pp. Service wasn't great either and we didn't feel welcome. Our experiences at the other wineries in Orange such as Mortimers and Angullong were far better.
Written January 13, 2021
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Hi YGDS - I'm sorry you feel that way. Pricing our wines is our choice -You don't to have like the price but we value what we do as such. $15 for 6 wines at 30ml each is cheap + We actually refund your fee if you purchase wine which most other cellar doors in Orange don't do. All the best. James
Written January 13, 2021
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Caroline L
26 contributions
May 2022
During our 6 days in Orange we visited 5 wineries and one cidery. The standout as an overall experience was Heifer Station because of the cellar door decor, gracious Chewie, our host, and quality of the wines particularly the Pinot Noir ones which were different to the other cool climate Pinot Noirs we had tasted elsewhere. We were so impressed we bought a mixed dozen wines and joined their cellar club. This is a definite winery to go to and, ideally, visit midweek when you can spend more time for questions and tasting.
Written May 15, 2022
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Hi Caroline - What a lovely review. Thanks for taking the time to write it. We really appreciate the kind words. Thanks again. James
Written May 31, 2022
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