This series of workshops provides an opportunity for students to collect valuable information from alumni about various career tracks. The relaxed and intimate workshops included small-group discussions where students were encouraged to ask questions about entering the professional world.

Held at the Waite campus and sponsored by the ASVO provides a forum for the University alumni to share their wealth of professional and life experience with students, to help them in making the transition from university to their career.We are looking for alumni to host Vintage Conversations in 2019.

Do you have an interesting 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.

September 2019 Stephen Pannell, SC Pannell

Based in McLaren Vale, Steve has a unique bond with the Vale, it’s micro-climates, growers and, culture. Perhaps most importantly it is the Vale’s ability to produce dry-grown and environmentally sustainable Grenache, Tempranillo, Touriga and Shiraz that drives Steve’s passion and formed his winemaking philosophy:


August 2019 Stuart Bourne, Soul Growers

“Grapegrowers are the soul of the Valley,” says Stuart, the winemaker. “The Barossa is a massive tapestry of growers, and the 21 growers who supply the fruit for our wines are the soul of our business.

“For us, it’s about the families that grow the grapes. This tapestry of old families. Of the 21 growers we work with, 12 are fifth generation or more. Many of these growers we’ve worked with over our shared decades in the wine industry. We know them intimately. This relationship between grower and maker is at the core of our business.”

June 2019 Alexia Roberts

Alexia is an award-winning winemaker based in McLaren Vale. Alexia has been the Group Winemaker for Penny’s Hill since 2013.

May 2019 Brooke Howell and Daniela Gaggl, Yalumba

2018 October Corrina Wright

Corrina Wright shared her own personal pathway to success and the struggles of being female in a male dominated industry.