The team from International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) returned to Orange in Central West NSW this week to celebrate the region’s thriving wine industry and strengthen its connection to its network of producers after purchasing another 30,000 bottles of premium Orange wine in the last financial year.
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said following a bumper year that saw the venue welcome over one million visitors to 500 events from conventions to exhibitions, gala dinners and entertainment concerts, ICC Sydney would continue its commitment to champion local Orange producers.
“ICC Sydney has purchased more than 130,000 bottles of premium Orange wine since opening in December 2016 and the team is committed to continued investment in the quality and diversity of wine from the region,” he said.
“Wines from the Orange region make up one quarter of our list of 100% NSW wine list, and the venue orders as many as 30,000 bottles of premium Orange wine per year. Our commitment to offer premium NSW wine, as well as fresh produce from local farmers, enriches the dining experience of our clients and delegates.”
Swinging Bridge Wines CEO Tom Ward said the ICC Sydney’s support directly contributes to the economic performance of the region.
“The continued backing by ICC Sydney of regional NSW even through the tough times is an amazing tribute to the strength of the relationship,” Ward said.
“The continued support of ICC Sydney has allowed regions like Orange to showcase the best local product to visitors from around Australia and the world.”
While in Orange, members from the venue team met with existing partners as well as prospective local vignerons to sample new products alongside sponsoring the ‘Best Exhibitor’ category of the 2023 Orange Wine Show Awards, which recognises the achievements of the region’s winemakers.
“The entire Central West and Riverina regions have earned a sound reputation for making superb wine and this visit was a fantastic opportunity to support the wine producers of Orange,” said William Wilson ICC Sydney’s sommelier and F&B manager.
“As Orange is constantly evolving, we reconnected with our partners as well as celebrating the winners of this year’s Orange Wine Show. Similar to our continued support and sponsorship of the NSW Wine Awards, the Orange Wine Show is a great opportunity to discover the latest and best vintages from across the region.”