About James Halliday AM
Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday AM has a career that spans almost 50 years, but he is most widely known for his witty and informative writing about wine.
As one of the founders of Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley and thereafter of Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, from the planting and pruning of vines through to the creation and marketing of the finished product. His winemaking has led him to sojourns in Bordeaux and Burgundy, and his wine judging to New Zealand, the UK, South Africa and sometimes the US. For more than 30 years, James was among the most senior and active wine judges in Australia, and he continues to support several of the country’s most recognised shows.
James has won a clutch of awards for his contributions, both at home and overseas. In 1995, James received the Australian wine industry's ultimate accolade, the Maurice O'Shea Award. In 2010 he was made of Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the wine industry. He has also collected numerous international coups, including two James Beard Awards.
James has written or contributed to nearly 80 books on wine since he began writing in 1970. His books have been translated into Japanese, French, German, Danish, Icelandic and Polish, and have been published in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in Australia. In addition to the annual companion, James is the author of Varietal Wines, James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia, The Australian Wine Encyclopedia and A Life in Wine. As well as his long-form writing, James has held a weekly wine column in major Australian newspapers since 1978, continuing today, and contributed to every issue of Halliday magazine.