Nov 12, 2012

National Wine Centre South Australia

Situated on the edge of Adelaide's stunning Botanic Gardens the National Wine Centre of South Australia combines bold architecture and a series of conference and meeting rooms.It also features a number of outdoor terrace areas with views of the centre's courtyard and adjacent Botanic Gardens.

The National Wine Centre offers a number of wine events for the general public to enjoy and although not generally public Koala thought he should attend an event to experience first hand what was going on. He was told that he could enjoy the best wines Australia has to offer at Friday's Uncorked, a free entry event run fortnightly. There was also a Wine Master Class that occurred in conjunction with the Uncorked event but you had to book and it was not free. Koala went ahead and booked so as to bring you all the inside scoop!

As it turned out the Friday Uncorked event he attended featured the wines of TheLane Vineyards from the Adelaide Hill’s with none other than John Edwards himself doing the Master Class. Koala was up for the challenge having signed up for the Master Class and was immediately confronted with the cost. Having attended numerous wine maker / owner exclusive classes over the years usually ranging in price from $75-$150, this price came as a shock…. $20, yes that’s it twenty dollars! These classes are definitely not intended to generate any income.
Fantastic value!
The wines were fantastic and John was educational, entertaining and kept everyone’s attention. Telling of how they got lucky with their first land purchase of twenty acres and how they have grown to over two hundred. Along with delving deep into the wines he talked about the overall philosophy of The Lane and provided an interesting and relatively comprehensive overview.

The class was very intimate and only accommodated twenty people. The room acoustics made for a lively setting and was attended with enthusiasm by a diverse crowd.

After the class Koala attended the free open to the public Uncorked event where people could purchase glasses of The Lane wines and listen to some acoustical guitar and have some nibbles. There were a couple hundred people enjoying good wine both inside and out in a great location.

There are also meals at the winter wine dinners and the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of chocolate and wine pairing at their wine classes.

A fantastic facility with great events and really everyone should go and enjoy. Oh yeah and learn to!

Koala rates National Wine Centre of South Australia a “must do”!

Happy learning,

Kiwi & Koala

PS. Go visit The Lane for great wine and food!

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