Viticulturist, Researcher and Managing Director
Agriculture and Rural Development, Business and Finance, Education, Environment and Sustainability, Equity and Equality in STEMM, Food and Wine, Governance, Leadership, Primary Industries, Science, Technology and Innovation, Women in STEMM
Mary is a third generation viticulturist, who over the past two decades has worked in a wide range of practical, extension and consultancy roles in the wine sector both in Australia and overseas.
She has tertiary qualifications in conservation and park management, natural resource management, education, arbitration, viticulture and is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide studying the use of native insectary plants to boost beneficial arthropod populations in vineyards.
As Managing Director of Retallack Viticulture, she offers a broad range of viticultural consulting services throughout Australia. Mary is a director of Wine Australia, a member of the Adelaide University Wine Alumni Steering Group, an editorial panel member of The Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower and Winemaker Journal, and advisory board member of the ‘Women of the Vine and Spirits’ Global Symposium.
Her professional accomplishments include graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma course, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, a Future Leaders gradate, a past Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute, a past Director of Wine Communicators of Australia, a past Non-Executive Director of the GWRDC, a past member of the South Australian Wine Industry Council and a past founding member of the Wine Grape Growers Australia – Decision Support Network.
Mary was the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation ‘Rural Woman of the Year’ in 2012, a recipient of the South Australian Research and Development Institute Women’s Suffrage Centenary Bursary in 2013, included in the top 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness in 2014, a Len Evans Tutorial Scholar in 2014 and was an inductee into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2017.