The National Wine Centre Adelaide solves a problem that a lot of solo travellers encounter. I want to try out good quality local wines, but don’t need a full bottle or even a large glass. Often, single glasses are at a lower price point and lower quality. This isn’t a bad complaint! On a bus tour, I spotted the Wine Centre and decided to return alone for lunch and a cheeky glass!
National Wine Centre Adelaide: the Building
I think this building has a range of functions – housing representative bodies and industry specialists. I wanted to try out its reputation for good food and for wine tasting without having to visit the vineyards or cellar doors.
The architecture has quite a specific industrial charm.
Inside is like a giant convention centre and the cafe/wine tasting area is in a cathedral-shaped void in the centre of the building.
I decided to have something to eat and try a few wines. You get a card, which you use to choose very small tasting amounts (25ml), a decent slurp (75ml) or a full glass (150ml). As the photo says there were 120 wines. Now I have to insist that I didn’t try ALL of them!
Staying in Adelaide? Why not also try out Apothecary Restaurant for a fresh take on Australian cuisine?
Impressive wine line-up
They are arranged in a row from white to rose to light reds and I do go along and get little taster sizes of a typical white, rose and light red and got a full glass of a local Shiraz (for which the areas around Adelaide like McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley are famed.
Water was served in a charming thick bottle.
Oh dear, what a lot of bread! I do love olive oil and balsamic for dipping bread into, though!
Mmm, peppery goodness!
My lunch was a corn and wild rice concoction with ‘roast chicken’ on top. That skin looks undercooked and flabby – I think it should have been crisped up at some stage of the cooking – but the chicken was tender and delicious underneath.
After that hefty meal and a couple of glasses of wine, I fancied a nap but walked out into the Centre garden, which backed on to a local park – I love these signs showing distances to other wine regions.
What a lovely way to spend a lunchtime!
This is one place not to miss on your trip to Adelaide. There are so many great tours out of the city and speciality wine options. This gives you a great range of wine options at a sensible price.
You may like to try out one of my favourite spots in town. Read about the Apothecary Restaurant, Adelaide.
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