Gate­way sign’s re­turn to glory

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE arched sign that once strad­dled the en­trance of Minch­in­bury Win­ery Gate­way will be re­stored and re­turned to the his­toric vine­yard.

The $80,000 restora­tion of the sign and the main en­try gate was ap­proved by Black­town Coun­cil last week.

The vine­yard has been cred­ited for start­ing Aus­tra- lia’s sparkling wine in­dus­try, af­ter Wil­liam Minchin was granted land in the area since named af­ter him.

In 1859 it was turned into a vine­yard and cel­lar and Pen­folds bought the land in 1912.

Fu­ture works for build­ing a park on the land are ex­pected to cost $220,000, and may in­clude a chil­dren’s play­ground.

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