Vanya Cullen has been inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame.
Vanya has been responsible for winemaking at her family's Wilyabrup winery since 1989 and has worked full-time since 1983. During that time she has been rigorously experimenting in the vineyard (especially with soil and trellis management) and in the winery all the while looking to give her wines greater complexity. Her palate has been honed by judging throughout Australia and overseas, and by her continuous pursuit of a thorough knowledge of the wines of the world. Over the past decade, Cullen has transformed her family firm from one of Margaret River's best into one of the country's premium boutique wineries. Cullen Wines while remaining family owned has since evolved making quality wine from a certified Biodynamic, Carbon Neutral and naturally powered estate. Exemplary viticulture lies at the heart of her success but so, too, do care and thorough attention to detail in the winery.
Vanya Cullen was the winner of the 2000 Qantas/The Wine Magazine Winemaker of the year. She was the third recipient of this prize, the first Western Australian and the first woman to win the award. Vanya sits on the Qantas Taste Panel and has judged at wine shows in every major city in Australia. In 2008, she was awarded the UK Drinks Business Magazine 'Woman of the Year 2008' and in 2011 the 'Green Personality of the Year' for her commitment to the wine industry and for demonstrating that you can operate a successful business all while looking after the environment.