We present to you the 2024 Shortlist for Best New Winery. This category celebrates the finest wineries submitting to the Companion for the first time. With more than 50 new wineries this year, this award recognises the best of the wineries that are new to the Halliday Wine Companion. Meet our finalists below.
Victoria. Ryan Ponsford, the man behind the label, is characterised by deep thought, hard work and an artistic flair; it’s little wonder that he’s turning out outstanding pinot noir and syrah, among other varieties.
Yarra Valley, Gippsland and Mornington Peninsula regions, though Fleet has also put down its own roots at Leongatha (Gippsland). The world is at this producer’s feet.
Joshua Cooper Wines, VictoriaSuch is the incredible quality and consistency of Joshua Cooper's wines. Josh Cooper, who makes wines mostly out of central Victoria up to Macedon, grew up at the noted Cobaw Ridge winery (he’s the son of Alan and Nellie Cooper) and it’s fair to say that his knowledge and respect for what makes quality wine runs deep. There’s an authenticity to his wines, a command, and a life.
MMAD, McLaren ValeTwo masters of wine and two of the most highly regarded winemakers: that’s the team behind MMAD. The names respectively are no less than Martin Shaw, Michael Hill Smith, Adam Wadewitz and David LeMire. There are three wines in the range – shiraz, grenache and chenin blanc – all from Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale.
Terrason Wines, VictoriaThe brainchild of Marc Lunt and Leanne Westell, Terrason has a knack for sourcing excellent-quality grapes from both the King and Yarra valleys and then, with minimal intervention between times, turning out characterful wines of real interest.
*This is an edited extract from the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by James Halliday, Campbell Mattinson, Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Ned Goodwin MW, Philip Rich and Shanteh Wale. Cover art by Ka Mo.
The winner of each category will be announced at the 2024 Halliday Wine Companion Awards on Wednesday August 2, 2023.
The 2024 Halliday Wine Companion is available from August 3. You can pre-order your copy of Australia's most comprehensive wine guide here.
Words by Campbell Mattinson