A Taste of Wine History – at the South Australian State Library


The South Australian Wine Industry Association will host 8 South Australian wineries on 13 May at the State Library of South Australia, for A Taste of Wine History, a pop-up wine event, bringing together wine and history as a part of South Australia’s 2022 History Festival.

Take a step back in time in the stunning Morlock Wing and immerse yourself in the tastes and tales of Bec Hardy WinesGolding WinesKarrawattaKay Brothers, LiebichweinMajella WinesSchild Estate Wines and Woodstock Wines.

There are 2, two-hour sessions for this event, the first 3pm to 5pm and the second 6pm to 8pm. As a very special treat, a lecture from historian Carolyn Spooner titled ‘Wonderful World of Wine’, will take place in the intermission between the two sessions at 5.15pm. This is free but bookings are essential to secure your place.

Winemaking is an integral part of the South Australian story, reflected in the State Library’s collections of historical and contemporary material,” Carolyn Spooner said. “The State Library can trace the origins of the South Australian Wine Industry Association in our collections back to wine aficionado, chemist and booklover, Henry Watson in 1838. Find out about the ongoing connection between Thomas Hardy & Sons, now Accolade Wines, and the State Library.”

Included in the $20 (+ booking fee) ticket price for A Taste of Wine History sessions is an individual cheese platter served up by Food Lore. Additionally, a Great Wine Capital wine glass is yours to keep and two tasting tokens for the wineries in attendance are allocated to you to redeem. Once your tasting tokens have been exchanged, wine will be available for purchase directly from the wineries by the half-glass, glass or bottle, or packaged and taken home.

A Taste of Wine History is presented by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and Adelaide, South Australia – a Great Wine Capital of the World.

WineLab at MOD. – Friday Knock-offs with a difference

UniSA’s futuristic Museum of Discovery (MOD.) will host 14 South Australian wineries on 26 November 2021 for WineLab, where wine, art and science will intersect to take you on a cross-sensory journey.

Immerse yourself the lights and sounds of the museum and sip wines from Bec Hardy Wines, Bremerton WinesChateau Yaldara – 1847 WinesClaymore WinesGatt WinesGolding WinesKay BrothersMajellaMount Benson EstateSchild EstateSevenhill CellarsSilent Noise WineSmall Victories Wine Co. and The Pawn Wine Co., while listening to tunes selected by the wineries as an auditory wine pairing.

The event will also be the last chance for the public to view MOD.’s current exhibition IT’S COMPLICATED, an exhibition that pulls back the curtain on what seems simple to reveal just how complicated and complex the world can be.

To accompany the delicious drops will be tasty morsels served up by Food Lore. Food is included in the ticket price which is $20 + booking fee. This also gets you a Great Wine Capital wine glass to keep and two tasting tokens allocated to the wineries in attendance for you to redeem.

Once your tasting tokens have been exchanged, wine will be available for purchase directly from the wineries by the half-glass, glass or bottle, or packaged and taken home.

There are 2, two-hour sessions for this event, the first 4.30pm to 6.30pm and the second 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are limited so getting in early is advised to avoid missing out.


WineLab is presented by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), MOD. and Adelaide, a Great Wine Capital of the World, and celebrates 2021 the Year of South Australian Wine.



NWETC & Study Adelaide’s SA Wine Showcase 2021

The SA Wine Showcase, run by SAWIA in collaboration with Study Adelaide, was held on Wednesday 25 August at the National Wine Centre.

Now in its 9th year, the event saw 80 Adelaide-based international students tasting wines from 7 SA wineries – Claymore Wines, XO Wine Co, Gatt Wines, Schild Estate, Vineyard Road Cellar Door, Yalumba and St Mary’s Wines and Spirits – and the National Wine Education & Training Centre.

Run like a speed dating event, wineries spoke to each table about their brand, wine, winery, and region before moving around the room to the next table.

Students who attended were from all over the world including Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Peru, Colombia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand, Brazil, Nepal, Singapore and the Philippines. Feedback about the event from the wineries involved and the students who attended was overwhelmingly positive. All those who participated were excited to be together and to celebrate South Australian wine.


