2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards
Margaret River Wine Reigns Supreme
The Margaret River region reigned supreme at the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards held last night (7 August) in Melbourne. Organic and bio-dynamic winemaker, Vanya Cullen was named Winemaker of the Year, Domaine Naturaliste was awarded Best Value Winery of the Year and the region received the largest number of Best of Varietal Awards.
Vanya Cullen, Winemaker of the Year
Organic and biodynamic winemaker, Vanya Cullen was named Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony. James Halliday is universally considered Australia’s foremost expert on wine, immersing himself in the latest canvas of the country’s wine by tasting 80 wines daily for his Halliday Wine Companion book, the wine industry’s equivalent of the Bible.
This is the second year in a row that a Margaret River Winemaker has received Winemaker of the Year, with Julian Langworthy of Deep Woods Estate bringing home the award last year.
“Vanya’s commitment to improving Cullen Wines while leaving the world a better place is reflected in the winery’s carbon-neutral and naturally powered status.” Halliday said of Cullen.
A tour of the Cullen Wines and Restaurant takes you direct to the heart of Vanya’s principles. You’ll learn about biodynamic preparation among the vines, tour the vineyard’s biodynamic garden and then sit down to eat the food and drink the wine you’ve just fallen in love with. An experience not to be missed.
Domaine Naturaliste, Best Value Winery of the Year
After nearly three decades of applying his passion and expertise to countless vintages for local producers, renowned winemaker Bruce Dukes launched Domaine Naturaliste – his own range of highly acclaimed wines. Named in homage to the southwest region where he has honed his craft.
Having recently opened a cellar door in Wilyabrup, visitors can now sample Bruce’s beautiful, balanced wines among the vines. Settle in for a wine flight, explained to you by the knowledgeable cellar door team and paired with a range of local and imported cheeses and cured meats.
Best Varietal Awards
Margaret River is well and truly the star of the 2020 Companion, the famed region responsible for five of Halliday’s 12 best varietal awards (listed further down) that recognise the top rated wines across Australia in each grape category:
Sauvignon Blanc: 2017 Flowstone Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc, 96pts
Chardonnay: 2017 Moss Wood Wilyabrup Chardonnay, 99pts
Semillon Sauvignon blends: 2016 Stella Bella Suckfizzle SBS, 97pts
Cabernet Sauvignon: 2016 Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 99pts
Cabernet Sauvignon (and family): 2017 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline, 98pts
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Domaine NaturalisteEveryday 10am to 5pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Grazing Platters & Hampers,Open for Business,Seated Tastings
160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup WA 6280, Australia
Cullen Wines & RestaurantMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 4:30pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Child Friendly,Dine In,Disabled Access,Dog Friendly,Open for Business,Seated Tastings,Vegan Wines
4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, Western Australia, 6280, Australia
Stella Bella WinesMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Disabled Access,Open for Business
205 Rosabrook Rd, Margaret River
926 Metricup Road, WILYABRUP
Deep Woods EstateMonday - Sunday: 10:00am until 5:00pmGreat For: Cellar Sales,Open for Business,Picnic Spot
889 Commonage Road, YALLINGUP