Diana Madeline graduated from Melbourne University with a Physiotherapy Degree
Kevin Cullen graduated from Melbourne University with a Medicine Degree
Diana and Dr Kevin Cullen arrived in Busselton from Tasmania and began to purchase land in the Margaret River region for farming purposes
Dr Kevin Cullen was the initiator and coordinator of Busselton Population Studies
Studies carried out by renowned WA agronomist Dr. John Gladstones proved conclusively that Margaret River would be ideal for viticulture and particularly the production of quality wine
Kevin and Di Cullen involved with the trial plantings in Wilyabrup
Kevin and Di were so pleased with the results of the trial that they planted 18 acres of vines on their sheep and cattle farm. These initial varieties were Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, the only varieties they were able to source
1976 to 1978 With demand for Cullen Wines growing annually, a new vineyard was planted to extend the acreage of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
1981 to 1989 Diana Cullen finished her physiotherapy career in 1981 to become full-time winemaker at Cullen Wines. She was the first woman to win a trophy at the Perth Royal Wine Show with a Sauvignon Blanc. In making this wine, Di pioneered the use of oak in white wine production in Western Australia.
Vanya Cullen graduated from University of WA with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology.
Vanya Cullen assumed the role of Assistant Winemaker
Margaret River artist, Ashley Jones , created the distinctive oak acorn and leaf symbol still seen today on all Cullen labels.
Vanya Cullen worked vintage in California at Robert Mondavi Winery.
Vanya graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College with a graduate diploma in wine.
Kevin Cullen introduced the inaugural Great International Chardonnay Tasting, held at Cullen Wines each year to raise the profile of Chardonnay.
Vanya Cullen worked vintage in Burgundy at Domaine Joseph Drouhin.
The first Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was made.
Vanya Cullen assumed the role of Chief Winemaker.
Vanya becomes a wine judge, only the second female to do so in Australia.
The Busselton Health Centre was renamed ‘The Kevin Cullen Centre’ by the WA Premier Richard Court.
Dr Kevin John Cullen was included in the Australia Day honours listing. He became a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to medicine and viticulture.
The Australian Medical Association presented Dr Cullen with his inaugural national award for his dedication and contribution to public health.
Dr Kevin John Cullen passes away
Kevin and Diana jointly awarded the Western Australian Citizen of the Year in the professional category for community services.
Mangan Vineyard planted
Cullen stop making the Reserve Cabernet and make the one flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Extensions to the Administration and Restaurant building were completed.
Cullen Wines becomes a company – Cullen Wines Australia Pty Ltd. Diana is Chairperson, Vanya is Managing Director and other shareholders are all family members; Richard, Shelley, Stewart, Digby and Ariane Cullen.
Diana awarded the Jack Mann trophy for her contribution to the Western Australian Wine Industry.
Vanya assumed the role of Managing Director.
Diana included in the Australia Day honours listing. She becomes a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Viticulture and Wine.
Vanya awarded Qantas/The Wine Magazine Winemaker of the Year. She was the third recipient of this prize, the first West Australian and the first woman to win the Award.
Di has lunch with Queen Elizabeth, attending a luncheon given by the Busselton Shire president
The first Diana Madeline is made.
Diana awarded Life Membership by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.
Diana Madeline Cullen passed away. The Western Australian Wine Industry acknowledged Diana by naming an award in her honour – The Diana Madeline Cullen Award recognises the Outstanding Contribution by an individual to the WA Wine Industry.
With the passing of Diana Madeline Cullen in 2003, the decision was made to rename the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot to the Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon in her honour, and from 2005 the label was changed simply to Diana Madeline and has been made every year since this time.
Cullen Vineyard certified A Grade Organic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.
Vanya is appointed Chair of Cullen Wines
Cullen Vineyard certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.
Diana Cullen inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame, which recognises Western Australian pioneers of the land who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and progress of agriculture.
