National Wine Centre of Australia

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National Wine Centre of Australia
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The National Wine Centre, Adelaide
General information
Address North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 34°55′10″S 138°36′51″E / 34.91944°S 138.61417°E / -34.91944; 138.61417Coordinates: 34°55′10″S 138°36′51″E / 34.91944°S 138.61417°E / -34.91944; 138.61417
Opened 7 October 2001 (2001-10-07)
Client Government of South Australia
Landlord University of Adelaide
Design and construction
Architect Philip Cox
Architecture firm Cox Grieve Gillett
Website
www.wineaustralia.com.au

The National Wine Centre of Australia (commonly the "Wine Centre") is a public exhibition building about winemaking and its industry in South Australia, opened in 2001.[1] It contains an interactive permanent exhibition of winemaking, introducing visitors to the technology, varieties and styles of wine. It also has a wine tasting area, giving visitors the opportunity to taste and compare wines from different areas of Australia.

The Wine Centre is situated at the eastern end of North Terrace, Adelaide in the east parklands and adjacent to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The building designed by Cox Grieve Gillett uses building materials to reflect items used in making wine.[2] The exterior of the building looks like a section of a wine barrel. 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.

History[edit]

Its development by the Olsen Liberal State Government was shrouded in controversy and it was labelled as a white elephant by the Opposition. It eventually opened on 7 October 2001 after enabling legislation created the concept in the National Wine Centre Act (1997). After a number of problems with funding, management and profitability, the Wine Centre operation was taken over by the University of Adelaide on 1 July 2003. It now offers some of the university's oenology courses, as well as the public face of the wine industry in Australia.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Wine Centre of Australia". State Library of South Australia. Government of South Australia. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Wine Centre". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

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