Margaret River winemakers selected for Len Evans Tutorial

Oates End's Cath Oates is one of four Margaret River region winemakers heading to the Hunter Valley for the 2018 Len Evans Tutorial.
Oates End's Cath Oates is one of four Margaret River region winemakers heading to the Hunter Valley for the 2018 Len Evans Tutorial.

Four of the region’s brightest winemaking talents will head to the 2018 Len Evans Tutorial in November to take part in one of the wine industry’s most revered annual events.

Dubbed “the most exclusive wine school in the world” by James Halliday, the program sees just twelve wine scholars attend the educational journey through some of the world’s greatest wines.

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

Heading to the Hunter Valley will be winemakers Cath Oates (Oates Ends), Brendan Carr (Xanadu Wines), Lance Parkin (Amberley Estate) and Tim Lovett (Leeuwin Estate).

“The Len Evans Tutorial is one of the greatest tasting experiences you can have, anywhere in the world,” said Ms Oates.

“There is such a special provenance; the history, the tutors, past scholars and the wines. There aren’t really words to express how privileged I feel to be attending this year.”

Mr Carr said being offered one of the coveted positions was a high honour.

“Very excited and humbled to get to taste some of the truly great wines of the world, from some of the greatest vineyards and vintages, under the tutelage from some of the wine industry’s most knowledgeable and revered icons,” he said.

“And to share the experience with a bunch of WA legends is the icing on the cake!”

Mr Parkin said the fact four winemakers were heading over from WA was testament to the pursuit of wine excellence in Margaret River.

“Julian Grounds achieving Dux of the Tutorial last year also shows the ability of people within the region,” he said. 

Leeuwin Estate’s Tim Lovett shared the excitement of his fellow scholars. 

“The Len Evans Tutorial is the most prestigious wine scholarship in Australia, and widely respected around the world. I’m honoured to have been selected and looking forward to experiencing an incredible line up of wines in November,” he said.