Julian Grounds (Senior Winemaker)

Hailing from Albany in the Great Southern, Western Autralia, Julian graduated Dux of Viticulture and Oenology and won the Leeuwin Scholarship to do vintage in the Southern Burdgundy region of increasing presence, Pouilly Fuisse.


After the obligatory post-study "apprenticeship" at Leeuwin Estate, Julian left Australia to work for one of the founding families of the Oregon wine region - the Ponzi family. Combining this experience with further vintages in Central Otago, Julian honed his craft of low intervention, cool climate winemaking.


Eventually, Julian was coerced back to Victoria's Yarra Valley region where, after a short stint at Medhurst Wines, he became Senior Winemaker for Giant Steps, helping shape some of the most respected single vineyard wines in Australia.


Julian sees site expression and vineyard/winery sustainability as the most imperatives elements to crafting quality wines.


"For me every wine should be the purest expression of the site from which the fruit is grown. All elements of that site (biological activity, soil type, prevailing winds etc) are critical at giving a wine its personality, and it's our responsibility to ensure that these elements shine through".


Sharing McHenry Hohnen's philosophy of sustainability and site expression, Julian sees a bright future with the benefits of biologically farmed fruit from some of the most unique sights in the Margaret River region.


Julian is also an experienced wine judge and has been a senior wine judge at many of Australia's leading shows including the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge, Sydney and Margaret River shows. 



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