The Forbes, Canowindra and Parkes Wine District is located about 390 km west of Sydney in the Central West Wine Region in New South Wales. Forbes is a town with a rich gold-mining heritage and is famous for its links with the notorious bushrangers Frank Gardiner Ben Hall and. You can enjoy discovering the details about the town's history by following the Heritage Trail which showcases the town's many wonderful historic buildings and the remains of the tunnel system dug to foil the bushrangers, when transferring funs between businesses. Forbes is also a rich and thriving agricultural area focused on sheep, wheat, dairy and fresh fruit and viniculture, with several fantastic wineries in the surrounding area. Some of the local attractions and activities include: # Fantastic birdwatching in the Gum Swamp Bird Hide, which
is a wetland sanctuary that features more than 155 bird species. # Go bushwalking, swimming and enjoying a picnic or a
barbeque at Jemalong Weir. # Enjoy the Forbes Camel Races, on Good Friday each year, with races for camels, guinea pigs and yabbies.
# The Forbes Show, held September, features exhibits, rural displays, food and wine and competitions. # The Festival of
Roses held in Spring.# Visit the Bushrangers Hall of Fame at the Albion Hotel, to see a fascinating displays of bushranger memorabilia.
# The Forbes and District Historical Museum that has fascinating displays of Aboriginal history, the bushranger days, the
gold era and the development of the town and its culture.
The Central West NSW Region Central West Region is home to over 30 vineyards in seven districts: Forbes, Canowindra and Parkes ; Dubbo ; Bathurst ; Gilgandra; Coonabarabran ; Warren ; Dunedoo
Banderra Estate, NSW Sandhills Rd. Forbes, NSW 2871
Banderra Estate is an operating vineyard and winery, located in Forbes in the Central Ranges Zone of NSW. The vineyard, cellar door and winery is based at Sandhills Vineyard, where both the premium Banderra Estate and Sandhills Vineyard labels are sold from the original underground cellar door. The property is steeped in history, with the first vines planted in the 1920’s, and the vineyard still retains much of its old-world charm. Current owners, John Saleh and Eleanor Lewis, acquired Sandhills in 1989, replanting much of the vineyard with premium wine grape varieties.
Toms Waterhole Wines, NSW 752 Longs Corner Rd, Canowindra NSW 2804
Toms Waterhole Winery's Cellar Door is located at Delice Coffee 18 Tilga St Canowindra. The Methode Traditionale Sparkling both sec and brut de brut, dry white table wine and Tawny Port (with the solera started in 2000) are available for purchase. Wood fired pizza nights are held for groups of 12 or more and must be booked in advance. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.
Twisted River Wines, NSW 6056 Henry Parkes Way, Manildra NSW 2865
Twisted River Wines is a multi award winning boutique, low yielding vineyard nestled on the edge of the Goobang remnant forest near Manildra in the cool climate NSW Central Ranges. Nestled on the edge of the Goobang remnant forest near Manildra in the cool climate NSW Central Ranges. Our diverse geology provides ideal soil for our vines and is complemented by an elevation of 650 meters. The Cellar Door and Vineyard is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm and other times by appointment.
Wallington Wines, NSW 82 Lawrences Rd, Nyrang Creek NSW 2804
It all started back in 1990. Margaret & Anthony moved from Sydney to escape the city life for the fresh country air. Over the following 10 years, whilst raising 4 young daughters, Anthony and Margaret embarked on their dream of creating boutique wine. Passing through the family generations now, Margaret hands over the winemaking to her second eldest daughter Nadja and her partner Steve. Together the family continues the unique brand of Wallington Wines. All daughters remain actively involved in some way with the business and a very strong family the connection is central to the sustainability of the farm as a whole. Steve, Nadja and Margaret now collectively run the 1000 acre property, vineyard and winery, supporting one another as a family run, owned and operated a business!