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Try Grange for a song

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It brought Barry O’Farrell’s political career to a sudden end – do you want a chance to sample Penfolds’ iconic Grange for a bargain?

Visitors to The National Wine Centre‘s new Tasting Room in Adelaide’s CBD can now sample the the country’s most famous drops, including Penfolds Grange and the venerable Hill of Grace by Henschke.

The Centre has invested $350,000 in 14 high-tech Enomatic dispensers, which pour at optimal tasting temperatures in either a 25ml taste, half glass or full glass.

While some bottles would be priced at over $600, a taste of Penfolds will cost $27.50, a half glass $75 or a full glass for $150 – far more in reach for a would-be wine enthusiast.


Punters can try 120 emblematic wines by swiping a ‘wine card’ in the new dispensers, pictured above.

NWC General Manager Adrian Emeny said that the machines will complement the Centre’s renovation of its exhibition space, extended tasting opening hours and new food and wine event schedule.

“The significant investment comes as consumer trends change and demand for modern convenience continues to grow,” Emeny said.

With wines from across Australia, the NWC is hoping to attract more visitors and tourists who might not have time to travel to regions such as the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Clare Valley.

“We will officially launch our new look Tasting Room appropriately called ‘Wined’,” Emeny said. “It’s all about going back to what the venue was originally designed to be – about education and the full experience associated with wine.”