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 quarterly magazine and the annual Companion book.


Important information

  • Please register wines for review here before sending
  • 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
Winery information and star ratings
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 each winery's highest wine scores. The criteria for star ratings can be read here.
  • 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

Please send wines in when they are ready – multiple smaller submissions are welcome. The preference of our Tasting Team is to review the wines ahead of their release to market. 4-6 week out is a good rule to follow. Please don't send wines in that are not due to be released for another year, they are not ready for tasting.

  • Friday November 29, 2024: Deadline for most samples to arrive
  • Friday January 24, 2025: Deadline for newly bottled samples to arrive

This later deadline is for newly bottled samples ONLY. Shipments of entire or near-entire portfolios shipped at this stage won’t make this edition.

We always ask, for the sake of the wine, that you watch weather forecasts and try to avoid shipping during the hottest weeks.

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
  • Wines made for a specific retail channel can be submitted but only if the winery name is clearly identified on the label, and the wine is made under the winery's name.
  • 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

 

Put your best foot forward. We're looking for both the best value and best quality wines in the land. 


Will everything submitted be tasted? We do our best. Regrettably though, it’s impossible to guarantee that everything can be tasted. For the best chance of inclusion in the Companion, send your samples as early as possible and follow the instructions.

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.

You’ll need the wine name, vintage, GI (region), RRP, release date and relevant viticultural/vinification details for each wine to hand, in order to complete the form. If you do not have this information, the wines are not ready to be reviewed.

If you are short on time, please register the wines but include viti/vini details in the box for delivery. We do not permit wine submissions to be retracted, so please be certain before sending.

Note that lab labels (unlabelled samples) are permitted, but barrel samples are not. Lab-labelled wines must state the following on the bottle:

  • The full and complete name of the wine
  • Region/s (GI/s)
  • Alcohol
  • Release date
  • Commercial bottling date
  • Closure
  • Cases produced

Please label the back of each bottle with the RRP.


Packaging

Please send one bottle of each wine, two bottles if natural cork sealed. Please do not send two bottles of screwcap-sealed wines.

Please ensure all viti/vini details are in the box and the RRP is listed on the bottle.

Please send samples in cardboard cartons with cardboard spacers between bottles. Six- or 12-bottle boxes are greatly preferred by the tasters, as they’re more easily reused and recycled. If you have <6 bottles to send, you can use smaller boxes.

Whatever sized box you use, please do not stuff boxes with soft plastic, foam, shredded paper, packaging beans, empty bottles or newspaper. Please do not send individually wrapped bottles, polystyrene, webs, styrofoam or inflatable packaging, either.

 


Winery information and star ratings

If you are new to the Companion, welcome! Please use this form to tell us everything we need to know about your winery. We encourage you to supply as much detail as possible. You can contact our Tasting Manager with any other information you would like to share.  

Star ratings are re-calculated every year (see the methodology here) and are based primarily on the scores in each edition. If you are unable to submit any wines in a given year, for example due to fire or drought, your rating may be rolled over (for one year only) if you notify us, but you are unlikely to be included in the book.

 

The Companion tasting team

The Halliday Wine Companion tasting team is Campbell Mattinson (chief editor), Dave Brookes, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port, Mike Bennie, Shanteh Wale, Toni Paterson MW and Marcus Ellis. The GIs (wine regions) 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 Fogarty 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.  


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 Plains
Mount Lofty Ranges
Campbell Mattinson
Adelaide Hills
Clare Valley
Mike Bennie
Fleurieu
McLaren Vale Marcus Ellis
Langhorne Creek Campbell Mattinson
Currency Creek
Kangaroo Island
Southern Fleurieu
Campbell Mattinson
Limestone Coast  Robe
Coonawarra
Padthaway
Mount Benson
Wrattonbully
Mount Gambier 
Shanteh Wale
Lower Murray Riverland Campbell Mattinson
Far North Southern Flinders Ranges 
Peninsulas Southern Eyre Peninsula
Victoria
 Central Victoria Zone

Bendigo
Nagambie Lakes
Goulburn Valley
Upper Goulburn
Strathbogie Ranges
Heathcote

Jeni Port
 North East Victoria Rutherglen
King Valley
Alpine Valleys
Beechworth
Glenrowan 
 Gippsland Gippsland Jane Faulkner
 Port Phillip Zone Port Phillip
Mornington Peninsula
Macedon Ranges
Sunbury
Yarra Valley
Geelong
Philip Rich
 Western Victoria Henty
Pyrenees Toni Paterson MW
Grampians and Great Western
Ballarat 
 
Campbell Mattinson
 North West Victoria Swan Hill
Murray Darling VIC
New South Wales Hunter Valley Hunter Valley
Broke Fordwich
Pokolbin
Upper Hunter Valley
Toni Paterson MW
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

If you have a personal or commercial relationship with the taster for you region please do contact our Tasting Manager who will advise where best to send your wines.


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

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

C/O Campbell Mattinson

12 Thorpe Street, Newport, VIC 3015


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.
Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion
17 Carpenter Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Phone: 0409 232 996
Email: janefaulkner@winematters.com.au

Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with 'leave if unattended'.

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 ensure all viti/vini details are in the box and the RRP is listed on the bottle. 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: shantehwale@shanteh.com.au

Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with 'leave if unattended'. Note to specify 1C clearly.

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. 

Toni Paterson MW Halliday Wine Companion
16 Hereford Street Glebe, NSW 2037
Phone: 0410 776 791
Email: toni@tonipaterson.com

Delivery instructions:
Please mark packages clearly with 'leave if unattended'.

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. 

Marcus Ellis Halliday Wine Companion
8/209 Rathmines Street Fairfield, VIC 3078

Phone: 0411 125 560
Email: marcus@fauxnonfaux.com

Delivery instructions:
If no one is home, please leave behind the gate next to the side fence (press the keyhole button to open).

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 Katrina Butler with any queries regarding wine submissions, reviews and tasting note publication.


Katrina Butler 
Tasting Manager 
Phone: 0417 751 130  
Email: tasting@winecompanion.com.au

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