Wine alumni network news

May 2020 edition

Patrick Iland

Patron's message

It is, as you are all aware, an unusual and challenging time for all alumni and their families and friends. Life has changed dramatically. Judith and I extend our warmest concerns and support to you in getting through this time of drought, fires and COVID-19. It is a time for ‘our time’ much more than ‘my time’ — as many have said we are all in this together. As an alumnus I ask you to look out for your fellow alumni — perhaps get in touch with former classmates and ask ‘are you ok?’.  Read more

Bushfire relief update

The beginning of the year saw bushfires devastate wineries around the country. University of Adelaide staff, especially those at Waite Winery, have been assisting alumni and wineries with the clean-up, smoke taint testing, storage and general community support.

There was a great response from alumni, students, friends, family and family of students who collectively clocked up hundreds of hours of volunteering to help. An incredible effort to support our community. Thank you.

Read more about the University's response and research into Australian bushfires.


Wine reunions

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following reunions have been postponed:

Roseworthy Wine Pre 94 Reunion
Saturday 24 July 2021

1995-1999 Wine Reunion
Saturday 19 June 2021

Formal invitations will be sent out shortly.

While we are unable to hold the reunions this year we invite alumni from those cohorts to still celebrate from home. Please take a picture holding a glass of wine or among the vineyards and email it to Carolyn McLean by 31 July 2020. Please include your name, where you are and your favourite memory. We hope to use these pictures in the lead up and on the night of the reunions.

A small please to help our students

A message from Paul Grbin and Jill Bauer

Since March, viticulture and winemaking students have been isolated from the Waite Campus and the winery. As a result, we have been running Winemaking at Vintage via Zoom to continue to include students in their winery projects. While we cannot replace the practical, hands-on nature, we are hoping to supplement their learning through a series of videos with you, industry winemakers, discussing one wine from maturity sampling to bottling.

We are looking for a short five minute video of alumni discussing one wine with as much detail as you would be willing to share – can be very low-key, straight forward or entertaining as you like - we would love for the video to reflect your personality, approach and philosophy. For more information on what to include, and if you are able to help please contact Jill Bauer on or +61 8 8313 6770.

We feel for this group of students. They began the year very keen and they have largely been excluded from what we know is a highlight of this degree – for many/most it’s the  first opportunity they have to make wine and they have been locked out.

We thank you in advance for your support.

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XII International Terroir Congress

The University of Adelaide is the host of the XIII International Terroir Congress, scheduled from Sunday 15 November 2020 to Friday 20 November 2020 in Adelaide.

A decision about whether to postpone the event because of COVID-19 will be made in June/early July 2020. Please hold off booking flights and accommodation until the organising committee has confirmed if it will go ahead. Read more.


AWRI webinars

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is holding a series of webinars to assist growers with vineyards recovering from fire damage. The webinars will talk about re-establishing fire damaged vineyards through winter pruning and preparation, and training fire damaged vines and replants.  More information and registration.

Vintage conversations

Would you like to share your story or tips for students? If so, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in being part of the Vintage Conversations program, please contact Jill Bauer.

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Wine alumni network facebook group

The Wine Alumni 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.

Winery initiatives

The landscape of wineries and how they operate is changing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are offering a new virtual initiative or another innovative approach to business, we would love to hear from you, please contact Carolyn McLean.