The Australian lawyer JH James Halliday (born 1938) ran a law firm from 1966 to 1988. From 1977 he worked as wine critic at well-known wine competitions and events in Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and in the USA, and from 1979 as a wine author. He is one of the best known and most influential wine journalists and wine book authors Australia, Halliday has authored and co-authored over 40 wine books that have been translated into many languages. Among other things, he worked for the "Oxford Companion to Wine" (publisher Jancis Robinson ) and "Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine". He wrote columns of wine in Australian newspapers twice a week. His wine guide "Australian Wine Companion" was regularly reissued.
Already in 1970 he and two colleagues had the "Brokenwood Winery" in the Hunter Valley founded, but later got out. In 1985 he founded the winery together with his wife Suzanne Coldstream Hills in Victoria. Halliday received numerous awards. These were “The Wine Spectator Book of the Year” for the “Wine Atlas of California”, the “Gold Award at the World Food Media Awards” for the “Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand” and the “Charles Heidsieck Award for Excellence in Wine Journalism ”in 1983. In 1995 he received the prestigious award for his life's work and his great contribution to Australian viticulture O'Shea Award, Finally, in 2010 James Halliday became a member of the Australian Order of Australia due to his extraordinary achievements in many public functions.