Frank Butera is the recipient of the annual Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship awarded by the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO).
He is the general manager and winemaker at Bass River in Gippsland.
A major objective of the ASVO is to promote education in viticulture and oenology and to ensure and maintain the highest standards of quality for these educational objectives. This year the ASVO is again supporting one of its members to participate in the AWAC, delivered by the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI).
ASVO president Dr Anthony Robinson said the $4,760 scholarship is an important component of the ASVO Awards program.
“Our Awards for Excellence and scholarship program is one way we honour outstanding people from across Australia that are making significant contribution into the Australian wine industry,” he said.
“Frank has a passion to appreciate wines that present a sense of place and wines that evolve from and have been grown to reveal their origin.”
Frank said: “In my experience it is these wines that have been skilfully assembled from the vineyard and monitored closely through the winemaking process.”
“Wine and grape sensory permits the winemaker to obtain confidence to proactively appreciate the development of the wine from grape to bottle. The ability to recognise wine faults at any stage of development is a skill I continue to refine.”
Recognition of Frank’s scholarship will be made at the Annual ASVO Awards for Excellence Dinner, which is taking place on Tuesday 13 of November at the Wine Centre in Adelaide.