Wine Submission Process

This page is intended for wineries only. It outlines the process to follow for submitting wines for tasting. Please read this carefully before submitting your wines as our process has recently changed.

Wine submissions are now open for the Halliday Wine Companion 2022.


The details and requirements for submitting samples for the Halliday Wine Companion have changed, so we ask you to please read the following instructions carefully.

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Deadlines for the Halliday Wine Companion 2022
Eligible wines
Wine information
Packaging
Regional experts tasting panel
Exceptions
Can I send wines to more than one member of the tasting panel?
Awards judging
Tasting panel delivery details
Questions

Deadlines for the Halliday Wine Companion 2022

27 November 2020 - Final deadline for samples to arrive 


5 February 2021 - Deadline for newly bottled samples to arrive. This deadline is strictly only for newly bottled samples. Do not hold off on shipping already bottled samples. Large shipments will not be accepted at this late date. 


Please send samples immediately and don’t wait until the deadline. Large submissions received close to the deadline may not be tasted. Watch weather forecasts to avoid shipping during hot weeks.


The tasting panel will do everything it can to review all samples received, but regrettably the increasing volume of samples makes it impossible to guarantee that everything can be tasted.


For the best chance of inclusion, please send samples as early as possible, with information and packaging as below.


Please tell us if you cannot submit wines (for reasons of drought, pandemic, natural disaster or otherwise).


Eligible wines 

Only wines satisfying all of the following conditions are eligible for submission. Wines must be:

  • Finished wines – tank and barrel samples are not accepted
  • Made only from Australian grapes
  • Vinified in an Australian winery
  • Available for sale in Australia through a legitimate retail outlet (wine retailer, cellar door, restaurant, etc) – export-only wines are not eligible
  • Not retailers’ and restaurants’ own branded wines made by a third-party winery, unless the retailer/restaurant owns the vineyard/s
  • Not vintages that have previously been submitted to the Companion or your taster
  • Only the current/ future vintage, unless cellar/ museum release


Tasting notes will only be written and made available for wines that receive 84 points or above. They will appear on winecompanion.com.au. A selection of these will also be published in the Halliday Wine Companion 2022 book. We encourage submissions of wines that are highly likely to be in that category only.


Wine information

Please label the back of each bottle with the RRP. Each wine should be accompanied by a printed tech sheet (not a press release) limited to one page, with the following information:

  • GI/s and relevant viticultural and vinification notes
  • Contact name, phone number and email address, or those of the winemaker
  • Release date if not yet available

Lab labels (unlabelled samples) must include all of the following:

  • The full and complete name of the wine
  • Region/s (GI/s)
  • Alcohol
  • Release date if not yet available

Packaging

Please send one bottle of each wine, two bottles if natural cork sealed. Please send samples in cardboard cartons with cardboard spacers between bottles. For ease of handling and environmental responsibility, please do not include any packaging other than cardboard spacers. Do not send:

  • Individually wrapped bottles
  • Polystyrene, Styrofoam, soft plastic, foam, packaging beans or inflatable packaging
  • Empty bottles
  • Newspaper

Regional experts tasting panel

In place of the rolling system of allocating wineries to tasters, we are pleased to announce our panel of regional specialists, to provide stronger links with regions and wineries, offering continuity and connection. 


The Australian Wine Companion tasting team is Tyson Stelzer (chief editor), James Halliday, Ned Goodwin, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Tony Love and Erin Larkin. Each are respected tasters and writers in their own right, with a fantastic diversity of age, experience, gender and, importantly, for the first time, a taster from every one of Australia’s key wine states (with a slight stretch for Tyson, the de facto Tasmanian residing in Queensland!). James continues to stay closely involved in the Companion as, in his words, ‘taster at large.’ 


Please send samples to the designated taster for your region as below. 


Brands sourcing from multiple regions can make the choice to allocate samples to tasters based either on the GI of each wine individually, or on the location of the winery in which it is crushed. For instance, Henschke could send its Adelaide Hills wines either to the Barossa taster or to the Adelaide Hills taster. 


Large groups like Accolade and Treasury should submit samples to multiple tasters based on the GI of each wine or the locations of the wineries in which each of their brands are crushed. Arras, for instance, should be sent to the Tasmanian taster.


State Zone  Region  Taster 
South Australia

Barossa Barossa Valley
Eden Valley 
Tyson Stelzer
Mount Lofty Ranges Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Plains 
Tony Love
Clare Valley Jane Faulkner
Fleurieu
McLaren Vale Ned Goodwin
Langhorne Creek
Currency Creek
Kangaroo Island
Southern Fleurieu
Tony Love
Limestone Coast  Robe
Coonawarra
Padthaway
Mount Benson
Wrattonbully
Mount Gambier 



Jane Faulkner



Lower Murray Riverland
Far North Southern Flinders Ranges 
Peninsulas Southern Eyre Peninsula
Victoria Port Phillip
Mornington Peninsula
Macedon Ranges
Sunbury
Geelong Jeni Port
Yarra Valley* Jane Faulkner
Central Victoria Bendigo
Nagambie Lakes
Goulburn Valley
Heathcote
Strathbogie Ranges
Upper Goulburn
Jeni Port
North East Victoria Rutherglen
King Valley
Alpine Valleys
Beechworth
Glenrowan 
Western Victoria  Grampians and Great Western
Pyrenees
Henty
Ballarat 
Jeni Port
Gippsland Gippsland Jane Faulkner
North West Victoria Murray Darling
Swan Hill 
New South Wales Hunter Lower Hunter Valley
Upper Hunter Valley
Ned Goodwin
Central Ranges Mudgee
Orange
Cowra 
Southern New South
Wales 
Canberra
Gundagai
Hulltops
Tumbarumba
Jane Faulkner
Big Rivers Riverina
Perricoota 
Ned Goodwin
South Coast Shoalhaven Coast
Southern Highlands
Northern Rivers  Hastings River
Northern Slopes New England
Western Plains Western Plains
Western Australia  South West Australia Margaret River
Great Southern
   Albany
   Denmark
   Frankland River
   Mount Barker
   Porongurup

