Wine is enjoying increasingly widespread recognition
and appreciation in Australia and New Zealand.
In this book. Len Evans has assembled some of the
greatest authorities to write about the wines. the
vignerons and the vineyards of these two countries.
Both countries have well defined wine regions
ranging from the immense Barossa Valley in South
Australia to the smaller areas such as Mudgee in
New South Wales. While in New Zealand wine
production is concentrated around Auckland
(Henderson and Kumeu) and Hawkes Bay-Cisborne-
All these regions. great and small, have their own
history. their own quality, their own styles of life
and wine. All are discussed in this informative and
lucidly written text that contains an encyclopaedic
coverage of the wines.
Lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white.
and with detailed maps. this is the most
comprehensive and up-to-date book on the complete
Australian and New Zealand wine scene. It will be
of great practical value to all wine lovers.
Len Evans, born in England, of Welsh parents,
became interested in wine, women and golf at
fourteen. After a varied career of professional golf.
writing and national service with the R.A.F .. he set
out to develop his writing by travelling the world.
Eventually he settled in Australia where he took a
casual job in a hotel while writing for television and
radio. Typically, he soon became deeply involved in
the hotel industry and by 1960, as Beverage Manager
for an international hotel. he built the largest retail
cellar in Australia at that time. His enthusiasm for
wine poured regularly into newspaper columns and
news pages throughout Australia. His most popular
column is the Cellarmaster in The Bulletin.
Early in 1965 he suggested the formation of the
Australian Wine Bureau, of which he was the
founding director. His ‘Cellarrnasters Guide to
Australian Wines’ first published in 1966 soon
became a bestseller.
Today Len Evans is an established professional
wine consultant, chairman of a syndicate of
vignerons, restaurateur, a lecturer and broadcaster
on wine and food, and Australia’s most widely read
wine writer. He has a reputation for having one of
the finest aggressive palates in this country. His
interests have remained the same since he was
fourteen, only he now has little time for golf.
In fair to good preloved condition.