Behind Every Bottle

All great wines start in the vineyard

Winemaking

Our philosophy at Brown Brothers has always been to make wine that our customers love to drink, and we’re passionate about growing grapes and making the styles of wine that Australians know and love to drink.

In our time we’ve been fortunate to work with the CSIRO to help develop new world grape varieties such as Cienna, as well as create new styles of old favourites that are naturally lighter in alcohol, or exclusively one standard drink in a serve. We’re traditionalists and experimentalists; a team of winemakers who are passionate about our craft, and bringing Australia’s favourite wine to the table. 

The Kindergarten Winery

Here at Brown Brothers we like to push the boundaries of what traditional winemaking can be. Like working with the CSIRO to develop a new varietal with a lovely name and even lovelier palate (hello, Cienna); or drawing complex flavours from techniques with even more complex names… from carbonic maceration to wild ferments.

In the micro-winery we call our ‘Kindergarten’, there are no boundaries. The only rule? To fail an experiment at least once every year.

Viticulture

Brown Brothers has over 840 hectares of grapevines and owns six vineyards across Victoria and Tasmania, including our home site of Milawa, Banksdale located in the upper King Valley, Heathcote in Central Victoria, Mystic Park in the sun-drenched Murray Valley, Kayena Vineyard in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania, and The Hazards on Tasmania’s East Coast. 

Within these vineyards we grow over 32 different grape varieties, which means vineyard site in terms of terroir (soil types, aspect and climate) plays a huge role in the final wine that ends up in the bottle, and in your hands.

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The Winery Within a Winery

Last year we invited Broadsheet to come and explore our Kindergarten Winery: our very own playground for innovative winemaking, experimentation and creativity.

One hundred and thirty years ago John Francis Brown planted 10 acres of grapevines in Milawa, Victoria. Today his great-granddaughters work in the Brown Brothers winery just as John would have wanted it – keeping it a true family affair.