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Cullen Wines & Restaurant

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A Brief History
Winemaking began on the Cullen property in Margaret River more than 40 years ago. Studies in the early 1960's showed that Margaret River had some very special qualities. The climate was particularly suited to growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. On the advice of eminent agronomist Dr John Gladstones, Dr. Kevin and Diana Cullen planted a trial acre of vines at Wilyabrup in 1966. The encouraging results of this led to the planting of 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm in 1971.

Winemaking
While Kevin Cullen supervised vineyard and winery activities, Diana Cullen was the sole winemaker until 1986, when she was joined by daughter Vanya, who assumed prime responsibility in 1989. In 2000, Vanya became the first woman and first West Australian to be awarded the Qantas Australian Winemaker of the Year. Vanya has also been awarded the UK Drinks Magazine "Woman of the Year" 2008 and "Green Personality of the Year" 2011 for her efforts in sustainability.

Biodynamics
Since the Estate was planted, chemical intervention was minimal and the family's concern for the environment paramount. In 1998 the change to total organic viticulture was made. Diana and Vanya went intuitively towards healing the soil by putting back what had been taken out. As a result, the Cullen Vineyard gained A Grade Organic Certification in 2003, followed by A Grade Biodynamic Certification in 2004 (Vineyard) and 2008 (Winery) by the Biological Farmers Association of Australia.

Awards
In 2005, the iconic Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot was elevated to the top Langton's classification category of "Exceptional", and in 2010 The Decanter World Wine Awards, presented Cullen Wines the top prize for it's 2007 Kevin John Chardonnay. The most recent of accolades is for the 2016 Diana Madeline, with a score of 18 points from Jancis Robinson and 2016 Kevin John with 97 points from Huon Hooke and Ray Jordan.

Cullen Dining
The Cullen Restaurant overlooks the historic vineyard. The building's unique construction from granite and timber, blends harmoniously with the surroundings and provides a relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine, lunch or a coffee. In keeping with the organic/biodynamic philosophy in the vineyard, all food in the restaurant is prepared using fresh, biodynamic and organic produce and is sourced from our own garden and select local producers.

Cullen Homestead
Cullen Wines extend to you an invitation to stay in their Homestead. In all it contains six bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living area with a large stone fireplace. Visitors have the opportunity wandering over to the Cullen Winery for a tasting or lunch. The Homestead also has the advantage of being located in the heart of the wine growing subregion of Wilyabrup, only 15 minutes by road from the beach at Gracetown, Cowaramup Bay, the township of Cowaramup and is only 20 minutes from Margaret River town.

Tours

Google Reviews

29
Mar
2019
Yin chong Boey
5.0
Always enjoyed the wines and place. Had lunch too. Excellent wines.. enjoyed the Mosh SB. Had the Octopus starter changed as the soy sauce a little too over powering but superb later w bread. The lamb and fish was super. Latter moist and delicious.. 👏👏👏
20
Apr
2019
Mel Pearson-wright
5.0
Stunning food. Beautiful view. Very knowledgable waitress. 100% recommend. Lamb & pumpkin dish 👍🏽👍🏽
09
May
2019
ifocus ifocus
5.0
Beautiful vineyard, beautiful Chardonnay! 2017 Cullen amber wine is a must try, interesting in an awesome way!!
18
Apr
2019
Ric Diez
3.0
Nice location in the middle of their vinyards. Cullen specialises in Bio and Biodynamic wines. Service was ok but a little arrogant to people who are casually dressed. some of the wines although very very good are proced unreasonably high

Google Reviews

29
Mar
2019
Yin chong Boey
5.0
Always enjoyed the wines and place. Had lunch too. Excellent wines.. enjoyed the Mosh SB. Had the Octopus starter changed as the soy sauce a little too over powering but superb later w bread. The lamb and fish was super. Latter moist and delicious.. 👏👏👏
20
Apr
2019
Mel Pearson-wright
5.0
Stunning food. Beautiful view. Very knowledgable waitress. 100% recommend. Lamb & pumpkin dish 👍🏽👍🏽
09
May
2019
ifocus ifocus
5.0
Beautiful vineyard, beautiful Chardonnay! 2017 Cullen amber wine is a must try, interesting in an awesome way!!
18
Apr
2019
Ric Diez
3.0
Nice location in the middle of their vinyards. Cullen specialises in Bio and Biodynamic wines. Service was ok but a little arrogant to people who are casually dressed. some of the wines although very very good are proced unreasonably high