The Cullen Award For Excellence

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Honouring the Legacy of Diana Madeline and Kevin John Cullen. 


In 2016 Cullen Wines commemorated their 45th year of producing wines in Wilyabrup, Margaret River, and proudly introduced the inaugural Cullen Award for Excellence.

This award honours the contribution made to Western Australian wine by Dr Kevin John Cullen and Diana Madeline Cullen, who together founded Cullen Wines in 1971. They had an unwavering belief in the potential of WA to produce world class wines and were dedicated to achieving this and helping others in the industry to do the same, by sharing their knowledge and support.

In Association with Wines of Western Australia and the WA Wine Press Club, and supported by the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and the Margaret River Wine Association, The Cullen Award for Excellence was created to recognize and reward individuals, companies or institutions from anywhere in the world, who contribute in a positive way towards promoting the Western Australian Wine Industry under the individual banners of Quality, Integrity or Sustainability.

Legendary Wine Writer and Critic James Halliday AM announced as the Inaugural Winner for 2016

James Halliday and Vanya Cullen

At a glittering black tie gala evening in July, a hundred esteemed guests enjoyed a wonderful three course meal and fine Cullen Wines whilst they reminisced and celebrated the contribution made to WA wines by Kevin and Diana Cullen. Ms Libby Mettam MLA and Member for Vasse opened the proceedings, and Vanya Cullen had the honour of announcing James Halliday as the inaugural winner, who received a standing ovation for his tireless work in promoting the wines of Western Australia.

The Cullen Award for Excellence will be an annual award, culminating in a formal gala dinner to name the recipient. Any enquiries can be directed to

Tickets for the 2017 Cullen Award For Excellence are now available. This year’s event will be held at Cullen Wines, Wilyabrup on Saturday July 22nd. Tickets are $180 per person, and can be booked online here. See full details here.

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