Vanya Cullen became the first female Chairperson at the Victorian Great Southern Wine Show.
With the passing of Diana Madeline Cullen in 2003, the decision was made to rename the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot to the Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon in her honour, and from 2005 the label was changed simply to Diana Madeline.
Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot upgraded to ‘Exceptional’ in the Langton’s classification.
The Chardonnay became known from 2006 as the ‘Kevin John’ named after the family patriarch.
Cullen Wines appoints first independent Chair.
Vanya Cullen was awarded the UK Drinks Magazine Woman of The Year for her dedication and commitment to the industry, and showing that you can have a successful business whilst looking after the environment.
Cullen Winery and Mangan Vineyard is certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010, one of the world’s most renowned and well respected wine shows, awarded Cullen Wines the top prize for its 2007 Kevin John Chardonnay.
Vanya Cullen was awarded the UK Drinks Magazine’s ‘Green Personality of the Year’ for her efforts in sustainability.
July marked the 40th anniversary of the first plantings of vines on the Cullen family property at Wilyabrup in Margaret River.
Kevin John Cullen awarded Life Membership by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association
The 2009 Diana Madeline receives awards for Jeremy Oliver’s Wine of the Year. Nick Stock’s Best Cabernet Merlot blend and Ray Jordan’s Best Cabernet Merlot.
Cullen's 2011 Diana Madeline judged 'Wine of the Year' in The West Australian WA Wine Guide
Lunch to celebrate the late Kevin John's 91st birthday.
Renowned Wine Critic Tyson Stelzer names 2011 Diana Madeline Wine of the Year, 98 Points
Cullen Winery opens the Self-Guided Spiral Garden Biodynamic Tour
James Halliday names 2012 Diana Madeline and 2013 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Semillon Blanc in his Top 100 Wines
Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines awarded the Australian Organic, Export Market Award
Cullen Restaurant gets a star from Rob Broadfield
2013 Diana Madeline given 98 points and announced best of the 'Other Reds' category by James Halliday
Kevin John is James Halliday's top pick at the Annual Chardonnay Tasting held at Cullen Wines
Cullen Wines is named one of Australia’s Top Restaurants
The exceptional 2012 'Vanya' is released and received 99 points out of 100 from James Halliday
Cullen Dining – Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat Award Winner for 2015
Food Critic Rob Broadfield gives Cullen Restaurant an outstanding review with new chef Colin Anderson
Cullen Restaurant named in Australian Financial Review's top 500 Restaurants in Australia
2014 Diana Madeline receives ratings of 99 Points by Winsor Dobbin and 98 Points by James Halliday
James Halliday named as Inaugural Winner of The Cullen Award For Excellence
Vanya Cullen named in list of WA's 100 Most Influential People
Cullen Restaurant Awarded Chef Hat for third year in a row
Dr John Gladstones accepts the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence
At a gala dinner on July 22nd at Cullen Wines, Dr John Gladstones, the scientist who first identified Margaret River as having similar conditions to Bordeaux, was announced as the winner of the 2017 Cullen Award for Excellence for his services to the WA wine industry.
Cullen Wines was awarded the 'Banksia Food for Sustainable Thought Award' by the Banksia Foundation
The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability.
2015 Diana Madeline included in James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wines 2017
James Halliday’s Top 100 has four categories; Best White Wines under $20, Best Red Wines under $25, Best White Wines over $20 and Best Red Wines over $25. Cullen’s 2015 Diana Madeline was named in the latter category. From 387 wines submitted into this category, 20 wines were selected.
Cullen Restaurant is awarded 'Two Hats' at the Good Food Guide Restaurant Awards
Vivino Wine Style Award Honors: 2010 Diana Madeline listed as top wine in Australian Bordeaux Blend category.
Vivino’s 2018 Wine Style Awards recognize the very best and most beloved wines from around the globe. The award winning wines were determined by Vivino’s 26 million users and the millions of wine ratings they’ve submitted over the past 12 months.