Australian lawyer JH James Halliday (born 1938) ran a law firm from 1966 to 1988. From 1977 he operated as wine critic
at renowned 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 influential wine journalists and wine book authors Australia
, Halliday has been involved in over 40 wine books as author and co-author, translated into many languages. Among other things, he worked for the "Oxford Companion to Wine" (ed. Jancis Robinson
) and "Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine". He wrote wine columns in Australian newspapers twice a week. His wine guide "Australian Wine Companion" has been reissued regularly.
Already in 1970, he and two colleagues founded the winery "Brokenwood Winery" in the Hunter Valley, but later got out again. In 1985 he founded the winery together with his wife Suzanne Coldstream Hills
in Victoria. Halliday received numerous honors. 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. For his life's work and his great services to the Australian viticulture he received in 1995 the renowned O'Shea Award
, Eventually, James Halliday became a member of the Australian Order of Australia in 2010 due to his extraordinary achievements in many public functions.