Located on Wright St in the city is a new funky wine bar called Urban Wine Room which celebrates all things South Australia, with only 100% SA-based produce on offer.
Opening just three weeks ago, Urban Wine Room boasts sustainable, seasonal produce and a great selection of local wines. If wine isn’t really your thing though (ya weirdos), local craft beers will hopefully be available for you to enjoy in the coming warmer months; seems like the guys are having a little bit of trouble getting confirmation to stock beer, but don’t fret because there’s plenty of other offerings. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s a range of cheese and charcuterie boards with antipasto plates becoming available in the summer.
With a total of 100 seats, including 60 indoor and 40 outside so you can soak up those rays as the summer sun hits, Urban Wine Room has a cellar door vibe without being too stuffy. A relaxed and authentic style is what they’re all about, something that Urban Wine Room manager and owner of VHS wines, Sam Smith, thinks is hard to come by in Adelaide wine bars. Sam has also taken the liberty of creating a playlist solely of Saint Germain and Massive Attack, some of his favourite artists, to create an “ambient, textured vibe”.
Sam believes it’s important to showcase wines from the Riverland region and demonstrate its potential compared to major players from the Clare Valley and Barossa regions. The first vines in Waikerie, on the south bank of the Murray River were planted by Reg Curtis after migrating from England post World War II. Eighty years later, Reg’s grandson, Scott Curtis, has endeavored to revive the Riverland region and it’s grape-growing ventures. Although the Riverland has had a volatile history with grape growing, it’s future looks bright thanks to the efforts of growers and winemakers alike.
Urban Wine Room
Where: 33-37 Wright Street, Adelaide City
Monday – Thursday 8 till 5 pm
Friday 8 am till 10 pm
Saturday 10 till 10 pm
Check out Urban Wine Room’s menu and read more about their story here.