The National Wine Centre of Australia has planted its own on-site vineyard. Several of the most important red and white varieties used in the Australian Wine Industry are grown in the vineyards, located at the Hackney Road entrance. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon and Riesling are featured with pride of place. The greatest number of vines is given to Shiraz, on which Australia has developed a worldwide reputation.
Then National Wine Centre was built in the year 2000 as a joint State and Federal Government venture and was officially opened in October 2001. The building has won many awards for the architecture due to the unique use of natural lighting, metal and wood. From the rammed earth wall to the 150 year old jarrah wood floor boards used in Hickinbotham Hall, the National Wine Centre has the unique and incomparable feel of being in a winery or vineyard. Natural products were used to create the building in the shape and design of an oak barrel.
If you would like to learn more about the design brief for the National Wine Centre and the architects please download the Architectural Design Statement.
Download: Architectural Design Statement
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