Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

My Inspiration: Gavin Butterworth

Vine romance: Attention to detail inspires Gavin

Gavin Butterworth is the senior broker at wine investment specialist Fine & Co. He is a fan of fine wines and rugby. It is winemakers and players he's influenced by most

Having been involved with wine now for 12 years and been on many a vineyard tour around the main wine-producing countries, I can't but help be incredibly impressed by the winemakers and their dedication to consistency.

This deserves admiration and in turn conjures up inspiration.

I have always marvelled at their attention to detail to meet with our approval and aim to take us to new heights and experiences in the world of wine. It was not until my first vineyard tour in 1999 that I thought beyond what it takes to produce a memorable bottle of wine.

Incidentally, this first wine tour was in Napier, New Zealand, which topically brings to me to my other passion ... rugby.

When the Irish rugby team played against the mighty Wallabies in the World Cup recently, I spent the whole game on my feet and was behind them with every heave towards the try line. Their passion came across through the TV and the inspiration I get from them as a team is immense.

That is the wonderful thing about inspiration - it runs in a constant cycle.

The Irish rugby team can get their inspiration from the crowd and they must feel the weight of a nation driving them on to victory and we, in turn, are inspired (and sometimes frustrated). I was fortunate enough to be on a tour of St Emilion during the last World Cup and saw them play in Bordeaux. Not their best performance. My whole being and passion for life comes from the inspiration of other people, coincidence, teamwork and friends and family. But when all else fails I can always look to the carefully placed poem on the wall in my sitting room listing the words of the Desiderata. To quote the last line: 'And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.'