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Currans Hill And The Local Wineries

Aug 8, 2008
And while you're staying at Currans Hill (even if you live there but are looking for something new to do) why not explore what the area has to offer like wineries?

Not too far from Currans Hill is the historic Gledswood Homestead. Boasting a glimpse of country life not far from the city (Currans Hill is less than an hour from Sydney, the state's capital) Gledswood also offers an impressive winery, and a restaurant that really should not be missed. Wines can be bought at the cellar door any way you choose a bottle at a time, or a case at a time. We suspect that they won't last long enough if you only buy one! Cobbitty is a little further from Currans Hill, but well worth the drive (not that it is terribly long, probably just 20 minutes from Currans Hill).

The Cogno brothers operate a winery at Cobbitty, and the family also own the winery in South Australia called Middlebrook. But at Cobbitty you'll find a family business that has been there for a good many years, which has given them the opportunity to not only build a loyal clientele but get the recipe for a good drop right. Venture away from Currans Hill and sample their variety they have tastings of all their wines and find your favourite. Be warned, they do have a large range, so maybe you should appoint a designated driver before you leave Currans Hill!

Next (perhaps the next day?) head up to Luddenham, to the Vicary's Winery. Purporting to be the oldest continuously operating winery in the Sydney area, Vicary's also has a children's train ride and market, so take enough money for a complete day out. If you're in the area in September, then you have to visit the Food and Wine Festival held at Belgenny Farm in Camden. Belgenny Farm is the farm of the Macarthurs, the pioneers of wool, wheat and wine in not only the Campbelltown (Macarthur) district, but Australia in the early colonial period.

When you're done visiting wineries, sampling their wares and purchasing their products, perhaps you should persue the historic. After Belgenny Farm, your next stop on the heritage trail should be the Camden Park House on the Camden Park Estate, the home of the Macarthurs. On your way back to Currans Hill, stop at Wivenhoe, built in 1838. Or pop in and explore the old churches, such as Saint Pauls Anglican or Saint Pauls Catholic church, both built in the mid-1800s. Saint Johns Anglican Church in Camden (not too far from Currans Hill) was built on land donated by John Macarthur, and the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Broughton in 1840.
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