Wine evangelist, devoted epicurean, Cordon Bleu chef, consultant, marketer and promoter of high quality wines, aesthete, scribe, editor, and founder of Monaco’s top lifestyle magazine
"My abiding love for unique wines and those who make them compels me to showcase the best South African vintages year after year. Being driven to teach the ways of the vine, the why’s of terroir, and all the nuances and traditions wines encompass, I have brought diverse elements of the wine fraternity together for more than 25 years.
Founder and Chief Enthusiastic Oenophile (CEO) of the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival – with sponsorship from Standard Bank since 2005
Now in its 25th year, the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival is South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious wine show, promoting just 60 wine industry leaders to oenophiles and connoisseurs from around the country
Juliet is also the editor and founder of MONTE CARLO, The Art of Taste, a glossy high-end magazine showcasing Monte Carlo’s finest in art, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle. The refined publication unveils international boutique venues and divulges bespoke treasures.”
Juliet Cullinan’s expertise in wine promoting ranged from consulting for Stephan Welz Sothebys Auction House in Johannesburg to inviting Edouard Malbois, visionary food and wine personality from Enivrance in Paris to Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Her passion for the vine led her to launch the Juliet Cullinan Wine Connoisseurs Awards.
A love of food and a pioneering spirit inspired her to open a cooking school turning out leading chefs. The Juliet Cullinan Cookery School was fêted from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
A regular speaker on the By Word of Mouth radio programme, discussions of food and wine on a local radio station. Juliet was also in demand as a freelance writer for local and international newspapers, magazines and websites. She penned the wine chapters of the book Fine food on the Highveld by Lyndall Popper.
Juliet Cullinan’s passion for wine began maturing in the 1980s when she worked in KWV’s London office promoting the South African Wine Farmers Association for two years, before the office was closed down due to sanctions against SA.
London in the eighties was an introduction to Masters of Wine, international tastings, the International Wine and Spirit wine course and wine bars. It was a short flight from France with courses in Bordeaux, flutes of Champagne in the Champagne Region, deciphering the minute vineyards and complex Appelation system in Burgundy, Châteaux and Chenin in the Loire and rosé on the French Riviera.
Juliet returned to SA, designed and presented the KWV International Wine Courses, followed by a year with J.M. Da Fonseca in Portugal and a brief spell launching Rhebokskloof rosé before starting her own company Juliet Cullinan Wines.
Graduated from L’Institut International des Vins et Spiriteux in Bordeaux, KWV and Cape Wine Academy in Johannesburg, the British Wine and Spirit Educational Trust and the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London.
Juliet has been introduced into the Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne and La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
• First Google street view featuring leading SA wineries.
• First images displaying flavours in grapes.
• First wine shorthand to capture tasting terms in images.
Juliet Cullinan lives in Monaco. She has two children, Claire Cullinan Scott who studies Occupational Therapy at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and David Cullinan Scott who attends Millfield School in Somerset, United Kingdom, and plans to follow a career as a professional cricketer.