From our vineyard to the winery, cellar door, bottling line and offices, our experienced team are passionate about Margaret River and Deep Woods Estate. Their passion is rewarded through the award-winning wines they craft each vintage.

Julian Langworthy

Chief Winemaker & General Manager

Julian is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia with awards such as James Halliday's Winemaker of the Year, a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, Ray Jordan's Winemaker of the Year, and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee. 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 more than 60 trophies and 200 gold medals awarded across major national and international wine shows.

John Fogarty

Chief Viticulturist

John has been the Chief Viticulturist for the Fogarty Wine Group since 2002, overseeing the management of the premium vineyards in Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, and sourcing fruit from select growers. John’s interest in planting and training young vines is coupled with an ardent focus on sustainability and innovation. He is constantly looking at ways to increase fruit quality to ensure the Group’s winemakers can create the best wines possible. John has completed multiple degrees in viticulture and has an unmatched knowledge of each vineyard site.

John and Julian make a formidable team and at the same time enjoy a great friendship with their young families.

Emma Gillespie

Senior Winemaker & Cellar Manager

Emma joined the Deep Woods team as a cellar hand in 2015 and was appointed Assistant Winemaker that same year. Emma began her winemaking career in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at Curtin University. She then gained experience in the United States working for a high-end small-batch producer. In 2017 Emma was appointed Operations Manager and in 2023 she became Senior Winemaker, working alongside Chief Winemaker Julian Langworthy to run the winery.

Emma is also making her name in the local judging scene and has been involved with the Perth Royal Wine Awards since 2016 where she has completed three years as an associate judge and two years as a senior judge. In 2020 she accepted the role of senior judge at the Wine Show of Western Australia.

Matt Buchan

Senior Winemaker & Winery Operations Manager

Born and bred in McLaren Vale, Matt was immersed in the wine industry from a young age. Now with more than 20 years of winemaking experience, Matt’s commitment and passion for wine is unwavering. He has completed vintages in the Napa Valley, Central Otago and Mosel Valley before moving to Margaret River in 2012 where he has spent over a decade creating award-winning wines from multiple regions across Western Australia.

Matt has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) through Charles Sturt
University and is a regular wine show judge both locally and interstate.

Meet the Winemaker

Julian Langworthy