Portuguese Winemaker of the Year 2012
David Baverstock, Chief Winemaker at Herdade do Esporão and a major influence on modern Portuguese wine industry for the last 20 plus years has been named as Portugal's Winemaker of the Year 2012 by Portugal's Essência do Vinho Wine Magazine.
Australian born and trained, David came to Europe to gain further experience and worked in several different countries, along the way he fell in love with a girl from Lisbon, they married and have been based in Portugal since 1982. Initially he worked at Croft, and then Symington making Port wines, soon however he found a new role as an advisor to many Portuguese wineries on modern production techniques for table wines including Quinta de la Rosa and developed the Quinta do Crasto range. In 1992 he took on the additional role of technical director at Herdade do Esporão.
In 1999, he was awarded the title of Portuguese Oenologist of the year and, in 2002, was one of the 'Flying Winemakers' immortalised in a Time magazine article about the group of Australian oenologists whose influence was revolutionizing wine production techniques around the globe. David however, is not a typical globetrotting winemaker, chasing the sun and managing several grape harvests round the world each year - he has established long relationships with many estates in Portugal and, using local varieties, has had a profound effect on the winemaking in Portugal for over 30 years and this award recognises his great contribution once more.