Blackwood Valley
Geographe
Manjimup
Pemberton
Erin Larkin
Greater Perth Swan
Peel
Perth Hills
South East Coastal South East Coastal 
Tasmania Northern Tasmania Northern Tasmania  Tyson Stelzer 
Southern Tasmania Southern Tasmania
East Coast East Coast
Queensland Queensland Granite Belt
South Burnett
Darling Downs
Coastal and Hinterland

Tyson Stelzer

Northern Territory Northern Territory Northern Territory

*Please note: Steven Creber has made the decision to immediately step down from his role as Yarra Valley taster for the Halliday Wine Companion, with Melbourne-based Jane Faulkner stepping in to review Yarra Valley wines for the Companion. Any wines already submitted to Steven do not need to be resubmitted. Any wines yet to be sent should be directed to Jane.


Exceptions

The following wineries are requested to send samples as follows, as a result of personal or commercial relationships with the taster for their region:


Picardy Tony Love
Marri Wood Park Tony Love
Crooked Brook Tony Love
Frankland Estate Tony Love
Lobethal Road Erin Larkin
Tapanappa Tyson Stelzer
Terre a Terre  Tony Love
Bethany Tony Love
Salomon Estate Tyson Stelzer 



Can I send wines to more than one member of the tasting panel?

Many wineries already send samples to members of the tasting panel to review for other publications. You are of course welcome to continue to do so, according to arrangements that you have in place with each taster. 


The samples sent to your Halliday regional specialist should be addressed to ‘Halliday Wine Companion’. Only the taster designated to your region will review your wines for the Companion. 


Samples sent to other tasters in the panel will not be reviewed for the Halliday Wine Companion. If you fail to send samples to your designated regional specialist, you will miss out on inclusion in the Companion.


Awards judging

Judging of the Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards will now be conducted by the full tasting panel in March each year. The panel will gather to select the winners under each category from the top wines put forward by each regional specialist. True to the history and spirit of the Companion, wines will not be judged blind but considered in the context of their full identity, winery, region, vintage, history and pedigree. Wineries shortlisted for the awards tasting will be contacted for samples.



Tasting Panel Delivery Details

Please send samples in six or twelve bottle cartons and avoid single and double packs. 
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements for wine information and packaging. 

Taster Address Contact Instructions
Tyson Stelzer
Halliday Wine Companion
c/o Wine Press
14 Andrea Street, Tarragindi
Queensland 4121 Australia
Phone: 0402 821 230
Email: tyson@winecompanion.com.au  
Delivery instructions:
Authority to leave at rear sliding door if premises is unattended.

Specific instructions for samples sent to Tyson:
Please send samples in six of twelve bottle cartons and avoid using single and double packs.
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements. 

Erin Larkin

Halliday Wine Companion
22a Joslin Street (back house)
Hilton WA 6163
Phone: 0402 560 196
Email: erin@erinlarkin.com.au 
Specific instructions for samples sent to Erin:
Please send samples in six or twelve bottle cartons. 
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Jeni Port Halliday Wine Companion
91 Buckingham Drive
Heidelberg VIC 3084 
Phone: 0412 886 695
Email: jeni@jeniport.com 
Delivery instructions:
Please leave an 'ok to leave' note to leave the wines on the front doorstep.

Specific instructions for samples sent to Jeni:
Please send samples in six bottle cartons.
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Ned Goodwin Halliday Wine Companion
Kennards Self Storage
17 Wellington Street
Rozelle NSW 2039
Kennards phone: 02 0555 1099
Email: rednedwine@me.com 
Delivery instructions:
Please send wines to arrive after 1 October 2020.

Specific instructions for samples sent to Ned:
Please send samples in six or twelve bottle cartons.
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Tony Love Halliday Wine Companion
6 Georgina Avenue
Crafers SA 5152
Phone: 0409 192 837
Email: tony@tonylove.com.au
Delivery instructions:
Please give courier permission to leave wine on the verandah by the front door.

Specific instructions for samples sent to Tony:
Please send samples in six or twelve bottle cartons.
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion
17 Carpenter Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Phone: 0409 232 996
Email: janefaulkner@winematters.com.au
Delivery instructions:
Please ensure there is an authority to leave wine on the porch without signature.

Specific instructions for samples sent to Jane:
For samples of six bottles or more, please send in a six-bottle carton or two boxes, not a twelve-bottle carton. If less than six bottles are being sent, preference is for two-pack or three-pack cardboard boxes with no plastic.
Please contact Jane immediately if there is an issue with sending wine on time. 
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.


Questions

Please direct any queries to your taster or to Emily Lightfoot or Tyson Stelzer:


Emily Lightfoot 
Tasting Manager 
Phone: (03) 8520 6403  
Email: emily@winecompanion.com.au


Tyson Stelzer 
Chief Editor 
Phone: 0402 821 230 
Email: tyson@winecompanion.com.au