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All Aboard The Greatest Wine School On Earth

By Tuesday 23 June 2020No Comments

Applications are now open for the 2020 Len Evans Tutorial, which this year celebrates 20 years, having seen close to 230 scholars attend what is said to be the greatest wine school on earth.

Visit to learn how to apply.

In 2020, twelve lucky Australian wine professionals will attend Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley from Monday 2 November until Friday 6 November.

The tutors includes James Halliday, Ian McKenzie, Iain Riggs, Michael Hill Smith MW, Vanya Cullen, Sarah Crowe, Tom Carson, David Bicknell, Matt Harrop, Tyson Stelzer, Samantha Connew, Randall Pollard and Patrick Walsh with Philip Rich joining for the first time.

Over its 20 years, the Len Evans Tutorial has proved to be an invaluable training ground for its scholars, many of whom have gone on to become wine show chairs and senior wine judges, industry leaders and better wine professionals.

This is the legacy of the Tutorial and Len Evans’ vision.

Held annually in the first week of November, this year the Tutorial will include additional judging sessions featuring Riesling from around the world as well as a masterclass on Barolo.

As has been the case from inception, the week concludes with a tasting of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, led by James Halliday.

Director Sally Evans says: “My old dad would be thrilled that the Tutorial is still powering forward 20 years on, and that his original vision of improving the skills and quality of Australian wine professionals is still front and centre.”

Director Iain Riggs says: “To place Australian wine alongside the best of the world and to see the expression and sheer quality of the unique vineyards we have is quite a thrill not just for the scholars but all involved.”

All tuition, accommodation, wine and food is covered by Tutorial sponsors and donors.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of current and past tutors, past scholars, chairs of judges from capital city wine shows, and a range of industry advisors.

Applications will be accepted until close of business 14 August.

The Len Evans Tutorial was founded by Len Evans AO OBE in 2001. It is run by a not-for-profit Foundation and is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships from companies and individuals related to the wine industry.

All tutors and pourers volunteer their time each year to run the Tutorial.

Photo: Chris Elfes.

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