The Narrabri Wine District is part of the North Central Wine Region in Northern New South Wales based on the area surrounding the rural service and tourist town of Narrabri. The local area offers a range some unique attractions for enthusiasts of the natural environment, including the magnificent Mt Kaputar National Park surrounding the extinct Nandewar Volcano, which rises spectacularly out of the rich black soil plains surrounding Narrabri. It is a thriving and productive agricultural area for cotton, wheat and beef production in the heart of the rich Namoi Valley, located about 560 km north-west of Sydney. Some of the attractions and activities in the area surrounding Narrabri include: # Visit Culgoora and see the Australia Telescope, with its 6 white dishes that combine their signals to
produce the most powerful radio telescopes in the southern hemisphere # Exploring the Pilliga State
Forest and discovering the unique native flora and fauna, salt caves and bore baths
# Go bushwalking, camping or enjoy a picnic or barbeque at Mt Kaputar National Park.
Visit the area during the Nosh on the Namoi event, held in March every year that
showcases the district's food, wine and culture # The popular Spring Festival
held in September/October # Relax in the Pilliga Hot Artesian Bore Baths #
Enjoy tours of the local wineries and tasting some boutique agricultural products i
ncluding locally grown olives # Enjoy the spectacular scenery at Mount Kaputar National
Park that features scenic basalt cliffs that look like giant organ pipes.
The North Central NSW Wine Region North Central Region is home to three districts: Moree ; Narrabri, Wee Waa, Warren, Coonabarabran ; Walgett, Collarenabri.
Canonbah Bridge, NSW Merryanbone Station, Warren NSW 2824
Pioneered a new region, practicing bio-dynamic viticulture not spraying fungicides and insecticides. The vineyard lies on the bend of a 2000 year old river bed. Leaving the soil a coarse sandy soil, with excellent drainage and well balanced vigour. The Shiraz yields under 2 tonnes/area, producing small intense berries. The main varietals are Shiraz, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Semillon, Verdelho ...
Warrumbungle Wines, NSW South Burloo Redden Road, Coonabarabran, NSW 2357
With the assistance and encouragement of Dick (Dr Richard) Smart the Trickey family began to convert a hilltop grazing paddock into a 10ha vineyard in 1998. Chambourcin, merlot, petit verdot and shiraz were the first varieties planted, tempranillo and viognier more recently, and not yet yielding. While Coonabarabran is in the northwest of NSW, the 600m altitude of the vineyard results in cool to cold nights (fleece and beanies at Australia Day bbqs) with a climate not unlike that of the Granite Belt. The red volcanic basalt over sandstone soils derived from the Warrumbungle Mountain Range (bringing childhood memories of September holidays spent at a sheep station at Gulargambone, which also looked out to the Warrumbungles) makes ideal vineyard soil. Gareth, Cameron and Susanne Trickey are all involved in the venture, organising hand-picking of grapes at night to take advantage of the cool temperature (perhaps the only winery in Australia to do so) and assist winemakers Ken Borchardt and CP Lin (blind since two years old, but with a very long career in winemaking both in Australia and NZ) at Red Earth Estate, near Dubbo. In a further determination to be different, the brands are Bluebottle, a premium red blend in a blue coloured bottle; Greenbottle for the premium white blend; Blowfly for the premium red varietals of chambourcin, merlot, petit verdot and shiraz. Small quantities of Dominus Muscidae (reserve red) and Maelstrom (Amarone style red wine) are also made for direct sale through the cellar door or mail order.