Wine Alumni make a fine blend
With an international reputation for excellence in wine education, Roseworthy Agricultural College and the University of Adelaide have produced some of the world's finest viticulturists, winemakers and wine marketers.
The recently launched Wine Alumni Network aims to harness this talent to further strengthen the already close-knit wine community.
Driven by both staff and alumni, the network will serve as a connection between multiple generations of staff and students who have studied, taught and researched viticulture, winemaking or wine business at both Roseworthy and Waite. Many of these alumni have gone on to make major contributions to the wine industry in Australia and around the world.
The inaugural Patron of the Wine Alumni Network is Dr Patrick Iland OAM, who has 40 years of teaching and research experience at both Roseworthy and Waite campuses.
Now retired from the University, Dr Iland writes and publishes wine books with former colleagues and graduates and maintains links with the University through his role as a Visiting Research Fellow.
Dr Iland says the formation of the Network is largely due to the efforts of Dr Paul Grbin, Senior Lecturer in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine; the University of Adelaide's Development and Alumni Office; and a group of interested and proactive alumni from all walks of the wine industry.
"It's about friendships and networking and building a group that feels that they belong to a larger community," says Dr Iland of the new network.
"In a way, this is an acknowledgement and formalisation of the many useful relationships that already exist between our alumni within the wine industry."
Wine Alumni Network members will be kept informed through an e-newsletter which will carry news of the activities and achievements of alumni and of current happenings at the University.
Dr Iland says there will also be regional events providing opportunities for people to get together and acknowledge the common link between them through their place of study.
To join the Wine Alumni Network, sign in (or request an account) at Adelaide onLION and select "Wine Alumni" from the Alumni Networks tab in your profile.
story by Genevieve Sanchez