10 teasers for the 2021 awards

The best of the best from the Halliday Wine Companion guide will be announced on Wednesday, August 5, with the six major award winners and all of the top-rating wines releasing online the following day. Find out more about what you can expect ahead.

    The Halliday Wine Companion Awards will be broadcast online on August 5. Follow along with a glass of great Australian wine, and until then, anticipate the event with these 10 teasers.

  • More than 9000 Australian wines were tasted for the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion guide.Hands holding wine glasses at a tasting

  • Of those 9000, there are full tasting notes and ratings for 4063 wines, plus ratings, drink-to dates and prices for a further 4056.A line-up of wines and a woman making notes in the background

  • From the thousands of wines tasted, 29 were rated 99 points and are among the finest in the country.Wine bottles in a row, selective focus

  • Only one wine has received 100 points.Close-up of three bottles

  • As well as the six major awards, 16 varietal winners will be revealed.A group of people toasting with wine glasses

  • The lowest-priced varietal winner is $31, and the highest-priced varietal winner is $700.Wine bottles with tags around their necks

  • There will be 1165 winery reviews featured in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion guide.The outside of a cellar door in NSW

  • Of those 1165, there are 59 new wineries featuring for the first time.New shoots in a vineyard

  • Six of this year’s 10 dark horses – wineries achieving a five-star rating following a history of lesser ratings – come from Victoria.Bright sunshine over a vineyard in Victoria

  • Four of this year’s best value wineries come from South Australia.A red dirt road between vineyards in South Australia

  • Image credits: iStock and Wine Australia

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