Upgrade to make Wine Centre of attention
The National Wine Centre continues to improve with age.
And in fulfilling its promise to the wine industry and the local community, the University of Adelaide has undertaken significant refurbishments to enhance the wine experience.
In early September, University Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha unveiled a "new-look" Exhibition Centre and announced plans to redevelop the Concourse Café area.
He also said that many of the initial objectives had been achieved.
"When we purchased the Centre two years ago, we embarked on a major strategy to enhance our international profile in wine education and strengthen our links with industry and the community," Professor McWha said.
"It is therefore pleasing to note that we have not only enhanced our links with the wine industry, but also encouraged Adelaideans to both visit and use the Centre for various events.
"We have also kept our promise by not charging an entry fee and this is not going to change."
He added that the Centre has become a sought-after venue for banquets, weddings and conferences, and overseas and local visitation has increased exponentially.
Professor McWha said the Exhibition Centre required considerable maintenance work.
"We have made significant improvements to the interactive videos which will now be more user friendly. We have also upgraded the software and hardware," he said.
"The Concourse Café is about to undergo a major redevelopment that will further enhance the wine tasting experience. The hours will also be extended on weekdays and weekends.
"In offering a wider range of wines and beers in a Bistro-type atmosphere, there will be more traditional Australian food on the upgraded menu; visitors will still be able to enjoy wine tasting; and there will be selected merchandise in the retail area."
Story by Howard Salkow