Len Evans was born in England and migrated to Australia in 1955. He became the first regular wine columnist here in 1962, was the founding director of the Australian Wine Bureau in 1965, and wrote the first major encyclopaedia of Australian wine in 1973. He was chairman of Rothbury Wines since its founding in 1969 until 1996, and Petaluma from 1978 until 1992; chairman of Evans Wine Company since 1996, Evans Family Wines from 1980 and Tower Estate since its founding in 1998. He received the Epicurean Award for services to the Wine and Food Industry; the Charles Heidsieck Award for Wine Writing; the Chevalier de l’order Merite Agricole (French government); was Personality de l’anne (1986) Paris (Oenology section – Gastronomy); first life member of the Society Of Wine Educators (1995), and elected member of the College of Patrons of the Australian Wine Industry, Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, Decanter Magazine – International Award for Man of the Year. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999. He died in 2006.