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National Wine Centre


The National Wine Centre is a flagship of Australia’s internationally renowned wine industry, acting simultaneously as a cultural and education centre, and tourist attraction.

The Centre informs visitors of every aspect of the wine industry, including wine-growing, wine-making and new technologies. It contains an interactive museum, a comprehensive range of wine-tasting facilities, offices of Australian wine industry organisations and function spaces for events.

The Wine Centre’s interiors associate with the surrounding landscape and is set up in a way that encourages visitors to experience each component of the centre in a sequential way. One side of the arc leads to two refurbished historic buildings, whilst the other guides you to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens administration building.


The Wine Centre’s form is partly inspired by segments of wine barrels and partly by the skeletal nature of winter vines. The layout of building components preserved significant trees on site, with new plantings carefully placed to focus views into the gardens. A range of landscape interventions were used to graduate the change from building edges to natural contours beyond the garden.


Award of Merit for New Build, AIA SA 2002
Award for Steel Construction Excellence , AISC 2002
Best Architecture Award, 7th World Conference on Timber Engineering Malaysia 2002
Award for Excellence in Urban Planning, UDIA 2001
Award for Public and Commercial Building, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001
Best use of Timber Engineering, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001
Supreme Timber Design Award, Australian Timber Design Awards 2001

Technical Information

In Association With
Grieve Gillett
South Australian Government
Completed, 1997-2000
Key Consultants
Walbridge & Gilbert, Murray Young & Associates, Bestec, EDAW, Bassett Consulting, Rawlinsons, The Mack Group, Ashley Hallandale & Associates, Katnich Dodd, Webb Australia
Hansen Yuncken
Gross Floor Area
Peter E Barnes, Patrick Bingham-Hall