Written by Sarah Bruning, July 20, 2015, Conde Nast Traveler
There’s a new guard rising in the hospitality industry—a legion of bartenders, winemakers, beverage directors, and writers with strong visions and opinions as to what the world should be sipping. Meet the innovators and influencers who are changing your drinking habits and palates for the years to come…
Vanya Cullen, head winemaker at Cullen Wines, Australia
Since she assumed the role of chief winemaker at her family’s Australian vineyard in 1989, Cullen has impressed both peers and critics alike with her ability to bring out the natural complexities of each varietal. What’s more, she’s committed to biodynamic, carbon-neutral practices that make her winery as sustainable as it is successful. At 2014’s inaugural Australian Organic Awards, Cullen took top prize for her efforts. She has raised the profile of Australia’s Margaret River valley as a worthwhile wine destination, and she’s proven that it’s possible to cultivate wines as ecologically responsible as they are distinctive and elegant.
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