Tahbilk Wines has dedicated a cellar on the historic estate to prolific wine writer James Halliday AM.
Various buildings at the winery – established in 1860 – feature plaques honouring long-time staff members or signifying building openings by Prime Ministers, Federal Ministers and State Premiers.
And on Monday, James Halliday was present to witness the unveiling of the James Halliday Cellar.
“Tahbilk and the Purbrick family have long been friends of mine, and I am humbled by this dedication,” James said.
Then he quipped, “Even if it suggests I am near the end of my useful life.”
Fourth generation board member Alister Purbrick unveiled the plaque.
“My family has agreed that naming one of our buildings after James is so appropriate and a small token of our gratitude for his support of our great industry, Tahbilk and my family over many years,” he said.
“In keeping with our Estate tradition, we believe that naming a cellar for James provides lasting recognition of his enormous contribution to the wine landscape in Australia and beyond.
“His wine ratings are followed by a global audience of consumers and industry and are an unquestioned measure of wine quality.
“And we look forward to welcoming James back to the estate to visit any time.”
James’s old friend and former colleague Len Evans had the Estate’s Museum named after him during Tahbilk’s 135th anniversary celebrations in 1995.