Awards by year

Every year, James Halliday pinpoints the best wines, winemakers and wineries from a pool of several thousand in his annual Halliday Wine Companion guide. With categories that include Wine of the Year, Best Value Winery, Winemaker of the Year and Best New Winery, James cherry picks the top producers from a range of criteria to offer a true representation of the nation's greatest names in wine.

  • Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2018

    Australian wine is in a good place right now. The green shoots of a few years ago are now leaves, flowers and grapes. Thirty million glasses of Australian wines are enjoyed worldwide everyday. For the FY16 domestic sales were up 6.9% to $2.97 billion and export sales were up 11.4% to $2.11 billion.

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  • Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2017

    Why should you, the readers of Halliday Wine Companion, be concerned about the economic health of Australia’s winemakers? Well, in the broad sense it is self-evident: a profitable operation will allow winemakers who care about the quality of their wine to reinvest some or all of their profit in their vineyards and/or their wineries.

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  • Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2016

    James Halliday said of the Halliday Wine Companion Awards, “The time was right to celebrate the Australian wine industry’s finest. We’ve never before had a ceremony like this and it’s a fantastic way to recognise those wines and producers that are truly remarkable. It’s been a great year for over-performers.”

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Special Value

Wines considered to offer special value for money.