Wine Submission Process

Submitting wines for review in the Halliday Wine Companion.

Submitting wines for review in the Halliday Wine Companion




The Halliday Wine Companion is an independent wine review publication, assessing Australian wines for our subscribers. All reviews are published online throughout the year and a selection are also published in the annual Companion book.


What's new?

  • Please register wines for review here before sending
  • New chief editor and tasting panel: details below
  • New winery details, or updates to existing winery information, can be advised via this form

The details and requirements for submitting samples for the Halliday Wine Companion are below.

 

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The review process
Deadlines
Eligible wines
Wine information
Packaging
Regional experts tasting panel
Exceptions
Can I send wines to more than one member of the tasting panel?
Tasting panel delivery details
Questions

The review process

  • Wines are reviewed free of charge to all Australian wineries
  • Wines are scored according to the standard 100-point system. Wines scored below 84 points are listed online without comment or rating.
  • Wine reviews are not always positive – that is the nature of independent review. All wine reviews, regardless of score, exist on winecompanion.com.au ad infinitum for our readers.
  • Wines are reviewed once, unless a museum/cellar release.
  • Wineries are assigned annual star ratings, based on wine scores.
  • Award category winners are determined annually by the tasting panel, using the Borda Count method.  

Please note that reviews are only visible to Halliday Wine Companion subscribers.


A subscription alone does not provide rights to republish the Companion’s scores and reviews elsewhere; if you wish to do reproduce the Companion’s scores or reviews in your own marketing, you will need to speak to the membership team.

 

Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion will be announced in due course. As a guide, the deadline is commonly late November for most wines, with an early February deadline for late-bottled wines.


The tasting panel review wines year-round, with an annual deadline for each edition. Any wines tasted immediately after that deadline simply go into the mix for the following edition.

Eligible wines 

Submitted 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
  • One vintage per wine (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 book each year. We encourage submissions of wines that are highly likely to be in this category only.



Note that, while we endeavour to taste every wine submitted, we cannot guarantee it.


Wine information

Please register wines for review here before sending. This helps to track wines and minimise error.

Please label the back of each bottle with the RRP.

  • Wine name, vintage, GI/wine region and alcohol
  • Release date (if this wine is already available, please state that)
  • Relevant viticultural and vinification notes for each wine (see examples here)
  • Contact name, phone number and email address, or those of the winemaker

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. Please do not include any packaging other than cardboard spacers, such as:

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

 

Regional experts tasting panel

The Australian Wine Companion tasting team is Campbell Mattinson (chief editor), James Halliday, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Ned Goodwin MW and Shanteh Wale. The GIs assigned to each taster are listed 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.


Please register wines here before sending to the designated taster for your region as below.

 

State Zone  Region  Taster 
South Australia

Barossa Barossa Valley
Eden Valley 
Dave Brookes

Mount Lofty Ranges
Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Plains 
Ned Goodwin MW
Clare Valley Mike Bennie
Fleurieu
McLaren Vale Ned Goodwin MW
Langhorne Creek James Halliday
Currency Creek
Kangaroo Island
Southern Fleurieu
Campbell Mattinson
Limestone Coast  Robe
Coonawarra
Padthaway
Mount Benson
Wrattonbully
Mount Gambier 



Campbell Mattinson



Lower Murray Riverland
Far North Southern Flinders Ranges 
Peninsulas Southern Eyre Peninsula
Victoria Port Phillip
Mornington Peninsula
Macedon Ranges
Sunbury
Jane Faulkner
Geelong
Yarra Valley
Philip Rich
Central Victoria
Heathcote Campbell Mattinson
Bendigo
Nagambie Lakes
Goulburn Valley
Strathbogie Ranges
Upper Goulburn
Jeni Port
North East Victoria Rutherglen
King Valley
Alpine Valleys
Beechworth
Glenrowan 
Jeni Port
Western Victoria  Grampians and Great Western
Pyrenees
Henty
Ballarat 
Campbell Mattinson
North West Victoria Murray Darling
Swan Hill 
Campbell Mattinson
Gippsland Gippsland Jane Faulkner
New South Wales Hunter Valley Hunter
   Broke Fordwich
   Pokolbin
   Upper Hunter Valley
James Halliday
Central Ranges Mudgee
Orange
Cowra 
Shanteh Wale
Southern New South
Wales 
Canberra
Gundagai
Hilltops
Tumbarumba
Jane Faulkner
Big Rivers Riverina
Perricoota 
Shanteh Wale
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 Jane Faulkner
Great Southern
   Albany
   Denmark
   Frankland River
   Mount Barker
   Porongurup

