State Library of South Australia

Pearls and wine

Date: 24 March 2017 to 28 May 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Ante Chamber, Institute Building

Note: Free entry | Closed public holidays

Boys and men working in a vineyard circa 1900
Boys and men working in a vineyard circa 1900

Discover the story behind Barossa Pearl sparkling wine, and see highlights from the Library's diverse wine collections.

Barossa Pearl, created by Orlando in 1956, is credited with introducing thousands of South Australians to table wine. Selling 21 million bottles Australia-wide, Barossa Pearl became part of popular culture.

See the distinctive bottles with their glamorous pink and green labels, a promotional film, and a transcript of an interview with its creator Colin Gramp.

Also on display are collection items relating to making and tasting wine, including:

  • menus and wine lists
  • various devices for describing aromas
  • an early wine cask design
  • winery tasting notes
  • rare books from the 1700s, and
  • a Spanish grape crushing boot.

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