Tasting Australia

We’re honoured to be a 2022 Premier Partner of Tasting Australia, the country’s largest eating and drinking festival.

Running from 29 April to 8 May, the South Australia-wide festival brings together the nation’s leading producers, chefs and winemakers to create and celebrate excellence in their respective fields. In doing so, it highlights the incredible influence that our University has had, and continues to have, on these pivotal Australian industries—a remarkable number of those hosting Tasting Australia events this year are University of Adelaide alumni.

Official program

To view the full Tasting Australia program, 29 April to 8 May 2022, and to book event tickets, visit the Tasting Australia website.

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A proud history of industry support

Our 2022 partnership with Tasting Australia is just the latest step in almost a century of University of Adelaide support for Australia’s globally renowned food and wine industries.

Established in 1924, our Waite campus today houses the third largest concentration of agricultural research and teaching expertise found anywhere in the world. ‘The Waite’ has played a huge part in not only educating and inspiring our nation’s outstanding food, wine and produce-growing talent, but expanding the boundaries of knowledge in all contributing disciplines.

  • History in wine

    • Largest teaching winery in Australia.
    • On-campus vineyard, featuring a wide range of red and white varieties.
    • 70% of Australia’s wine and grape science research produced at Waite campus.
    • Leading research into combatting bushfire smoke taint.
  • History in food

    • Co-produced, in collaboration with Riviera Bakery, a range of gluten-free and nutritionally enhanced breads with taste and texture comparable to that of regular bread.
    • Leading research into the accurate, consumer-friendly description of edible insects’ flavours and textures.
    • Leading research into the complex factors influencing Australian consumers’ food choices.
  • History in agriculture

    • Bred and released 17 new barley, faba bean, durum wheat and bread wheat varieties since 2014.
    • Bred and released 6 new Australian almond varieties since 2016.
    • Leading innovative research into off-Earth production of fresh, nutritious food to enable long-term crewed space exploration.

Meet our emerging stars

Say hello to some of the talented University of Adelaide food and wine alumni currently making a splash on the professional stage, including at Tasting Australia 2022.

Kayla Grigoriou Needle and Pin

Kayla Grigoriou - Master Distiller, Needle and Pin Spirits

Kayla completed her Fundamentals of Spirit Production at the University of Adelaide in 2018, and founded Needle and Pin Distillery in 2019.

Working exclusively with sustainably produced grapes and botanicals from South Australia’s Riverland region, her signature gins and grappa are getting attention throughout Australia and internationally. Kayla’s spirits were recognised among the Drink Easy Top 10 Gins in 2019, and won a Design Gold medal at the 2020 World Gin Awards. She also collected the 2020 Tasting Australia Alternate Spirit gold medal.

You can sample some of Kayla’s spirits at Lonley Hearts x Needle and Pin: long table lunch.

Needle and Pin Spirits Register for event


Sholto Broderick at Basket Range Wines

Sholto Broderick - Winemaker, Basket Range Wines

Sholto is currently studying a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide, but actually began making wine, with his brother Louis, at his family’s Basket Range vineyard from 2016.

A 2020 finalist in the Young Gun of Wine Top Winemakers awards, Sholto—together with his brother—works with the family’s organically grown fruit to produce wines of great depth and complexity, made with minimal intervention and no additives (other than the occasional dash of sulphur).

You can learn more about Sholto and his winemaking practice at the Hidden Hands: Artisan Wine Makers of South Australia event.

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Paul Hotker Bleasdale Wines

Paul Hotker - Senior Winemaker, Bleasdale

Paul completed his Bachelor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2002, and began working with Bleasdale wines in South Australia’s Langhorne Creek region in 2007.

A quiet achiever, Paul is now recognised as one of the country’s most outstanding winemakers, having recently won two of the Australian wine industry’s highest honours: James Halliday Wine Maker of the Year (2018), and the Jimmy Watson trophy (2019).

You can learn more about Paul and his wines at the Sparkling Red brunch.

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Become a future star yourself

Ready to turn your passion for food, wine or produce into a rewarding career? Perhaps you’re already on your way and want to kick into a higher gear? Maybe it’s the business side of the industries that appeals to you? Wherever you see your future, our world-class degrees and short courses can help you get there.