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Reunion for Roseworthy and Adelaide Uni Wine Alumni

Roseworthy Agricultural College has established a reputation as one of the world's foremost institutions for teaching winemaking and viticulture. The College has had a long and distinguished history of producing graduates who supported the Australian wine sector, and more recently extending their influence internationally.

A former Senior Lecturer in Viticulture and Dean of Oenology Dr Richard Smart has combined forces with an ex-student Tony Royal to organise the first Roseworthy Wine Reunion – “Plonkies for a Cause” on the 30th of July. The timing of this reunion is coincident with the triennial Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference to be held in Adelaide from the 28th of July to the 2nd of August. The majority of practitioners in the Australian wine sector attend this conference.

The reunion is designed for people who now work in the wine sector and who can trace links to Roseworthy College. Of course this will include the first graduates with the Roseworthy Diploma in Oenology (RDO) qualification and some also who studied agriculture and subsequently worked in grape or wine production. In 1978 the Roseworthy course was modified to become a three-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree, and as well other qualifications were introduced being the Associate Diploma in Wine Marketing and the Graduate Diploma in Wine. In 1991 as a result of a merger with the University of Adelaide, four-year degree courses BAgSc (Vit) and BAgSci (Oen) were offered and instruction was transferred to Adelaide University campus at the Waite. As well, other courses were introduced including Masters and PhD, and Wine Marketing.

Richard and Tony thought that the time has long since passed when Roseworthy “plonkies”, as they were known, should have a reunion. They have secured corporate sponsorship for the event from Portavin, Amcor Glass and Motiv Design, and the charity “Canteen” will be the beneficiary of the event.

The Roseworthy Wine Reunion will cover graduates of the Roseworthy and University of Adelaide grape and wine related courses, and teaching and ancillary staff. The event will be widely promoted in trade publications and the general media. The organizers are anxious to reach as many graduates as possible, so please ensure your friends know of this event.

Portavin South Australia will be the contact point for organizing the reunion. Persons interested in attending the reunion should register with Portavin on 08 8447 75555, or email ">a

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