RESERVED, wine at the South Australian Museum

Exclusive wines, tunes and a night at the South Australian Museum

Bottles of wine are being brought up from cellars and dusted off in preparation for the pop-up event RESERVED wine at the South Australian Museum, on Friday 25 June.

15 South Australian wineries will be serving reserved, museum release, back-vintage, cellar-door-only and hard-to-find wines from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Listen to tunes supplied by a local DJ while you sip wines from Bec Hardy Wines & Pertaringa, Bleasdale, Chateau Yaldara – 1847 Wines, Gatt Wines, Hentley Farm, Kirrihill, Karrawatta, Knappstein Wines, Levrier by Jo Irvine, Loom Wine, Schild Estate Wines, The Pawn Wine Co., Thistledown Wine Company, Woodstock Wines and Zonte’s Footstep and soak up the amazing exhibits in the Mammals and Pacific Cultures Galleries.

Chief Executive of the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) Brian Smedley says he is excited to be hosting pop-up wine events again.

“We’re thrilled to once again be able to bring a selection of South Australia’s best wineries from our regions to the CBD after a brief event hiatus due to COVID restrictions,” he said.

Bec Hardy and her team will be at RESERVED sharing their unique wines. A 6th generation member of one of Australia’s oldest wine families, Bec will be pouring wines from her Pertaringa and Bec Hardy brands. One of their museum release wines on pour will be the 2016 Pertaringa Over the Top Shiraz.

“This wine acknowledges the very best site, climate, vines and production techniques, hence its name,” Bec says. “The 2016 museum release showcases how amazingly well this McLaren Vale Shiraz develops with a few years in the cellar.”

To accompany these perfectly aged drops will be tasty bites served up by the team at the South Australian Museum. Food is included in the ticket price which is $20 + booking fee. This also gets you a Great Wine Capital wine glass to keep and two tasting tokens to be redeemed at any of the wineries.

Once your tasting tokens have been redeemed, wine will be available for purchase directly from the wineries by the half-glass, the glass, the bottle or to be packaged and taken home.

RESERVED is presented by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and Adelaide a Great Wine Capital of the World, and celebrates 2021 the Year of South Australian Wine.


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NWETC Wine Education Course Schedule Resumes

We are pleased to announce that the National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC) course schedule has resumed, starting with a Wine Essentials on 22 July 2020 .

COVID-19 restrictions have eased to a point where we are now able to resume our courses in a safe manner by following a COVID-Safe plan, without compromising the fun and interactive nature of our courses. Some of the measures that we and the National Wine Centre are continuing or implementing include the following;

  • Tables will be set to support the physical distancing principal of at least 1.5m of separation where possible
  • Specific restrooms will be allocated to NWETC classes to ensure that there is no crossover between different groups within the National Wine Centre
  • Hand sanitiser stations are positioned at various locations around the National Wine Centre, and hand-washing facilities, hand sanitiser, paper towel and tissues will be available in the NWETC classroom
  • Course participants will be asked to bring their own pen and not to share pens during the class
  • There will be absolutely no sharing of glassware in NWETC classes
  • Course participants will be asked to carefully empty any wine remaining in their glasses and spittoons at the end of the class
  • Participants will be provided with individual rather than shared spittoons
  • All wine will be poured out by the educator so that wine bottles are not being passed from person to person
  • Staff at the National Wine Centre have undertaken supplementary training in relation to COVID-19 and a dedicated Hygiene Officer will be present at all times

Click this link to download a comprehensive NWETC COVID-Safe Plan.

We are so excited to be hosting our classes once again, and can’t wait to share some wine and our wine knowledge with you.

Click HERE see the courses we have coming up and make a booking.

Pair shiraz with slow braised beef

Gardiane de taureau (Rancher’s beef)

a Caroline Conran recipe

800g shin of beef; 1 litre of red wine; 3 onions, sliced; 2 tbsp vinegar; 3 cloves; 3 sprigs of thyme; 3 bay leaves; 3 sprigs of rosemary; 2 strips of orange peel; 3-4 tbsp of olive oil; 2 tbsp flour; 12 green and 12 black olives; salt and coarsely ground black pepper.

