Patrick Iland OAM
Prior to beginning an Academic career Patrick was employed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in various research capacities. He began his academic career in 1976 and has been involved in teaching and research in the areas of grape and wine chemistry for over 40 years.
At Roseworthy Agricultural College (1976-1992) he lectured in a range of subject topics including wine chemistry, viticulture and sensory evaluation. During this time he completed a Masters Degree in Viticulture investigating aspects of acidity and colour development in grapes. In this research he studied the effects of viticultural practices on grape and wine colour of Shiraz and Pinot Noir. Later, his interest in the links between grapes and wines was extended through his PhD studies where he developed a method for measuring grape colour. This method is now used in the Australian wine industry for research purposes and by the larger wine companies to aid in assessing the suitability of a batch of fruit for specific wine styles. When Roseworthy Agricultural College amalgamated with The University of Adelaide in 1991, he joined the Viticulture group in the new Department of Horticulture, Viticulture and Oenology as a Senior Lecturer in Viticulture. There his research focused on studies aimed at gaining an understanding of the chemistry and sensory aspects of tannins in grapes and wines. In 2002 he retired from the University but remains involved with the University through his role as the inaugural Patron of The University of Adelaide Wine Alumni.