2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards | Vanya Cullen named Winemaker of the Year for second time in 2019

Cullen Wines senior winemaker Vanya Cullen named Winemaker of the Year at the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards held in New York City. Image supplied.
Cullen Wines senior winemaker Vanya Cullen named Winemaker of the Year at the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards held in New York City. Image supplied.

Wilyabrup winemaker Vanya Cullen has been named Winemaker of the Year for the second time in 2019.

Ms Cullen received the accolade at the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards at a ceremony held in New York City, along with Ulrika Larsson from Clairault Streicker who was named Cellar Door Person of the Year.

It has been a great year for Ms Cullen who is celebrating her 30th year of being senior winemaker at Cullen Wines, as well as receiving the Halliday Winemaker of the Year last month.

The event in New York City was attended by nearly 40 Australian female wine producers, and the invitation only guest list which included more than 100 trade, media and dignitaries.

Ms Cullen said she felt honoured, humbled and grateful to win the AWIWA Winemaker of the Year 2019 award.

"Three generations of women, my maternal grandmother Madeline Grace Smith was a suffragette, my mother Diana Madeline a pioneering woman in Margaret River and it's my 30th year at Cullens being senior winemaker," she said.

"What a year.

"I feel blessed and grateful to the organisers and judges of the Australian Women in Wine Awards for all their work promoting women in wine in Australia and globally and for the award.

"Also, to Wine Australia for their contribution. It's a love story of nature, the earth, great wine, family, friends and colleagues. And what a great city to be in to win. I am over the moon about it."

After 48 hours of travel to get there, Ulrika Larsson said it felt surreal to be standing in New York City among all the fabulous, strong and influential wine women.

Ulrika Larsson from Clairault Streicker was named Cellar Door Person of the Year at the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards held in New York City. Image supplied.

Ulrika Larsson from Clairault Streicker was named Cellar Door Person of the Year at the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards held in New York City. Image supplied.

"To win this award and to be mixing with all these awesome ladies gives me confidence and inspiration to continue doing what I love, working in cellar door," she said.

Margaret River Wine Association chief executive officer Amanda Whiteland said it was so fantastic to be in New York with Vanya, Ulrika and all the other women in wine to celebrate the talent and passion we have in Margaret River.

"The AWIWA kicks off Wine Australia's largest ever promotion in the USA, which also included a six-city roadshow," she said.

"Seventeen Margaret River wineries participated and the roadshow is expected to attract 2,500 American wine trade attendees across the New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco events.

"This is a significant opportunity for Margaret River to increase its position in the USA, the world's largest and most attractive market, and it is great to be here waving the flag."