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Course FAQ’s

Perfumes and Aftershaves

We ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes and aftershaves as the scent can distract from the aroma of the wine.

Standard Drinks - Please be aware of this if you are driving.

In a Wine Essentials Course, you will be tasting eight wines over three hours, equivalent to between two to three standard drinks if you consume it all.

In an Understanding Wine 5-week Course, you will be tasting four wines over two hours in the first week and between six and eight wines over two hours in the weeks that follow. This would be the equivalent of between one and four standard drinks if you were to consume it all.

In an Understanding Wine Weekend Course, you will be tasting sixteen wines over five hours in the first week and eighteen wines over five hours in the second week, which is the equivalent of between three to four standard drinks if you were to consume only 30ml of each (it is likely the pours will be more generous than 30ml).

It is not a requirement of the course to drink all of the wine you taste, and individual spittoons are supplied for those who wish to use them.

We remind all of our participants that what you drink will impact your blood alcohol level so please consider how you will be travelling home from the course to avoid risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol.


The National Wine Centre,

Cnr of Botanic and Hackney Roads

The class will be in the Broughton Room on the ground floor

Facilities at the National Wine Centre

Click here to see the most up-to-date National Wine Centre and Wined Bar opening hours.

Click here for parking and accessibility information for the National Wine Centre.

Lunch for weekend courses

A light lunch is supplied as part of your course fees for the weekend course. Please email us at admin@winesa.asn.au if you have any dietary restrictions or requirement as soon as possible.


Public Transport

We would recommend contacting Adelaide Metro toll free: 1300 311 108 or view the Adelaide Metro Journey Planner for itineraries and timetables.

Arriving by Taxi
For the National Wine Centre ask the driver to drop you off at the Hackney Road entrance.

The National Wine Centre provides bicycle rails underneath the main entrance ramp.


There is parking available in the carpark directly out the front of The National Wine Centre off Hackney Road. Parking bays usually reserved are free after 6pm. Entrance into this carpark can only be made by heading north along Hackney Road and turning left into the car park.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to those that have completed all sessions the Understanding Wine course. If you miss a session and wish to attend a catch up class, please contact our office to re-arrange your classes (subject to availability)

Gift Vouchers for our Wine Education Courses are available all year round HERE and can be purchased at values of:


$80 (+ GST) – the cost of one person attending our Wine Essentials course, a three-hour introduction to wine.

$245 (+ GST) – the cost of one person attending our Understanding Wine five-week course, an in depth look into wine styles, varieties, blends, and regions.

$245 (+ GST) – the cost of one person attending our Understanding Wine course presented over two consecutive Saturdays.


Gift Vouchers are valid for 36 months from date of purchase.


Gift Vouchers can also be purchased to an amount of your choosing over the phone by calling the South Australian Wine Industry Association on 08 8222 9277.