As James Halliday himself says in the foreword to his 2018 Halliday Wine Companion, "Australian wine is in a good place right now".
Which is why we're lucky to have so many of the very finest winemakers and producers in our own back yard, not to mention all the restaurants and accommodation options that go hand in hand with a good glass of vino.
With 30 million glasses of Australian wines enjoyed worldwide every day, and a maturity and bravery permeating the industry, things are looking rosé in wine land. So, whatever your varietal preference, here's our pick of the bunch in this year's wine bible...
Best Sauvignon Blanc - Our own local legends at Oakdene saw their Jessica Single Vineyard effort awarded as one of the five finest in Australia.
Bravo to the whole team on an outstanding achievement!
Best of the Region - Elsewhere in Geelong and the Bellarine, we saw a host of familiar names taking their place at the top of the regional list.
Each of these wineries are recognised as an outstanding 5 Star winery, capable of producing wines of very high quality. and in the case of Scotchman's Hill, have achieved this distinction for the last two years as well. This is an important recognition of their hard work, and puts them in the top tier of Australian winemakers.
Raise a glass, or get down to the venues and savour these award winning wines in person!