On Monday November 1st the 2017 Banksia Sustainability Awards were held in Sydney.
Cullen Wines were named the winners of the esteemed Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award which recognises demonstrated leadership, innovation and achievement through sustainable food practices.
The Awards are conducted by the Banksia Foundation, a not for profit organisation focussed on the recognition of excellence in sustainability. Their Awards are regarded as the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia.
The entire Cullen estate, including the Cullen and Mangan Vineyards, the winery, restaurant and kitchen garden is certified A grade biodynamic. It has also been voluntarily 100% carbon neutral since 2006, with carbon offsets concentrating upon Western Australian projects, including the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.
Since the estate was planted in 1971, the vines have been dry irrigated and the winery is water self sufficient. Cullen also pay a premium to purchase 100% renewable energy such as solar and wind, and are a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant, ensuring recycling is undertaken at every opportunity throughout the estate.
‘We are delighted and honoured to be recognised for our efforts through this Award,’ said Vanya Cullen, Chief Winemaker and Managing Director of Cullen Wines. ‘For us care of the earth and the environment is of paramount importance. The earth gives us the gift of our wines and produce and it is our responsibility to look after it for now and for future generations. To us, our pillars of ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’ are more than just words, they are how we choose to approach our business and our way of life’.