Great wines only come from hard work. The dedicated, experienced team at Deep Woods Estate knows this all too well. The effort everyone puts in is rewarded by the superb wines we produce and the recognition they receive.
Chief Winemaker & General Manager
James Halliday's Wine Maker of the Year 2019, a Jimmy Watson Award winner, Ray Jordan's 2017 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee, Julian is now regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia. His impressive career has included vintages in France and Canada, as well as senior winemaking roles in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Passionate about producing regionally distinctive wines, Julian joined the Deep Woods team in 2011. Under his leadership, the winemaking team has continued to refine and explore the Deep Woods style, culminating in over 25 trophies and in excess of 70 gold medals awarded across major national and international wine shows.
John has been the Chief Viticulturist for the Fogarty Wine Group since 2002, overseeing the management of more than 350 hectares of premium vineyards throughout Western Australia, and buying fruit from over 65 growers. John’s interest in planting and training young vines is coupled with an ardent focus on innovation – wanting to give his winemakers the ability to create the best wines possible, he is constantly looking at ways to increase fruit quality. John has completed multiple degrees in viticulture and has an unmatched knowledge of some of the best vineyard sites across Western Australia. John and Julian make a formidable team and at the same time enjoy a great friendship with their young families.
Emma’s love for wine has developed into a passionate career. After commencing an oenology and viticulture degree, Emma moved to Margaret River to gain valuable experience at the cellar door and in the laboratory before becoming an assistant winemaker at a local winery. Emma then experienced a vintage overseas in the Willamette Valley in Oregon before returning to Margaret River. Since joining the Deep Woods team in 2015, Emma has quickly worked her way from cellar hand to winemaker.