2019 Awards

Every year, James Halliday and his tasting panel pinpoint the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries from a pool of several thousand featured in the 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 and his team cherry pick the high performers from a range of criteria to offer a true representation of the nation's greatest names in wine.

The top Australian wines, wineries and winemakers are celebrated at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards, which takes place on the evening prior to the release of the annual guide. This Australian wine awards is one of the most anticipated events on the national drinks calendar, and industry personalities, journalists, reviewers, retailers, sommeliers and wine lovers meet in Melbourne for the ceremony each year. A limited number of tickets will be released via an Awards presale, coming soon, with priority given to previous attendees and Halliday Wine Companion members. Sign up here to find out more.

You can pre-order the guide so that you receive your copy first, as well as pre-order a special vintage release collection. You can also order previous editions via a special book resale in the lead up to the launch.

Pre-order the 2019 Halliday Book

Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine. The 2019 edition has been completely revised to bring you up-to-the-minute information.

In his inimitable style, Halliday shares his extensive knowledge of wine through detailed tasting notes with points, price, value symbol and advice on best-by drinking, as well as each wine’s closure and alcohol content. He provides information about wineries and winemakers, including vineyard sizes, opening times and contact details.

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A Halliday 2019 Special Vintage Release Collection that includes the guide plus copies of A Life In Wine and Varietal Wines is also available to pre-order here.

Savour and swirl 2019 Halliday Wine Companion Award Winners at the Halliday Sip Series

The spirit of this year’s Halliday Wine Companion guide doesn’t stop with the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. The celebration continues with the inaugural Halliday Sip Series event. Held on the first Sunday following the awards, the Halliday Sip Series is an open-to-the-public showcase of some of the award-winning wines, winemakers and wineries featured in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion guide.

The full list of award-winning wines and wineries displayed at Halliday Sip Series will be announced Thursday, 2 August. Wine enthusiasts can expect the tasting line-up to include sips from:

  •   - The 2019 Winery of the Year
  •   - A selection from the winery that produced the 2019 Wine of the Year
  •   - Past winners of the Winemaker of the Year and Best Value Winery of the Year awards

This is in addition to a number of wines that scored 90 points or more in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion, such as a 99-point Victorian pinot noir and a Barossa Valley Grenache with 98 points. Event-goers will also have the chance to purchase glasses, bottles and cases of their favourite wines from the day.

Tickets to Halliday Sip Series are limited, so if you don’t want to miss out on your chance to taste some of Australia’s best wines, get in quick to buy yours now.

Buy your ticket to the Halliday Sip Series here.

Revisit the 2018 Awards

Book your seat at the 2019 Halliday Awards

Join Halliday Wine Companion as James Halliday reveals the nation's top wines, winemakers and wineries at a gala awards dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday, August 1.

On the night, guests will be treated to 26 award-winning wines, specially chosen by James and expertly matched to a five-course degustation menu.

Book your tickets here.


James Halliday AM

With a career in wine than spans nearly 50 years and a rich body of work, James is arguably Australia’s best-known wine critic. Before he was a commentator he was a vigneron, helping to found the wineries Brokenwood and Coldstream Hills. In addition to his definitive annual guide, James is the author of Varietal Wines, the Wine Atlas of Australia, the Australian Wine Encylopedia and A Life in Wine, as well a contributor to more than 70 books on wine and a regular columnist.

Campbell Mattinson

Campbell is an award-winning Australian journalist, author, editor and publisher. He has been a key reviewer for the Halliday Wine Companion guide over many years, is the publisher of The WINEFRONT website, and the author of The Big Red Wine Book and The Wine Hunter.

Ned Goodwin MW

Ned has worn many hats, including show judge, Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, sommelier, educator, TV host, wine buyer, consultant, critic and writer. Born in London, raised in Australia, educated in France, Japan and now based in Sydney with continued business across Asia, his varied international experience brings a fresh perspective to the Halliday Wine Companion tasting team.

Jane Faulkner

Jane is a respected journalist with more than 25 years’ experience. She has a special interest in Italian and alternative varieties, chairs several wine shows and is chief of judges for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. Aside from her love of wine, Jane is an avid traveller and zealous environmentalist.

Steven Creber

Steven started out as a winemaker in the Yarra Valley in the 1970s. Over the next decade he worked in north-east Victoria, the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra in various production roles. Returning to Melbourne, he had a 20-odd year career with Dan Murphy’s as a taster, buyer and writer, retiring from there in 2012. He’s since returned to the Yarra Valley, where he consults to and writes for a number of wine businesses, as well as contributing to the Halliday guide.

David Bicknell

David is a Roseworthy college graduate with over 30 vintages of experience in both Australia and France. He is a co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop, a past Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, a Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year and has judged, panel chaired and chaired at many of the regional and capital city wine shows in Australia. He fills his spare time growing wine for his own family label, Applecross.