As we release the next in the our series The Winemaker, Max Brearley profiles Vanya Cullen – Owner, Managing Director and Chief Winemaker at Cullen Wines. Watch the full length film below for a glimpse of one of Margaret River’s most awarded winemakers.
“It’s a very beautiful thing to do” says Vanya Cullen as she reflects on her role as Cullen Wines Winemaker and Managing Director, “It’s very much about nature and as much as we can keep that purity of nature in the wines we do.”
With thirty-three vintages to her name at Cullen, Vanya has a deep connection to the land from which she creates some of Australia’s most renowned and highly awarded wines. In vintage, the vineyards surrounding the winery are a blur of activity, as the prized fruit is hand picked, before making its short trip to the iconic stone built winery. There Vanya works side by side with her team. It’s hands on work, where the skill of the individual is prized over machinery.
“In a sense wine is about people in that it’s about connection to the land. I think that’s why the best experiences you have with wine are often in situ, where the wine’s made; you remember those most because you had that connection to the land.”