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Minchinbury is a small, hilly suburb in the Blacktown City area that was once the site of the largest producer of sparkling wine in New South Wales. It sits on the traditional land of the Dharug people and boasts great views of the rolling hills. A visit to Minchinbury is packed with surprising heritage and history, and elevated dining. Something we see right across Western Sydney, Minchinbury is yet another understated gem waiting to be discovered.

Old estate gledswood hills


Located on the south side of the Great Western Highway, as you enter the suburb via Minchin Drive, the unmistakable Minchinbury Plane sign captures attention. This replica jet, poised nose down above a well-maintained garden, serves as a very memorable welcome to this fascinating suburb.

The name Minchinbury traces its origins to Captain William Minchin, who owned the estate in 1819. During the 1860s, vineyards were established on the estate, and by the 1870s, the wines gained recognition at the Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition.

Continuing its legacy in winemaking, the estate was eventually sold to well-known wine company Penfolds in 1913, who were the largest wine producer in the British Empire. Throughout the suburb, subtle nods to its past are on display, with streets named after grape varieties and wine regions—look out for Shiraz Place, Alicante Street, and Sauterne Crescent.

Begin your exploration at Minchinbury Shopping Centre, which features a delightful local bakery and various other shops. For coffee enthusiasts, The Birdhouse on Barossa Drive is an absolute must-visit—a modern Australian woodfire restaurant known for its innovative and delicious dishes. Casual dining, events or just for that all important coffee. Owned and operated by a dynamic husband and wife team, the restaurant offers a rustic yet sophisticated ambience, overlooking a beautiful herb and flower garden. Licensed too so you can grab a glass of sparkling in the home of sparkling wine.

The Minchinbury Winery Heritage Walk commences just outside The Birdhouse, allowing you to stroll through the remaining winemaking buildings, thriving grapevines, a massive chimney, machinery, and an old honeycomb well, providing a glimpse into the area's past.

Another remnant of Minchinbury's wine history is the Kalamata Grove Walkway, an olive tree-lined avenue that served as the original driveway to the Minchinbury cellars. Walk to the top of the grove, and you’ll find the old entrance gate which signposts “Minchinbury” and “Penfolds” across the Great Western Highway.

Minchinbury is also the site of Minchinbury Fruit Market. This large fruit and deli store is a great local favourite with meticulously displayed fresh fruit and vegetables lining the aisles. We love the pop of colour, and the aroma of fresh fruit. The market is popular among locals and is one of the largest fruit markets in Sydney.

Next, explore Lung Po Shan, a Chinese memorial garden within the Pinegrove Memorial Park, featuring an impressive gateway, striking pergolas, and a serene setting overlooking a manmade lake—the resting place of many Chinese people.

Conclude your day by dining at Product Of Italy, another excellent restaurant in Minchinbury, offering an authentic menu filled with gourmet pizza and classic pasta. It's an ideal spot for a family celebration, boasting Italian-inspired decor and a welcoming atmosphere.

Minchinbury is so much more than meets the eye—a friendly locale with an abundance of discoveries, quality and fascinating history awaiting exploration. So, get out there and see for yourself. It is a charming place to spend a few hours.


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