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The National Wine Centre of Australia

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
A freelance writer and traveller who likes to explore the spiritual, literary and hidden gems of Adelaide and beyond.
Published April 26th 2014
Original design still captivates at the Wine Centre
The National Wine Centre of Australia (commonly known as the "Wine Centre") is a public exhibition building which promotes winemaking and its industry in South Australia.

Originally opened in 2001 the building in its self is an attraction. It looms out of the sky with its curved casing and strange angles. The visitor is led up a large, high ramp to the entrance.
The ramp entrance
The ramp entrance

The building was designed by Cox Grieve Gillett, who uses building materials to reflect items used in making wine.
The exterior of the building looks like a section of a wine barrel.
The entrance and interiors have a very high vaulted ceiling, with different levels of rooms on view.
The interior
The interior

The building caused waves of discontent when it was first opened. Some likening it to an ark, and there was controversy about the design, cost and purpose of the building.

It has the disadvantage of being at the somewhat quiet end of Adelaide, away from the cafés, restaurants and businesses.

It does however have the good fortune to adjoin the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. There are outdoor tables available that look out on to the peace and tranquility of the gardens.
Entering via the Botanical Gardens
Entering via the Botanical Gardens

The wine discovery centre, which has been a permanent exhibition of winemaking, introducing visitors to the technology, varieties and styles of wine is currently closed for redevelopment.

The building is currently home to a large function room, which was being readied for a wedding, when I looked through.
Wedding function
Wedding function

There are also spaces for art exhibitions, meetings rooms and conference spaces. A wine tasting area is also still on offer, with a large selection of South Australian wines.

This is advertised as the largest wine tasting experience in Australia and in the world, offering 120 wines by the glass from our state of the art Enomatic wine serving systems.

The café makes a great pit stop, for those who insist on a coffee after a slow meander through the gardens.

They have a lovely menu of selections for light meals and friendly service.

If you are up early it is also a breakfast spot on weekends. Breakfast is served Saturday and Sundays from 9am -12pm.
Cafe and interior
Cafe and interior

Outside the building are rows of grapevines, showing seven different varieties of grapes to curious visitors who normally wouldn't have access to a vineyard to see the differences for themselves.
The wine centre vines
The wine centre vines

The centre is still a great stop off to show visiting friends and relatives, especially if there is not time to visit the premier wine districts.
Country meets city at the wine centre
Country meets city at the wine centre

The wine centre does advertise events and wine tastings.

Unfortunately this event has been and gone on April 24th;
Join us for Uncorked this Thursday with Hentley Farm Wines. This is a wonderful way to finish up your working week.

Enjoy the complimentary cheese platters and canapés or select from our tapas and pizza menu while listening to live acoustic music. No need to book, just turn up whenever your boss decides to let you free!

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Adelaide awaits the new redeveloped wine discovery space with interest. This is one of Adelaide's undervalued spaces, also one of Adelaide's most original and distinct buildings.
The original design of the wine centre
The original design of the wine centre

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Why? The city and country meet.
Where: Corner of North Terrace and Hackney Road, Adelaide.
Cost: Free
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