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Cullen receives The Drinks Business 2008 Woman of the Year award
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There was no doubt in the minds of the judges that Vanya Cullen, managing director and winemaker of Cullen Wines, is the very worthy recipient of The Drinks Business 2008 Woman of the Year prize. Cullen said she felt honoured and privileged to accept the award at the International Wine Trade Fair in London last week and extended her sincere thanks to the Cullen Wines Board, shareholders, her late parents Diana and Kevin and all the team at Cullen Wines for their support.
Since 1989, when she became responsible for winemaking at her family’s Margaret River winery, Cullen has gained a reputation for being at the vanguard of producing wines to the most rigorous standards of organic and more recently, bio-dynamic, standards, attaining Grade A bio-dynamic certification from the Biological Farmers Association.
Exemplary viticulture lies at the heart of her success and her attention to detail has also seen her commitment to environmental issues stretch still further as she has converted the winery to natural power sourced from nearby wind farms and by becoming the first carbon neutral winery in Australia.
“Her dedication to running her business and making her wines in the most environmentally friendly way as possible is admirable,” said one of the judges. “Cullen has gained an international reputation for herself not only for producing quality wines in the most ‘green’ way but also for being instrumental in putting Margaret River on the map when it comes to producing high quality wines. Her commitment to environmentally sustainable farming and commercial practices is an example to the drinks industry as a whole that you can run a successful business while looking after the environment.”