Cullen Leads the Pack in Biodynamic Food and Wine
January 7, 2015
by Winsor Dobbin
It was only in the 1960s that vines were first planted in Margaret River in Western Australia – a district that is now regarded as one of Australia’s leading premium wine regions.
The first two wine producers in the region were Vasse Felix and Cullen Wines – and Cullen is today regarded as one of the pioneers of Australian organic and biodynamic viticulture, as well as being the first vineyard and winery in the country to be certified carbon neutral and be naturally powered.
Founders Kevin and Diana Cullen, whose names are honoured by the winery’s flagship red and white wines, handed over the reins to their daughter Vanya, who made her first vintage in 1983 and is regarded as one of the pre-eminent global experts on biodynamic wine farming.
Diana and Kevin Cullen planted a trial vineyard on their Wilyabrup property in 1966 and, pleased by the results, planted a further 17 acres of vineyards in 1971, vowing to use minimum chemical intervention right from the start.
Today, Cullen Wines produces around 20,000 cases of premium wines, which can be found on wine lists of some of the world’s greatest restaurants.