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Halliday Wine Companion has announced the shortlisted wineries, winemakers, and viticulturists for the highly anticipated 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. 


The esteemed new-look Halliday Tasting Team is comprised of nine panelists, including new chief editor Campbell Mattinson, one of the founding editors of Halliday magazine in 2012 and a Halliday Wine Companion reviewer since 2013. 


This year’s winners were determined through a series of tastings and round-table discussions, meaning each title awarded is the result of a truly collaborative effort. Each panelist is responsible for tasting and reviewing wines from a specific region around the country. It’s a year-round process which allows for continuity, connection and specialist expertise.


The Halliday Tasting Team, which is comprised of James Halliday AM, Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Ned Goodwin MW, Philip Rich and Shanteh Wale, came together in April 2023 to blind taste, examine and finalise candidates from their respective regions for each awards category, before deciding the ultimate winners. This year, more than 8500 wines were tasted, and over 50 new wineries discovered – the panel has carefully selected the top-rated Australian wines, winemakers, wineries, and viticulturists.


The Shortlist represents the pinnacle of Australian winemaking, with wineries from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and New South Wales. It is a testament to the high standards and diversity of the Australian wine market, showcasing the best the country has to offer.


In addition to the exciting shortlist announcement, the People’s Choice Award returns for its third year. This award allows wine enthusiasts to have their say and recognise Australia’s best winery experience. Voting is now open to the public on, enabling participants to celebrate outstanding cellar doors, remarkable restaurants, friendly staff, picturesque views, and exceptional wines. Voters also have the chance to win a prize pack valued at over $1,400, featuring exceptional wines and wine accessories. The winner of the People's Choice Award will be revealed on 29 July 2023.


The prestigious Halliday Wine Companion Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday August 2, at the distinguished Stokehouse in St Kilda. Before the release of the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion on Thursday August 3.


During the ceremony the major awards will be presented: Wine of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Winery of the Year, Viticulturist of the Year, Best Value Winery, Best New Winery, and Dark Horse Winery. The top varietal winners will be announced across seventeen categories including Red Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Sparkling of the Year, Shiraz of the Year, and Riesling of the Year.


As we gather once again to honour the remarkable resilience and dedication of the Australian wine industry, the Halliday Wine Companion Awards stand as a testament to the passion and expertise that shape the country's winemaking landscape. 


The 2024 Halliday Wine Companion is available to pre-order now and will be on sale 3 August 2023. For more information about the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, please visit





Every year, the Halliday Wine Companion Tasting Team pinpoint the nation’s top wines, winemakers, viticulturists and wineries from a pool of several thousand featured in the annual Halliday Wine Companion guide. Founder James Halliday, together with Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Ned Goodwin MW, Philip Rich and Shanteh Wale, cherry-pick the high performers from a range of criteria to offer a true representation of Australia’s greatest names in wine. The Awards are one of the most anticipated events on the Australian drinks calendar.





All Saints Estate – Rutherglen

Bleasdale Vineyards – Langhorne Creek

First Creek Wines – Hunter Valley

Giant Steps – Yarra Valley

Leogate Estate Wines – Hunter Valley

Oakridge Wines – Yarra Valley

Penley Estate – Coonawarra

Pepper Tree Wines – Hunter Valley

Yalumba – Eden Valley

Yangarra Estate Vineyard – McLaren Vale



Colin McBryde – Adelina Wines, Clare Valley

Gerald Naef – Patina Wines, Orange

Jim Chatto – Pepper Tree Wines, Hunter Valley

Kate Goodman – Penley Estate, Coonawarra

Mark Messenger – Juniper Estate, Margaret River

Michael Downer – Murdoch Hill, Adelaide Hills

Paul Dahlenburg – Eldorado Road & Baileys of Glenrowan, Beechworth/Glenrowan

Sam Middleton – Mount Mary, Yarra Valley

Samantha Connew – Stargazer, Tasmania



Bart Maloney – Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Dr Dylan Grigg – Consultant, Various

Jacob Stein – Robert Stein Vineyard, Mudgee Liz Riley – Scarborough Wine Co & Mistletoe Wines, Hunter Valley

Mark Walpole – Fighting Gully Road, Beechworth

Michael Lane – Yangarra Estate Vineyard & Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard, McLaren Vale

Rhys Thomas – Swinney, Frankland Rive

Stuart Proud – Thousand Candles, Yarra Valley



Billy Button Wines – Alpine Valleys

Bleasdale Vineyards – Langhorne Creek

Bondar Wines – McLaren Vale

Bremerton Wines – Langhorne Creek

Briar Ridge Vineyard – Hunter Valley

Carillion Wines – Hunter Valley

Dappled Wines – Yarra Valley

De Bortoli – Yarra Valley

Mordrelle Wines – Adelaide Hills

Oakridge Wines – Yarra Valley

Two Hands Wines – Barossa Valley

Xanadu Wines – Margaret River



Entropy Wines – Gippsland

Fleet Wines – Gippsland

Gaffy & Neal – Mornington Peninsula

Gentle Folk – Adelaide Hills

Joshua Cooper Wines – Victoria

MMAD – McLaren Vale

Neldner Road – Barossa Valley

Nightfall Wines – Coonawarra

Terrason Wines – Victoria

Winmark Wines – Hunter Valley



Anderson & Marsh – Alpine Valleys

Curator Wine Company – Barossa Valley

Emilian – Yarra Valley

Mount Eyre Vineyards – Hunter Valley

Topper's Mountain Wines – New England

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