Scholars for the 2018 Len Evans Tutorial announced

12 applicants of extraordinary calibre and at the top of their game

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Julian Grounds and James Halliday, The 17th Len Evans Tutorial

Julian Grounds and James Halliday, The 17th Len Evans Tutorial

The 17th Len Evans Tutorial, 2017


The 12 successful applicants for the 18th Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley, 5th – 9th November, have been announced with an extraordinary calibre of scholars including wine and viticulture professionals at the top of their game.

Each year, the Len Evans Tutorial welcomes some of the most elite professionals in wine, vineyard, hospitality and sales from across Australia to develop their wine appreciation with the nation’s top wine experts over the week in the Hunter Valley.

Many of the greatest, rarest and oldest wines are opened, tasted and scrutinised in this one extraordinary week when 12 young(ish) leaders in their field are put to the sternest and most rewarding wine course of their lives.

2018 Len Evans Tutorial Scholars are:

  • Simon Killeen, Winemaker, Simao & Co Wines
  • Tim Dolan, Senior Winemaker, Peter Lehmann
  • Sarah Lawler, Wine Buyer/Wine List Consultant, Ishizuka Restaurant
  • Brendan Carr, Winemaker, Xanadu Wines
  • Alex Kirkwood, Head Sommelier, Aria Restaurant
  • Lance Parkin, Winemaker, Amberley Estate
  • Rauri Donkin, Winemaker, First Creek Wines
  • Tim Lovett, Senior Winemaker, Leeuwin Estate
  • Sarah Andrew, National On Premise Business Manager, House of Fine Wine
  • Steven Paul, General Manager/Director-Shareholder, Oakdene Wines
  • Cath Oates, Owner/Winemaker, Oates Ends
  • Michael Downer, Winemaker, Murdoch Hill

The Tutorial program is designed to define the demands of wine show judging and to define quality by exposing the scholars to the great wine styles of the world. A team of five tutors will put the scholars through their paces in what James Halliday described as “the most exclusive wine school in the world.”

The tutors include:

  • James Halliday
  • Ian McKenzie
  • Iain Riggs
  • Gary Steel
  • Michael Hill Smith
  • Vanya Cullen
  • Tom Carson
  • Sarah Crowe
  • David Bicknell
  • Jim Chatto
  • Tyson Stelzer
  • Samantha Connew
  • Patrick Walsh


  • Hunter Valley (NSW)

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