Applications are now open for the 2020 Len Evans Tutorial. 

The program will see 12 Australian wine professionals head to Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley for five days of development from Monday 2 November to Friday 6 November, all inclusive of tuition, accommodation, wine and food. 

The Len Evans Tutorial, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has been a training ground for 230 wine professionals. Many of its scholars have gone on to become wine show chairs, senior wine judges and industry leaders.

In 2020, the Tutorial will include additional judging sessions featuring Riesling as well as a masterclass on Barolo. The annual program concludes with a James Halliday AM-led tasting of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. 

Philip Rich will join the panel for the first time in 2020, sitting alongside 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.  

“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,” says director Sally Evans.  

Fellow director Iain Riggs adds “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.”

Applications for the Len Evans Tutorial will be accepted until close of business 14 August 2020. 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.

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