Peter was the second son of John Charles and Patricia Brown. In November 2005, Peter’s life was tragically foreshortened in a motorcycle accident. Joining the family business in 1963 as Vineyard Manager he spent many years in the role of Viticultural Director before taking over management of the St Leonards Vineyard and All Saints Estate.
Peter revitalised All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyards under the banner of Peter R. Brown Family Vineyards. He also continued his involvement in Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard through his position as Director on the Brown Brothers Board. Peter is succeeded by his daughters Eliza and Angela and son Nicholas.
Peter joined the family business in 1963 after completing his education at Scotch College in Melbourne. Like John Graham, Peter’s viticultural career commenced well before his official appointment in the company. A role as Vineyard Manager then as Viticultural Director fulfilled his love of the outdoors and his life long fascination with vineyards, different grape varieties and viticultural experimentation.
Peter was responsible for the establishment of Brown Brothers’ Mystic Park Vineyard in the 1960s, next to Kangaroo Lake in the Murray Valley of northern Victoria. Mystic Park is home to the company’s warm climate grape plantings including Crouchen, Tarrango, Orange Muscat and Flora from which Brown Brothers produce unique wines. Over 40 varieties, new to Australia were developed on this property. He was also instrumental in the 1982 establishment of the Whitlands Vineyard, which at 800 metres, is one of Victoria’s highest and coolest vineyards.
Peter also developed the on-site mechanical maintenance workshop and welding shop, which provide services for the entire company. He also oversaw the appointment of full-time Vineyard Managers in the company’s key sites.
The All Saints Estate when first purchased consisted of extensive real estate and the business had all but disappeared. Since 1992 the real estate has been redeveloped and the business also has experienced rapid redevelopment. St Leonards Vineyard continues to be a charming, relaxing destination and home to some of the nation’s finest table wines while All Saints Estate is a North East Victorian icon, featuring a Scottish winery castle built in the 1880s.
In 1980 the family purchased the St Leonards Vineyard, and then All Saints Estate in 1992, both located by the Murray River at Wahgunyah in northern Victoria. Peter managed both wineries until he bought them from the family as his own in 1999.
Sadly Peter died in November 2005, but his family continues his vision in the production of premium wine. Eliza, Angela and Nicholas, are all involved in the wine industry. Eliza, after working with her father as sales and marketing manager is now director and CEO of All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyards. Angela’s expertise lies in brand management and export and is involved across all businesses. Nicholas finished studying (Oenology) Winemaking at Adelaide University in 2006 and now is following in his father footsteps developing the vineyard and contributing in the winery at All Saints Estate and St Leonards Vineyards. All three continue their interests as partners and ambassadors in the Brown Brothers business.