With applications for 2020 now closed, we are very sad to announce that, after much deliberation, the LET Board has decided to cancel the 2020 LET due to the uncertainty around national travel due to Covid-19 restrictions, postponing all 20th year celebrations to 2021.
A big thank you from the Board and Tutors to those who took the time to apply for the 2020 LET. Certainly the most number we’ve received in recent years.
All 2020 applications will be held over to 2021, with the opportunity to update your CV as required when applications for 2021 LET open in June 2021.
In the meantime, we encourage you to mark what would have been the 90th birthday of The Chair, LET founder Len Evans on Monday 31st August by opening a special bottle on the day, and raising a glass to him and his great legacy, the Len Evans Tutorial. Share the joy and let us all know what you are drinking on August 31 #evans90
2021 Len Evans Tutorial: Monday, 1st November to Friday, 5th November 2021
Twelve fully paid scholarships are offered each year, generously funded by our industry sponsors, with wine, food and accommodation valued at around $9000 included. The only cost incurred by the scholars is physically getting to and from the Hunter Valley.
In 2021 the Tutorial will be held at Spicers Guesthouse, a 5 star hotel complex in the heart of Pokolbin. All sessions, accommodation and meals will be provided on site.
The Tutorial is open to all Australian wine industry personnel, regardless of their present position, or state of residence. For the moment, priority is given to Australia-based applicants.
Overall diversity of the attendee group is essential. A broad mix of industry backgrounds is targeted in the makeup of each cohort of LET Scholars. Previous Scholars have come from the fields of winemaking, liquor retailing, importing and wholesaling, restaurants, viticulture, marketing, education and journalism. To ensure a healthy spread of perspectives, a mix of represented regions is also considered, as well as a mix of genders.
While a solid base knowledge of wine styles of the world is preferred, the determining force with all the applicants is their potential.
Experience as an Associate Judge at a regional wine show is beneficial, but not essential, as is completion of courses such as the AWRI’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course.
Candidates for the Len Evans Tutorial are invited to submit their current CV via email, along with a detailed letter outlining their reasons for wanting to be a Len Evans Scholar.
Your letter should include an overview of how you would use your LET experience to contribute to the growth and development of the Australian wine industry, beyond your normal work-based activities. In addition, your thoughts about how you might promote and support the ongoing work of the LET would be appreciated.
We are also interested in understanding your degree of interest in developing your wine-judging career. Whilst this is not necessarily a must-have, it will inform the mix of scholars chosen for each year’s cohort.
Names and phone numbers of three industry referees must also be included.
The selection process is carried out by a panel of 14-15 industry representatives. Our panel includes a selection of current tutors and Foundation members, as well as past scholars and external advisors
Applications open Tuesday, 1st June 2021, and close Friday, 13th August 2021 at close of business.
Please send your applications via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org