James Halliday announces retirement

By J'aime Cardillo

7 May, 2024

James Halliday AM has announced he is stepping back from wine writing and tasting commitments.

We would like to announce that James Halliday AM will be stepping back from his wine writing and tasting commitments. 

As James steps into this new chapter, he will be using this time to compile a lifetime of wine memories – a project that we look forward to sharing.

His contribution to the Australian wine landscape is unparalleled, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his monumental career.

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Statement from James Halliday AM

Late last year I made the decision that I was going to seriously cut back on my work commitments. Having turned 85 I wanted to fully focus on what I want to do, and that is writing about 50 years of great wine dinners I've attended or staged. This work has no deadline, has no space constraints, and is something that has been simmering in my mind and heart for the past half-decade as my ‘swansong’.

Recent health issues have made me wish even more for this to have my sole attention. So, while my fondness for writing is undiminished, and with my family's support, I will be quiet on the wine media front until I can share the birth of my last child.