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Monday, February 17, 2014

New wine and tapas bar at haunted colonial homestead in Macarthur

Gledswood wineryThe convict-built cellar door at Macarthur’s historic Gledswood Homestead is now home to a new, rustic wine and tapas bar showcasing boutique wine and craft beer made by convict descendants.

Itself boasting one of Australia’s first wineries, established in the 1830s, Gledswood Homestead is a colonial farm built near Camden in the Macarthur region by James Chisholm, one of the founders of the bank of NSW. Nestled amongst Macarthur’s hills and dales only one hour south-west of the Sydney CBD, 184-year-old Gledswood Homestead boasts heritage gardens, Georgian-style farm buildings and lost spirits that can be met on ghost tours every Friday night.Gledswood
The homestead also features a convict-built cellar door which has been transformed this year into a rustic wine and tapas bar offering visitors a range of boutique wines from around Australia and also craft beer such as Convict Lager from the Sydney-based Rocks Brewing Company, run by fifth and sixth generation convict descendants.
The new bar will open afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays from noon at Gledswood Homestead and Winery, situated at Camden Valley Way at Catherine Field near Camden in the Macarthur region. Call 02 9606 5111 or visit For general information on the Macarthur region, visit

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