A boutique, 32 hectare estate located in the northern corner of Margaret River, Deep Woods Estate is ranked as a 5 red star winery by James Halliday and was named in Ray Jordan’s “The West Australian Wine Guide 2017” as Winery of the Year.
Initially established in 1987 with plantings of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Merlot, Deep Woods was acquired by the Fogarty Wine Group (FWG), a family wine business, in 2005. Upon acquisition, FWG introduced a new vineyard maintenance program utilising sustainable vineyard practices to improve fruit quality and produce lower yields. Subsequent plantings of Chardonnay and Sémillon increased the area under vine to approximately 16 hectares, planted across 12 separate blocks.
The estate is perched high on a ridge which unfolds into a picturesque secluded valley bounded by stands of Jarrah and Marri trees – hence the name Deep Woods. The estate is comprised of a modern winery, vineyard, cellar door and homestead. There is also a large natural spring, dense woodlands and spectacular views resulting in Deep Woods being credited as one of the region’s most scenic wineries too.
Following Julian Langworthy’s arrival in 2011, the winery’s award and trophy successes have been compelling with over 65 gold medals and 15 trophies. The winery is now fully managed by Julian, who grew up in Margaret River, however, his winemaking knowledge came from further afield: Wolf Blass (Barossa Valley), Wynns (Coonawarra), Knappstein (Clare Valley) and Domaine de La Baume (Languedoc-Roussillon). Now back “at home”, Julian and his team control all elements of the winemaking process, utilising a combination of traditional and modern techniques from vine through to bottle.