One of Australia’s leading wine scientists has passed away


One of Australia’s leading wine scientists, Dr Bryce Rankine, has died in Adelaide at the age of 87.

Dr Rankine was principal research scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute, which he helped establish, for over 20 years, and authored hundreds of scientific papers.

He then became a lecturer and later dean of the faculty of oenology and viticulture at Roseworthy Agricultural College (now part of Adelaide University). He was at Roseworthy from 1978 till his retirement 1986.

One of his several books, “Making Good Wine”, published in 1989, is still considered mandatory reading for wine students.

His honours include a companion of Barons of the Barossa (1976), Member of the Order of Australia (1986), and recipient of the Maurice O’Shea Award (1998). His funeral was held in Adelaide on March 4. 

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