With 120 different wines able to be tasted, Wined Bar enables you to sample each of South Australia’s wine regions without leaving the Adelaide CBD, and if that wasn’t incentive enough, the whole thing also works in a very unique way that turns wine tasting into somewhat of an interactive game! Each wine is displayed in a sealed case, assisting with temperature control, from which extends a short, silver tube. Above each wine you will see three prices – a price for a tasting, a price for a half glass of wine and then a price for a full glass. After handing in either your driver’s licence or credit card to one of the super-friendly bar staff, you will be given a tab-card that you then use to access each of the wines around the room. You can meander around, decide on what you would like to taste or quaff, then you insert your card, choose your measurement of wine, have it charged to your tab, put your glass to your lips and voila! You are in the Coonawarra! As I learned, this self-serve ability, whilst fun and unusual, can result in a fairly sizeable tab being racked up rather quickly – a glass of a delightful riesling over here, a sip of a delicious buttery chardonnay over there… a cheeky taste of the $120-per-glass Penfolds Grange…!
The bar staff at Wined Bar are well versed in the wines available and are always more than happy to offer you guidance or answer any questions you might have about the wine or the region from which it comes – if they don’t know the answer, they will find out for you. They will also quite happily bring you food, as Wined Bar offers a seasonal menu and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week – mind you, breakfast is slightly limited on week days so just be aware of that one.
With views over the Botanic Gardens and only a short walk through parklands from the East End, Wined Bar is certainly a novel way to enjoy some great South Australian wine.
On the corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, right here.
Open weekdays from 8am until 9pm, Saturdays from 9am until 9pm and Sundays from 9am until 7pm – these folks work hard! The only days they’re not open are Christmas and Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. Otherwise, go your hardest! Responsibly, of course.