2018 AWAC Scholarship recipient


The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Board of Directors are pleased to announce Frank Butera as the recipient of the annual Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship

Frank Butera is the General Manager and Wine Maker at Bass River in Gippsland, Victoria. Frank completed his BSc Applied Physics followed by BSc Wine Science at CSU. The combination of both studies assists Frank in understanding the mechanisms involved for grape growing and wine making. Bass River grows Pinot Noir, Gamay, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The breadth of varietals at Bass River provides Frank the opportunity to create wines and develop wine evaluation skills to reflect style, varietal and region. The ASVO Scholarship to attend the Advance Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) at the AWRI will significantly contribute to the development of sensory skills and analysis. The outcomes of the AWAC will contribute to identifying and awarding exceptional wines from the Gippsland region and the grater wine and grape growing community.

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 Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC), delivered by the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI). An esteemed panel of judges with extensive expertise in the area of wine show judging and wine sensory assessment have this year selected Frank Butera, at Bass River Winery, Victoria to receive the AWAC scholarship.

Commenting at the announcement of the awards, the ASVO President Dr Anthony Robinson said that the scholarship program 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”.

Whilst each of the candidates were worthy of merit the judges felt that both Frank and the wine industry would benefit from his attendance at AWAC.

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. “In my experience it is these wines that have been skilfully assembled from the vineyard and monitored closely through the wine making process. Wine and grape sensory permits the wine maker 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 that I continue to refine.” said Frank. The $4,760 scholarship will allow Frank to refine his palate and sensory skills and we wish him well at the AWAC and look forward to hearing about his experience later in the year.

Recognition of Frank’s scholarship will be made at the Annual ASVO Awards for Excellence Dinner, which is taking place on Tuesday 13th of November at the Wine Centre in Adelaide.