Marcell Kustos, Head Sommelier at Penfolds Magill Estate, has been awarded the 2020 Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship.
The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) aims to promote education in viticulture and oenology and ensure and maintain the highest standards of quality for these educational objectives. This year, the ASVO is supporting one of its members to participate in the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC), delivered by the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI).
A panel of judges with extensive expertise in the area of wine show judging and wine sensory assessment selected Kustos.
Kustos commenced his career in the wine industry through his family vineyard. Eventually, his passion for flavour pairings and terroir led him to complete a PhD in Wine Science at the University of Adelaide. His research on memorable wine experiences and regional typicality gained international industry support and funding from Wine Australia.
His innovative, science-driven wine pairings and consumer experience-focused approach earned him the Head Sommelier position at Penfolds Magill Estate. Kustos is also part of the Sommeliers Australia committee and he remains actively involved in wine education and research.
ASVO President Brooke Howell said: “Our Awards for Excellence and scholarship program is one way we honour outstanding people from across Australia that are making significant contributions to the Australian Wine industry”.
Kustos added: “Attending the AWAC will help me continue professional and personal development in the Australian wine industry. I’m hoping to refine my palate to identify faults, better understand the impact of winemaking and viticultural intervention on the final product, which in turn will allow me to share the story of and promote exceptional wines from Australia.
“The AWAC will also qualify me to judge at regional and national wine shows and contribute to lift Australian wine quality and provide feedback to wineries as the show system was intended.”
Recognition of this year’s scholarship winner will be made at the Annual ASVO Awards for Excellence Dinner, which is taking place on November 17 at the Wine Centre in Adelaide.
Magill Estate Restaurant is located at 78 Penfold Rd, Magill, South Australia.