After almost a decade of providing support to Howard Park with one of Australia’s leading viticultural consultancies, David Botting jumped at the opportunity to join the Howard Park’s team outright in 2004.
Under David’s tenure, many vineyard innovations have been implemented, with a focus on perfection, control & bringing viticultural operations in-house. Highlight achievements include selecting & planting the Allingham vineyard from scratch, nurturing the Mount Barrow vineyard, importing new clones, establishing a rootling nursery & introducing an extensive composting regime.
Vineyards have been part of David’s heritage since his grandfather took up grape growing as a soldier settler, following his return from service in Gallipoli during World War I.
David began his own career at an early age in his family’s grape growing business, before studying and teaching viticulture at Roseworthy Agricultural College in the early 1990’s.
Several years were also spent investigating various aspects of grape & wine quality with the Co-operative Research Centre for Viticulture at the University of Adelaide. From here he joined Davidson Viticultural Consulting Services & travelled extensively, providing technical advice to winegrowing businesses all around Australia & internationally.
David doesn’t spend much time in his office. Most days he is on the road travelling around the Margaret River & Great Southern wine regions. He also spends a lot of time with the team in Howard Park’s own Leston Vineyard. He revels in the opportunity to introduce cutting edge technology, along with proven practices, into all of Howard Park’s vineyards to help produce the highest quality grapes.