Wine alumni network news

Patrick Iland

Patron's message

This time of the year brings vintage and a new intake of students in the University of Adelaide's wine courses.

I wish alumni all the best for the coming vintage. It is a busy, and at times, challenging period, but also the most creative time in the wine year. To take a batch of grapes and carry them through the wine making process to produce a drink, that at sometime in the future a person will enjoy, is a great achievement. Read more.

Wine Alumni Network Breakfast

The Wine Alumni Network will host a Breakfast during the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide.

We hope you will be able to join us.

Date Tuesday 23 July 2019
Time 7:00am-8:15am
Venue Adelaide Convention Centre
Tickets $50.00 per person (GST included)
RSVP By Friday 12 July 2019
More info Paul Grbin – or Carolyn McLean –


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1985-89 Wine Reunion

On Saturday 5 October 2019, we will host a reunion for alumni who graduated from a wine program at Roseworthy Agricultural College between 1985 and 1989. More details will be updated on our website soon.

If you are a part of this cohort or know someone who is and would like more information, please contact Carolyn McLean -

Vintage Conversations

Vintage Conversations was created to open dialogue between Wine Alumni and current students in a casual way, outside of academic lectures.

We are very excited to announce the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology will be sponsoring six Vintage Conversations for 2019. 

Check out our website for future Vintage Conversations. 

We would love to hear from alumni who are traveling through Adelaide. If you would like to host a Vintage Conversation, please contact Jill Bauer –

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2019 Graduating Dinner

The Wine Alumni Network hosted a celebratory dinner in November 2018 for students who will graduate in 2019. We wish the graduates the best with their future endeavours.

View the photos from the night.

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Introducing Ben Pike

After leaving a successful career in hospitality, Ben enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (Viticulture) in 2002, graduating in 2006. After gaining valuable viticulture experience in McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, he returned to Waite to take over the management of the campus vineyards and orchards from the soon to retire Peter Dry.

Over his seven years in the role, Ben increased student participation in many aspects of practical vineyard management and implemented several systems to better manage research and teaching demands in the vineyard and orchard areas.

During this time, he also completed his Masters by Research. In 2015, Ben was seconded into an administration role for the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. He held this position until the end of 2018 when he successfully applied for the new Associate Lecturer's role in both the Viticulture and Agriculture. The role includes an increased teaching load and ongoing oversight of vineyard and orchard management for the campus

Ben is looking forward to the challenge of the new position and is already enjoying the increased interaction with students. At some point this year he will be enrolling as a PhD candidate.

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