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1943

Diana Madeline graduated from Melbourne University with a Physiotherapy Degree

1946

Kevin Cullen graduated from Melbourne University with a Medicine Degree

1948

Diana and Dr Kevin Cullen arrived in Busselton from Tasmania and began to purchase land in the Margaret River region for farming purposes

1958

Dr Kevin Cullen was the initiator and coordinator of Busselton Population Studies

1965

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

1966

Kevin and Di Cullen involved with the trial plantings in Wilyabrup

1971

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

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

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.

1982

Vanya Cullen graduated from University of WA with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology.

1983

Vanya Cullen assumed the role of Assistant Winemaker

1984

Margaret River artist, Ashley Jones , created the distinctive oak acorn and leaf symbol still seen today on all Cullen labels.

1985

Vanya Cullen worked vintage in California at Robert Mondavi Winery.

1986

Vanya graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College with a graduate diploma in wine.

1986

Kevin Cullen introduced the inaugural Great International Chardonnay Tasting, held at Cullen Wines each year to raise the profile of Chardonnay.

1987

Vanya Cullen worked vintage in Burgundy at Domaine Joseph Drouhin.

1988

The first Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was made.

1989

Vanya Cullen assumed the role of Chief Winemaker.

1992

Vanya becomes a wine judge, only the second female to do so in Australia.

1993

The Busselton Health Centre was renamed ‘The Kevin Cullen Centre’ by the WA Premier Richard Court.

1993

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.

1994

The Australian Medical Association presented Dr Cullen with his inaugural national award for his dedication and contribution to public health.

1994

Dr Kevin John Cullen passes away

1995

Kevin and Diana jointly awarded the Western Australian Citizen of the Year in the professional category for community services.

1995

Mangan Vineyard planted

1995

Cullen stop making the Reserve Cabernet and make the one flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

1996

Extensions to the Administration and Restaurant building were completed.

1998

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.

1998

Diana awarded the Jack Mann trophy for her contribution to the Western Australian Wine Industry.

1999

Vanya assumed the role of Managing Director.

1999

Diana included in the Australia Day honours listing. She becomes a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Viticulture and Wine.

2000

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.

2000

Di has lunch with Queen Elizabeth, attending a luncheon given by the Busselton Shire president

2001

The first Diana Madeline is made.

2002

Diana awarded Life Membership by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association.

2003

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.

2003

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.

2003

Cullen Vineyard certified A Grade Organic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.

2003

Vanya is appointed Chair of Cullen Wines

2004

Cullen Vineyard certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.

2004

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.

2004

Vanya Cullen became the first female Chairperson at the Victorian Great Southern Wine Show.

2005

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.

2005

Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot upgraded to ‘Exceptional’ in the Langton’s classification.

2006

The Chardonnay became known from 2006 as the ‘Kevin John’ named after the family patriarch.

2006

Cullen Wines appoints first independent Chair.

2008

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.

2008

Cullen Winery and Mangan Vineyard is certified A Grade Biodynamic by the Biological Farmers Association (BFA) of Australia.

2010

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.

2011

Vanya Cullen was awarded the UK Drinks Magazine’s ‘Green Personality of the Year’ for her efforts in sustainability.

2011

July marked the 40th anniversary of the first plantings of vines on the Cullen family property at Wilyabrup in Margaret River.

2011

Kevin John Cullen awarded Life Membership by the Margaret River Wine Industry Association

2011

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.

2013

Cullen's 2011 Diana Madeline judged 'Wine of the Year' in The West Australian WA Wine Guide

2013

Lunch to celebrate the late Kevin John's 91st birthday.

2013

Renowned Wine Critic Tyson Stelzer names 2011 Diana Madeline Wine of the Year, 98 Points

2013

Cullen Winery opens the Self-Guided Spiral Garden Biodynamic Tour

2014

James Halliday names 2012 Diana Madeline and 2013 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Semillon Blanc in his Top 100 Wines

2014

Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines awarded the Australian Organic, Export Market Award

2014

Cullen Restaurant gets a star from Rob Broadfield

2015

2013 Diana Madeline given 98 points and announced best of the 'Other Reds' category by James Halliday

2015

Kevin John is James Halliday's top pick at the Annual Chardonnay Tasting held at Cullen Wines

2015

Cullen Wines is named one of Australia’s Top Restaurants

2015

The exceptional 2012 'Vanya' is released and received 99 points out of 100 from James Halliday

2015

Cullen Dining – Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Chef Hat Award Winner for 2015

2016

Food Critic Rob Broadfield gives Cullen Restaurant an outstanding review with new chef Colin Anderson

2016

Cullen Restaurant named in Australian Financial Review's top 500 Restaurants in Australia

2016

2014 Diana Madeline receives ratings of 99 Points by Winsor Dobbin and 98 Points by James Halliday

2016

James Halliday named as Inaugural Winner of The Cullen Award For Excellence

2016

Vanya Cullen named in list of WA's 100 Most Influential People

2017

Cullen Restaurant Awarded Chef Hat for third year in a row

2017

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.

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