Since South Australia produces 48 per cent of the nation’s wine, it’s only fitting that Adelaide plays host to The National Wine Centre of Australia. The bit that really takes our fancy is that its new Wined Bar is self-serve.

Technically, the “bar” is a wine-delivery system all the way from Tuscany. The 15 units each hold eight bottles, which are kept in temperature-controlled cabinets. Using a pre-loaded key-card system, you can purchase wine by a taste, half, or full glass at your leisure.

“We have a variety of wines from all over Australia with a fairly large focus on SA due to its prominence in national wine production,” explains the National Wine Centre’s Sine Ryan. “There are a lot of boutique wineries that we like to showcase but there are also some big names like Penfolds Grange available to taste, which is a fun opportunity.”

The team overhauled the former cafe space in September 2015, gutting it to make Wined Bar. They’ve even hung around 4000 wine bottles from the ceiling and partition panels. “We’ve tried calculating the exact number so many times but it’s always during wine with friends, so after a few glasses it gets questionable,” laughs Ryan.

The Polish-influenced tapas menu by Judyta Slupnicki can be enjoyed inside at the modern Danish-style seating, or out on the patio, which backs on to the lush Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Grab a glass of Barossa Shiraz, a plate of charcuterie and start planning your next selection.

Wined Bar at The National Wine Centre
The National Wine Centre, Cnr Botanic & Hackney roads
08 8313 7454

Mon to Thurs 8pm–6pm
Fri to Sat 9am–9pm
Sun 9am-6pm