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17/10/2008

Peter Dry steps down, but not out

One of Australia's best-known wine industry researchers, Associate Professor Peter Dry, stepped down from his position with the University of Adelaide at the end of August.

Peter's achievements in viticultural science and teaching were celebrated yesterday with a gathering of friends, peers and colleagues at the University of Adelaide's Waite Campus. Guest speakers included Dr Richard Smart, Dr Patrick Iland, Professor Brian Loveys and viticultural consultant Di Davidson.

While Peter is stepping down from the full-time rigour of research and education, he will remain involved with the wine industry via his position on the editorial panel of Winetitles' Australian Viticulture and The Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal. At the time of the 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in late July 2007, editor Lauren Jones spoke with Peter about the highlights of his career and the legacy that he has given the industry.

Published in the September/October 2007 issue of Australian Viticulture, Peter said the most satisfying part of his academic career had been his “involvement in the development of thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to become some of the most prominent wine industry people all over the world.” He echoed these sentiments at yesterday’s farewell, with a further report and pictorial to be published in the forthcoming November/December issues of Australian Viticulture and The Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal. Colleagues and students of Peter’s are invited to contribute their reflections and acknowledgements of his career and achievements to Lauren Jones at , before Wednesday 22 October.

Peter will continue to supervise PhD candidates of the university and will take up the reins of a viticulture consultancy role with the Australian Wine Research Institute at the end of October.

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