Cut the beef into large (5cm) pieces, place them in a dish and cover with red wine,
onions, vinegar, spices, herbs and orange peel and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix it and marinate for 24 hours to tenderize and flavour the beef. Drain off the liquid, keeping the marinade for cooking the beef. Pat the meat dry with kitchen paper.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a casserole, coat the meat with flour and brown very thoroughly, in batches, a few pieces at a time, adding a tablespoon of olive oil after each batch. Pour the marinade over the meat, add the olives, and season with salt and masses of pepper. Simmer gently for 2-3 hours with the lid on. If there is too much sauce, remove the lid and simmer for a further 15-20 minutes.

This will taste better and better if kept a day or two.

Serve with your choice of cooked green vegetables and a glass of cool climate Shiraz (Syrah).

(Serves 4)

Pair pinot with pasta


Pasta with sausage, cavolo nero and mushrooms

adapted from a David Latt for the New York Times recipe

1 small bunch of cavolo nero, washed and ribs removed, torn into pieces; 4 Italian sausages; 200g brown mushrooms*, sliced; 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped; 4 shallots, peeled and finely chopped; 1 tbsp of olive oil; 2 cups of chicken stock; 1 tbsp butter; salt and coarsely ground black pepper; 1/2 cup of Parmesan; 500g dried pasta (shape of your choice)*

Squeeze sausages out of their casings and sauté in a hot pan with olive oil until slightly browned. Set aside. Lightly brown the cavolo nero in olive oil and set aside. Add the
mushrooms, shallots and garlic to the pan and sauté until lightly browned. Turn down the heat to medium, return the kale and sausage to the pan along with the stock and butter. Cook for 15 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half.

Taste and adjust seasoning. Add in pasta that has been cooked al dente in water that tastes like the sea and toss to coat in the sauce.

Serve with Parmesan and a glass of Australian Pinot Noir (from Mornington Peninsular, Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills or Tasmania).

* for an easy mid-week meal, use ingredients listed, but for something fancy consider sourcing some fresh porcini and using fresh papardelle pasta

(Serves 5+)

Buy Mum a NWETC gift voucher this Mother’s Day

How are you and your Mum going to celebrate when restrictions are lifted?

This Mother’s Day, give mum something to look forward to once we are back to (the new) normal.

National Wine Education & Training Centre Gift Vouchers are available for each of our wine education courses, and you know, they’re even more fun when you go along with your mum!


Wine Essentials – $72 (Ex-GST) per person. Three-hour introduction to wine education.
Understanding Wine – $215 (Ex-GST) per person. Five-week evening course for the wine enthusiast.
Understanding Wine Weekend Course – $225 (Ex-GST) per person. Delivered over two consecutive Saturdays, lunch included


The National Wine Education and Training Centre will resume our face-to-face courses as soon as we are able. We are excited see you all when we can, and in the mean time make sure to support our local wine industry where you can.


Once purchased a voucher will be emailed to the email address provided to be printed by you and presented to the lucky recipient.
If you wish to have a personalised voucher made, please email admin@winesa.asn.au directly after your purchase.
If you wish to purchase a voucher for an amount different to those listed above, please call the South Australian Wine Industry Association on 08 8222 9277.
Gift Voucher recipients are also to call 08 8222 9277 to redeem their voucher and book their desired course.
Gift vouchers are valid for 36 months from date of purchase.

Cancelled courses as a response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to current circumstances and advice surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Australian Wine Industry Association has made the decision to cancel all National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC) courses up until the end of June 2020.

All those booked into these courses will be contacted individually with the offer of a voucher to be used for rebooking a course once they have resumed, or a full refund.

If you have any questions at all regarding this decision or on NWETC courses generally, please contact Claire Wald on 82229271 or claire@winesa.asn.au.

Cellar Door Fest 2020

We are excited to be joining in the fun at this year’s Cellar Door Fest where we will be presenting a selection of Masterclasses and also have a stand in the main hall.

2020 is the special 10th birthday edition of the Cellar Door Fest as it celebrates South Australia’s best with over 150 local wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers all under one roof at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

If you want to learn more about wine, come and talk with us about joining our wine education courses. We cater to a range of interests and palates – from those looking to simply have fun wine times with family and friends through to those looking to work in the wine industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!