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Cullen Wines

Cullen Wines is based in the Wilyabrup sub-region of the Margaret River and was one of the first vineyards in the region, with Cabernet Sauvignon and ...

Cullen Wines is based in the Wilyabrup sub-region of the Margaret River and was one of the first vineyards in the region, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling planted in 1971 by Kevin and Di Cullen. The late sixties and early seventies was a very exciting time in Margaret River with other wineries such as Vasse Felix, Moss Wood and Cape Mentelle all establishing vineyards in the area.

Margaret River was established after the work of Dr John Gladstones established that the area had potential as a premium wine growing region. Margaret River’s enviable location, and the fact that it is unusually surrounded on three sides by water which helps to moderate its climate, allows fruit to reach optimum maturity but also retain its freshness.

Like many of Cullen’s contemporaries, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the wines it has become known for. The Diane Madeline is a red Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend with a small proportion of other Bordeaux varieties, such as Cabernet Franc and Malbec, which is at the elegant end of the spectrum for Margaret River. Similarly the Kevin John Chardonnay is a wine where restraint and focus are the key. One of the great strengths of both these wines in that even in challenging vintages, such as 2006, they remain high quality. Early wines were made by Di Cullen as Chief Winemaker and in 1989 she was succeeded by her daughter Vanya, whom remains in the role.


A key component of the Cullen philosophy has always been respect for the natural environment. This lead Cullen down the biodynamic route and in 2004 the vineyards were fully certified as biodynamic, which it retains to this day. A simple walk through the Cullen vineyards can illustrate the advantages this brings. Although they are not the most orderly vineyards, they are clearly full of biodiversity and the vines look in peak condition.

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