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Emma Wood Joins Wirra Wirra

By Thursday 28 July 2022September 28th, 2023No Comments

Highly regarded winemaker Emma Wood has left Penfolds to join Wirra Wirra as the senior winemaker.

Emma was previously Penfolds senior winemaker. She replaces Paul Smith who resigned recently.

Matthew Deller MW has been appointed CEO, replacing Andrew Kay who now heads up Business SA.

Emma joins Wirra Wirra after a diverse career at Treasury Wine Estates.

Her most recent role as senior winemaker for Penfolds saw her heading the brand’s winemaking venture in France and leading the Penfolds winemaking team.

Emma was also senior winemaker at Seppelt Great Western.

“The reputation of McLaren Vale wines is world renowned, and the pedigree and consistency of Wirra Wirra wines is a standout amongst them, with wines such as Church Block, RSW, The Absconder and The Angelus,” Emma says.

“I am honoured to build on that history and am excited to be joining the team and looking forward to familiarising myself with the vineyards and valued growers.”


Matthew joins the business from Villa Maria and the role of chief global sales and marketing officer.

Prior to his role in New Zealand, Matthew had extensive experience in the United States as chief operating officer for TOR Napa Valley as well as senior roles at Wine Access and Constellation Brands.

He became a Master of Wine in 2016.

“It’s a huge honour to take on custodianship of Wirra Wirra following 16 years of outstanding leadership by Andrew Kay,” Matthew says.

“Wirra Wirra’s amazing people and culture, commitment to biodynamics and the authenticity, provenance and character of its wines position it firmly amongst Australia’s finest wineries.

“Now, with Emma Wood at the winemaking helm, I’m excited to work with the team to take Wirra Wirra to the next level.”

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