The definitive guide to Australian Wines
Discover James' fabulous range of books at Readings online store today. Titles include the annual Halliday Wine Companion guide, James Halliday: A Life In Wine, 1001 Wines under $1000, the Wine Atlas of Australia and The Wine Encyclopedia.
Keenly anticipated each year by winemakers, collectors and wine lovers, the Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine.
In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes, each with vintage-specific ratings and advice on optimal drinking as well as each wine’s closure, alcohol content and price. He provides information about the wineries, winemakers and other important details such as vineyard sizes, opening times, contact details and website addresses.
The Wine Companion is an indispensable reference from the country’s leading wine authority and a must-have guide for anyone visiting a winegrowing region, or wanting to replenish their cellar or wine rack.
You can purchase the Halliday Wine Companion 2017 guide here.
A stunning updated edition of this unrivalled volume by Australia’s foremost wine industry expert, now with a brand new cover.
From deep, supple and mouth-filling Shiraz to golden botrytised Riesling, from delicious gooseberry and grass-driven Sauvignon Blanc to the generosity of sun-kissed Chardonnay, Australia produces wines that are among the best in the world. The diversity of Australian landscapes and soils ensures an optimal environment for every variety of wine grape, whether the cool climate of Tasmania for Pinot Noir, or the Mediterranean summers of the Margaret River in Western Australia for Cabernet Sauvignon.
James Halliday analyses every wine region in Australia – and there are over seventy – in this definitive book. He studies the types of grapes grown, the soil, the climate, the winegrowing history, and also introduces the most famous and respected wineries, winemakers and their signature wines. Each section is sumptuously illustrated and features a specially created map highlighting geographic landmarks and the location of the wineries. James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia is a masterwork by Australia’s leading wine critic and authority.
James Halliday is Australia's most respected wine writer and wine judge. Over the past 40 years he has been a lawyer, winemaker and grape grower, wine judge, wine consultant, journalist and author. He established Brokenwood winery and Cricket Pitch vineyard in the Hunter Valley with Tony Albert and John Beeston in 1970, before founding Coldstream Hills winery (with his wife Suzanne) in the Yarra Valley in 1985.
James has written or contributed to over 60 books on wine including Collecting Wine. You and your cellar; the award winning Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand, the Wine Atlas of California and an annual companion to Australian and New Zealand wines.
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