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The National Wine Centre of Australia (or simply “The Wine Centre”) is an amazing South Australian wine and wine-making museum with more than 10,000 different local wines!
Not only do you get to discover the history and technology of wine making (from harvesting to bottling) but you can also sample and compare the different Australian wines.
The permanent interactive guided tour, Wine Exploration Expedition, makes good use of modern technology, including holograms of famous Australian winegrowers to explain the history of winemaking. You can also find out what makes Australian wines so unique.
In addition to the stunning wine collection, the Wine Center building itself is also noteworthy – it is made in the form of crates for storing bottles.
And around the building are vines – the 7 main types that are used to make Australian wine.
At the center, of course, you can not only taste the wine, but also buy a couple of bottles. It’s a collector’s paradise.
The wines are constantly being updated to showcase the fullest variety of products from different regions of the country.
Among the most unusual places in Adelaide is the Wine Centre Australia, which combines the functions of a wine museum, education center, tasting center, restaurant complex and the headquarters of the main Australian wine companies.
Today, the National Wine Centre of Australia is one of Adelaide’s main attractions. Thousands of tourists come here to learn more about the history of winemaking in South Australia and to taste some of Australia’s best wines.
The Wine Centre Australia is home to an excellent local wine collection of more than 10,000 different varieties. In the tasting rooms visitors are offered to taste 120 varieties of wine produced in South Australia. It is worth noting that around 25% of all Australian wine is produced in the Barrosa Valley which is not far from Adelaide.
Adelaide Wine Center: History and Architecture
In 1997, the National Winery Centre steering committee asked Cox Grieve Architects to design the new National Winery Centre of Australia. The Wine Centre opened in October 2001 and immediately became one of Adelaide’s most recognizable buildings.
The exterior of the Winery Center is reminiscent of a wine barrel. The main building is made of glass, metal and wood. Interestingly, the Wine Center has won numerous architectural awards for its unique way of using natural light.
The Australian Wine Center located at the intersection of Botanic Road and Hackney Road, next to Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Most of the center’s grounds are vineyards that grow the red and white grapes used to make Australian wine. Among the grape varieties grown at the Wine Center are Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Semillon.
Wine Center Australia today
Today, the National Winemaking Center of Australia houses the offices of the largest wineries in the South Australian region, conference rooms, several event spaces, a restaurant, exhibition spaces and cellars. The halls of the center are often used for events ranging from weddings to professional conferences.
Visitors to the Wine Center will find an interactive exhibition “Wine Research Expedition”, which introduces the history of winemaking in Australia and the technology of wine making. There are maps of vineyards, a climate map of Australia, educational films and even holograms. Visitors can use special screens and try to create wine to their liking. If the wine is successful, the computer will award you a gold, silver or bronze medal.
The wall of bottles, consisting of 3,000 bottles in three colors, and the wall of labels, featuring labels of 748 Australian wines, are of great interest to visitors.
But of course the most interesting part of the Adelaide Wine Center is the cellar, which can hold 38,000 bottles of wine. Around 12,000 bottles of wine from 64 Australian wine-growing regions are stored here every year. Visitors can buy a bottle of rare wine in the Concourse restaurant if they wish.
The Center has a Wine Bar where visitors can choose several wines from 120 varieties of wine.
Tastings at the National Wine Centre of Australia
Wine lovers are most attracted to tasting tours. For beginners, there is a starter tour where you can taste three different wines and learn the basics of proper tasting.
For those who know wine well, there is a tour combining a tasting of three varietal wines and a “Wine Research Expedition”. Finally, for professionals there is a tour and tasting of three wines specially selected from the collection in the cellar of the Center.
Wine Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, the Center is open from 9am to 7pm. Tours and tastings are from 10 am to 5 pm.