Wine alumni network news

December 2019 edition

Patrick Iland

Patron's message

2019 has certainly gone quickly. The Wine Industry Technical Conference was the highlight of 2019 and many alumni attended. Several alumni gave formal presentations and others organised and participated in the workshop program. It is great to see alumni giving back to the industry in this way. There was a positive vibe for the future of the wine industry among the attendees. Read more

New Head of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Internationally recognised food scientist and leader of research organisations in Australia and United States Professor Martin Cole has been appointed the new Head of the University's School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Described as an “influential, inspirational and visionary leader”, Professor Cole has been in leadership positions with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) for the past 10 years, and is currently Deputy Director of CSIRO Agriculture and Food. Read more

Wine Alumni Network Patron Patrick Iland with an alumna

Wine Alumni Network events

This year we held two events for wine alumni.

We had a lovely time catching up at the Wine Alumni Network Breakfast which was held on Tuesday 23 July during the 17th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference. Photos from the event are now available

In addition, the Network hosted a celebratory dinner for students who will graduate in 2020 on Monday 25 November. Photos from the event are available here.

2020 Wine Reunions

In 2020, the University is organising two wine alumni reunions:

Roseworthy Wine Reunion for all Roseworthy wine alumni who graduated before and in 1994, including the last intake at Roseworthy Agricultural College

1995 – 1999 Wine Reunion for all wine alumni who graduated between 1995 – 1999 (inclusive)

Formal reunion invitations will be sent out early next year. If you would like to be involved with organising the event, please contact Carolyn McLean, Alumni Relations Officer (Sciences) at

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Wine Alumni Network Facebook group

The Network now has a Facebook group dedicated to reconnecting wine alumni and mentoring current students. This group brings together alumni from Roseworthy Agricultural College and the University of Adelaide from viticulture, oenology, wine business and wine marketing.

This is a space to share your stories, seek advice and advertise employment opportunities to fellow alumni and students. If you are not already a member and would like to become one please join the group.