Halliday 2020 Wine Companion Awards

Every year James Halliday and his tasting panel look at over 9000 wines for the Halliday Wine Companion Guide. If you want to know about Australian wine, then the Guide is a must-have. It is the industry benchmark and definitive guide to the best Australian wines, winemakers and wineries. I have copies going back years and continually refer to it when I come across something new to me or when I want to know how a particular vintage performed.

This year’s Companion will be launched at The Halliday Wine Companion Awards.

The not to be missed milestone event will be held on the 7th August 2019 and will this year again take place in the stunning surrounds of the National Gallery of Victoria.

MC Merrick Watts and James Halliday will announce the six major awards including Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Best Value Winery of the Year, Best New Winery and Dark Horse Winery of the Year along with ten varietal winners that are carefully selected by James and his team.

It’s regarded as the wine industry’s most coveted event and with 27 of the country’s best wines expertly matched to a five-course degustation menu, it’s easy to see why. The menu will be created by Restaurant Associate’s head chef, Andrew Hunt who has carefully curated a menu that compliments each wine.

Want in? Tickets for the Awards night are now on sale here, with a limited number available.


– Wednesday 7 August 2019

– The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria

– 6.15pm – 11pm

– Guests will taste 27 wines matched with a 5-course menu

– Tickets can be purchased for $500 + booking fee here

– Halliday members receive a discounted price of $400


The day after the awards, Australia’s indispensable reference to the country’s leading wine and wine growing regions, 2020 Halliday Wine Companion book will be released and available nationally where all good books are sold.

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