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The  Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Schedule contains all the information you will need to participate. A PDF version of the 2019 Schedule can be downloaded here: Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Schedule

Thank you for entering the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

Important Dates                                                                                                          

  • Entries open on Monday 3 June 2019
  • Entries close Friday 28 June 2019
  • Exhibits must be delivered during the period Monday 29 July – Friday 9 August 2019
  • Judging will take place on Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 August 2019
  • Trophy announcement will take place by October 31 2019

Entry Criteria                                                                                                           

  1. The  Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge is open to Australian wines only.
  2. Wines must declare the following on the commercial label:
    a.   One, and only one, Australian geographic region or  subregion as defined by the Australian Geographic Indications.
    b.   Chardonnay, and only chardonnay
    c.   Vintage year
    The rules governing these declarations can be found here: Compliance Guide
  3. If the wine is produced from grapes which originate outside a gazetted geographic regional, please contact Administration on 03 5962 7610.
  4. All vintages are eligible.
  5. Wines must be commercially bottled, and entries must be clearly labelled as per criteria defined in clause 2.
  6. All exhibits must conform to their respective State Acts and Commonwealth Acts which govern the manufacture of Australian wine including (but not limited to) the Label Integrity Program under the Wine Australia Corporation Act and Food Standards Code.
  7. Only still table wines may be entered.
  8. There is no restriction on the number of entries per winery.
  9. Exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor at the time of entry.
  10. Each wine must have a minimum volume of 50 dozen at time of entry.
  11. The organiser reserves the right to market and promote any wine entered in the Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.
  12. All exhibits become the property of the organiser who may make exhibits available for other judging or promotional tastings.
  13. Entry fee $115 (Inc. GST) for each wine entered.
  14. Entry fees will not be refunded if an exhibit is not received by the due date, withdrawn by the exhibitor after entry form lodgement, or the exhibit is disqualified by the Chief Steward.
  15. No entry will be accepted until receipt of the full entry fee.
  16. Wines may be refused entry, or may be disqualified at the complete discretion of the Chief Steward and/or the Wine Show Committee.
  17. Each exhibit must consist of 6 x 750ml bottles for judging purposes.
  18. Any promotional opportunities will be forwarded to exhibitors for their consideration.
  19. Entries from the Yarra Valley G.I. must enter through the Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show, Class 4.  These wines will be eligible for both the Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show and the Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge.

Whilst it is not required that the commercial label is affixed to the exhibit, it is strongly suggested that all wines have a label as they may be used for promotional photography and video.

Delivery of Exhibits                                                                                        

All exhibits must be delivered during the period Monday 29 July – Friday 9 August 2019 to:

Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge
C/- Domaine Chandon
727 Maroondah Highway
Coldstream Victoria 3770

Outer packaging must include the following details.

  • Langton’sJames Halliday Chardonnay Challenge
  • Region of wine (Please list)

Exhibit Labels                                                                                                              

  • Exhibit labels and delivery information will be emailed to exhibitors approximately 2 weeks prior to delivery due date.
  • Exhibit labels must be fixed to the bottle and where possible not covering the commercial label.


  • Judging will take place alongside the Langton’s Yarra Valley Wine Show by panels of three judges.
  • Scores will be published on a 100 point scale.
  • Wines receiving less than 85 points will be listed in the catalogue without scores.
  • The single most highly pointed wine from each region (scoring 95 points or above) will be eligible for the Trophy.


  • A random audit will be conducted with respect to any entry in line with ASVO guidelines.
  • If an audit reveals that an exhibit was not submitted in accordance with the Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Regulations any award(s) that the exhibit may have earned will be forfeited and the responsible exhibitor may be denied entry to future events.


Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Trophy
The trophy for Australia’s best regional chardonnay.

Best of Region

  • The highest scoring wine from each region (only wines scoring ≥ 95 points will be eligible).
  • All wines will receive a score out of 100 which can be used for marketing purposes.
  • Exhibitors shall comply with the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) Code of Practice for the display of awards.  A copy of the code can be found here:  Awards Code of Practice. 


  • No correspondence with respect to any decisions will be entered into.

Privacy Statement                                                                                                 

The Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association (YVWGA) collects information from a number of sources, in the public domain, to contact wine enterprises who then may be invited to enter the Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. The YVWGA collects further information from wine enterprises as they submit an entry. All collected information from entries is only used to further existing relationships with entrants. The YVWGA does not pass on, or disclose, any information about wine enterprises to any other organisation or person.


The Langton’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge is operated by the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association.

 Chief Steward                      Administration

Elita Vezis                             Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association

Tel: 03 5962 7610