The National Wine Centre in Adelaide is now home to the largest wine dispensing bank in Australia following a $350,000 investment that will enable consumers to taste iconic South Australian wines that they may not have been able to previously.
The centre has taken a somewhat futuristic take on the traditional cellar door tasting by installing 14 hi-tech Enomatic dispensing machines which have the ability to pour 120 wines at any one time at varying volumes.
Once the bottle is opened, a small shot of argon gas is pumped by the machine into the wine bottles, preserving the wines from oxidation and extending the life of the bottle by up to three weeks, The Australian reports.
The wines on offer vary from affordable Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc’s to the likes of Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, which generally retail for anywhere between $500 to $700 per bottle. The new technology enables wine lovers to taste a 25ml pour of Penfolds Grange for around $28, a half glass for $75, or a full glass for $150.
The three pour sizes apply to each of the 120 wines that the centre has on offer - all of which have been sourced from every major Australian wine region.
General manager of the National Wine Centre, Adrian Emery said that the $350,000 investment marks the first stage of major revamp of the centre, with a complete overhaul of the centre’s exhibition space set to take place over the next year or so.
“From a tourism perspective, a lot of people don’t have the time to get out to the regions,” said Emeny.
“We’re a first taste of the whole Australian wine offering.
“It’s all about going back to what the venue was originally designed to be - about education and the full experience associated with wine.”
Image: Leticia Dunning from the National Wine Centre with the new tasting machine. Picture: Simon Cross Source: News Limited