Blackwood Valley
Geographe
Manjimup
Pemberton
Mike Bennie
Greater Perth Swan
Peel
Perth Hills
South East Coastal South East Coastal 
Tasmania Northern Tasmania Northern Tasmania  Dave Brookes
Southern Tasmania Southern Tasmania
East Coast East Coast
Queensland Queensland Granite Belt
South Burnett
Darling Downs
Coastal and Hinterland

Mike Bennie

Northern Territory Northern Territory Northern Territory

 

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:


Yelland & Papps Mike Bennie
Hutton Vale
Corymbia Campbell Mattinson
Green Door Wines
Paul Nelson Wines
Vino Volta



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

Please only send wines to the taster designated to your region. Only they will review your wines for the Companion. 

 

To ensure wines are reviewed in the Companion, packages must be addressed to the taster at ‘Halliday Wine Companion’.

 

You are welcome to send wines from other regions to tasters for other publications, but please clearly mark them as such.

 

Tasting Panel Delivery Details

NEW! Please register wines here before sending to the designated taster for your region.

Please register wines here before sending to the designated taster for your region. This helps us to track wines and minimise error.

Taster Address Contact Instructions
Campbell Mattinson
Halliday Wine Companion
3 Piccolo Cct,
Williamstown North
VIC 3016
Phone: 0409 405 444
Email: campbell.mattinson@gmail.com
Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with ‘leave if unattended’

Packaging instructions:
Six-bottle cartons are preferred. 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.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six-bottle cartons.
Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Ned Goodwin MW Halliday Wine Companion
c/o Langton's Fine Wine
26 Waterloo Street
Surrey Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 0449 619 588
Email: rednedwine@me.com
Delivery instructions:
No deliveries on Mondays. Deliveries preferred after 2pm on other days. Please ensure no signature required on receipt.

Packaging instructions:
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
Packaging instructions:
If six or more samples, six-bottle cartons are preferred. If less than six bottles are being sent, preference is for two- or three-pack cardboard boxes. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion
31a Maddens Lane
Coldstream VIC 3770
Email: hallidaywinewriting@bigpond.com  Packaging instructions:
Six-bottle cartons are preferred. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Philip Rich Halliday Wine Companion
98 Rose Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: 0419 009 385
Email: psrich@vinodatavola.com.au
Delivery instructions:
Authority to leave on front veranda and to close the front gate shut afterwards.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements. 
Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
218 High Street
Lismore Heights NSW 2480
Phone: 0472 548 212
Email: wine@davebrookes.me
Delivery instructions:
If no one is home, please open the side gate and leave cartons undercover on the back verandah.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Mike Bennie Halliday Wine Companion
c.o P&V Wine
64 Enmore Road Newtown, NSW 2042

If you may have been stocked
in the last 5 years at P&V Merchants,
please email Mike first to check.
Any potential conflicts of interest will be diverted to another taster.

Phone: 0411 330 338
Email: hello@mikebennie.com

Delivery instructions:
Please deliver between 10am–9pm only, no earlier.

Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements.
Shanteh Wale Halliday Wine Companion
1C Hume Drive
Helensburgh, NSW 2508
Phone: 0450 423 408
Email: shanteh@shantehwale.com.au
Packaging instructions:
Please send samples in six- or-twelve bottle cartons. Please refer to the wine information and packaging details (as above) for full requirements. 

Questions

Please contact our tasting manager Emily Lightfoot with any queries regarding wine submissions and reviews.


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