Leonard Paul Evans (1930-2006), born in Felixtowe-England, was one of the most important personalities in Australian viticulture. He is equally a wine writer, designer and presenter of radio and television programs on the subject of wine, wine critic, Judge and tireless promoter of Australian wine. After a short career as a professional golfer, he emigrated to New Zealand in 1953.
He came to Sydney two years later Australia and then worked from 1965 as a promoter for the Australian Wine Board. He vehemently campaigned for a new direction in Australian wine consumption and promoted dry-aged table wines instead of the sweet, sprinkled wine that was common at the time Dessert wines, From the late 1960s he began to write books and articles and founded in 1969 in the Hunter Valley (New South Wales) Rothbury Estate, which became famous for its Sémillon and Chardonnay wines. At the same time, he opened a restaurant with a gourmet club in Sydney.
Len Evans also created the very popular wine quiz in Australia Options, organizing charitable events. At the end of the 1970s, with the financial help of his partner Peter Fox, he bought some wineries in Graves and Sauterne (France) and in Napa Valley (California), which were operated under the company name "Evens Wine Company". After the early death of Peter Fox, the company got into major difficulties, leaving only two wineries from the Empire, Rothbury Estate and Petalume Winery. The former was launched in 1995 despite Evans' fierce opposition Mildara pale accepted. Evans withdrew and turned to the rest of the "Evans Family Wines" in the Hunter Valley where he has an excellent Chardonnay produced. In 1991 he received the coveted for his great services to Australian viticulture O'Shea Award, He also received the Order of the British Empire and in 1994 he was named "Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole". In 2001 he founded the “Len Evans Tutorial”, a non-profit training institution for wine tasting jurors.