The National Wine Centre of Australia has its own vineyard - right in the middle of the city. Some of the Australian wine industry's most important varieties are grown here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon and Riesling. The greatest number of vines is given to Shiraz, the varietal on which our wine industry developed its worldwide reputation.
The National Wine Centre opened in October 2001, and has gone on to win many architectural awards for its use of natural light, metal and wood. From the rammed earth walls to the 150 year old jarrah wood floors in Hickinbotham Hall, the Centre conveys a real sense of being in a winery or vineyard. Its curves and arches evoke the staves of the wood barrels used to age many of our best wines, and the rammed earth walls echo the soil of our vineyards.
If you would like to learn more about the design brief for the National Wine Centre and its architects please download the architectural design brief.